Fidelity, Wisdom, and Love

July 2005
Journal of Financial Planning;Jul2005, Vol. 18 Issue 7, p17
Academic Journal
This article features the interactive workbook and video Fidelity, Wisdom, and Love: Patients and Proxies in Relationships, by Joseph Fins and Barbara Maltby. The authors used several years of research as the basis to help people decide on the kind of end-of-life care they want, choose someone to speak for them when they cannot make their own decisions, think about and discuss some common medical situations to help their agent make better decisions and talk comfortably about their wishes. The book discusses the difference in a living will and a health care proxy or medical power of attorney, suggests dialogue between the patient and proxy, and provides suggested discussion for situations when guidelines are not clear. Four medical conditions are described that allow the patient and the proxy to engage in meaningful discussion on choices, including congestive heart failure, cancer, stroke and Alzheimer's. Fins said that In each scenario, one can role-play as the patient and the proxy. Ideally, people will buy two books and each person can have their own. But, of course, they should come together and talk about it. Two workbooks and the companion video can be ordered for $33 at www.fidelitywisdomandlove.org or $8 for a single workbook at Amazon.com. All proceeds go to the Division of Ethics at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.


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