New Dementia Resources

As part of their newly consolidated “Tools to Finish Strong,” the national organization Compassion & Choices has launched a suite of new interactive Dementia resources to help you stay in control of your life and care even if a time comes when you are no longer able to make decisions for yourself.  

The Dementia Values and Priorities Tool guides you through a number of potential scenarios and care thresholds to help you identify your personal values and care wishes and document them for your loved ones who may have to act on your behalf in the future. In under 30 minutes, you will have a printable and legally-defensible Advanced Directive Addendum to discuss with your healthcare proxies.

In the Dementia Decoder, you identify your worries—as either a patient or of a caregiver—about a new or potential dementia diagnosis and provides you questions to ask medical professionals to help empower you to direct your own care based on your values and wishes.

Finish Strong

“One in three Americans will die with dementia…While it’s not possible to accurately predict whether or not you or a loved one will be diagnosed with dementia, with proper planning and a strong healthcare advocate, it is possible to avoid needless suffering at the end of life.” – Compassion & Choices

 

 

Dorothy’s End of Life Planning Packet

During our event in August 2019 at Princeton Public Library with Dorothy Mullen, expert spokespeople from the Princeton community shared insights and “to do” items on such topics as financial and legal planning for end of life, how to be an executor, when medicinal marijuana may be right for you, eligibility and access to New Jersey’s medical aid in dying option, and how to budget and plan for bodily disposition and a meaningful memorial.  We collected one-page resource guides on these topics and added Dorothy’s planning matrix and Leslie’s Need to Know Kit checklist.

Special thanks to the following presenters and affiliated organizations, who allowed their materials to be shared:

Virginia Bryant, Esq. | Rhone Bryant LLC | rhonebryant.com

Kim Callinan, CEO | Compassion & Choices |CompassionandChoices.org

Stephen Goldfine, MD and Jennifer Adams| SamaritanNJ.org

Vincent Leonti, MD | Princeton Integrative Health | princetonih.com

George Luciani, CFP | Covered Bridge Advisors |cbridgeadvisors.com

Laurie Powsner | Funeral Consumer Advocate | fcaprinceton.org

 

And to Sharyn Murray | Locomotion Multimedia

and Chuck McEnroe | BSG Media Production