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I have a new logo, and I’m pleased to say that the day I purchased it and printed it out, I was able to ask a client what he thought about it, and he immediately recognized it as a tree

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Whose Death is it Anyway?

When I was putting together the outline for this post, I thought of the title “a death of one’s own” and so I tried googling that.  I found a video on vimeo from Bill Moyers from 2000.  It struck me

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The Expression of Grief as an Essential Human Activity

Say what?! Grief, Barb – isn’t that suffering that we all want to avoid?  Well, not so fast. Yes, I am working my way up to some more posts about euthanasia, and grief and grieving is the middle ground for

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Grief, Gratitude and Meaning in Dying

  Okay, maybe you were looking for an upbeat happy-faced Thanksgiving post from me? Well, I have advised clients and written in blog posts that it is a great time to have “the conversation” about end of life wishes when

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The Medical Power of Attorney and Medical Advocacy: Two Roles are Better than One

How can we help elders navigate the daunting medical system and help them make the best choices for their needs and values?  Last week I attended a lunchtime continuing legal education program sponsored by the Arapahoe County Bar Association and

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Posted in Elder Law & Estate Planning Current Developments

The Contractual Capacity Conundrum, or Part 3

  So we’re back on this capacity discussion again.  In the first installment I looked at testamentary capacity, which I characterized as the “basement” as far as capacity levels go.  For better or worse, the contextual notions of how much

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Capacity and Incapacity in the Health Care Context

In this second installment about capacity and incapacity, I’m looking at capacity in the health care context.  To recap, the fundamental question of “how much capacity is enough” must be answered with a response beginning with “it depends . .

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Capacity and Incapacity: A Broad Context for Financial Abuse of Elders (part 1)

  Aging is a process.  The fact is that most of us, especially my age cohort (the Baby Boomers), really don’t like to think about aging or incapacity or death.  Many of us think that if we eat right and

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The High Price of Death Denial

My best friend in Sacramento sent me a link yesterday morning about (Dr.) Atul Gawande’s latest book:  Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.  Thanks Liz!   This title is also inspired by a couple other occurrences too –

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Dementia and Memory: Out of Time, Out of Mind II

This second part of the post focuses a bit more on the qualitative aspect of memory – memory as meaningful life activity, not just a necessity of daily functioning and detail management that holds together moving parts.  I will include

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Denial of Aging and Death as Source of Conflict

  Autumn here in the Denver metropolitan area is beautiful.  Some of our trees’ leaves have started turning while others have not.  The apple tree in my backyard is producing many fine apples, which I am happy to eat.  Her

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Posted in Mediation and Peacemaking