My Life Preferences

  • Helps us assess what we hold important in life. 
  • Puts us in charge of how we live our lives.
  • Allows us to make good health care decisions with calm and deliberation. 
  • Conveys our wishes clearly should we become unable to speak for ourselves.
  • Gives our physicians information they need to know.
  • Focuses on desired incomes, not treatment choices. Regardless of changes in medical technology the question will always be “will this procedure achieve the desired outcome?” 
  • Spares us medical procedures we may not have wanted, or confirms our desire for aggressive treatment.
  • Saves family and friends the grief of being helpless bystanders.
  • Allows our POAs, family and friends to become helpers instead.
  • Allows us to express our feelings about areas we may never have considered.
  • Gives our POAs a constantly updated picture of our wants. If we change our minds, all we need to do is talk to them.
  • Makes our POAs direct eye witnesses to what we have to say, something that stands up in court and wards off pressure from anyone who disagrees with them.  
  • Serves as an attitude and values survey but does not ask us to make decisions about unforeseeable events. 
  • Provides our POAs clear guidelines they can follow based on conditions in real time.