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No one wants to think about illness and death. And if you’re young and healthy, you may feel you can get away with not thinking about it. But we can't predict the future. No one can know if or when they might get sick or become mentally incapable. Planning will set you up to live well, on your own terms — from the day you really need help until the end. Learn essential information you need to know when planning for your future care.

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I'm not waiting for a crisis. I want to plan now for potential incapacity later.

Amy and Janet

I'm an adult with an intellectual disability, or who has suffered a traumatic brain injury. Or I'm a caregiver of an adult in this situation.

Sam and Lisa

I am caring for an older adult with declining cognitive ability who needs help making decisions now.


I'm a capable adult, and am currently experiencing a health crisis.

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