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As Daughters of Sarah Senior Community takes stock of its service to the wider community and assesses the possible breadth of its role with respect to aging, another mandate becomes clear. We talk about "Jewish values and traditions" as the core of the life we endeavor to facilitate for our residents. Over 65 years ago, we knew we had to feed, shelter, and provide medical care for our elders.

Aging and elderhood look very different now than they did then. It has come undeniably to our attention that aging is not something that happens at a certain point. There is no chronology to what might happen when. The disability that may come with aging -- the reason that some need our residential and therapuetic services - can meet us in mid-life as well as in our much older years.

We believe it is also our duty to help those members of our community who read these pages to prepare as much as possible for what may meet them on the roads we travel. As we all get older, we may find a need to turn to concerned relatives and friends to assist us in making decisions at forks in the road. One of the best ways to prepare for that need is to plan in advance by signing an Advance Directive.

Below are some basic facts and suggestions to keep in mind from the NYS Attorney General's Office. You can call them at (518) 474-7330. The following information is adapted from the NYS Attorney General's Office web site:

In New York State, there are four types of Advance Directives:

A Power of Attorney primarily authorizes the person you designate to make financial decisions for you. It cannot be used to make health care decisions.

A Health Care Proxy lets you appoint someone you trust to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to make decisions for yourself. It becomes effective only when you become unable to make decisions for yourself, as determined by a physician. You may revoke the proxy orally, and you always have the right while competent to sign a new one.

A Living Will allows you to leave written instructions that explain your health care wishes, especially about endof-life care. You cannot use a Living Will to name a health care agent. A Living Will together with a Health Care Proxy lets you state your health care wishes and name a health care agent to carry them out.

A Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNR) only lets you express your wish to do without cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) - that is, emergency treatment to restart your heart and lungs if your heartbeat or breathing stops.

Daughters of Sarah offers downloads of a General Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy Form, and Living Will on our Admissions page.

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