Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Mental Health Advance Directive
Compassion & Choices of Washington and Lisa Brodoff, Esq, are pleased to present our Alzheimer’s and Dementia Mental Health Advance Directive.
This first-of-its-kind advance planning document allows people coping with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia to document their wishes about the inevitable challenges related to living with these illnesses. Even if this directive is not legal where you live, you can still use it to document your wishes and provide a guide for your family, health care providers, long-term care providers, and others.
Our directive is the culmination of more than a year of work by Seattle University Clinical Law Professor Lisa Brodoff, Esq, and Compassion & Choices of Washington’s Executive Director, Robb Miller. Reviewers included our Advisory Committee members, Elder Law Attorney, Christopher Henderson, Esq, Geriatric Social Worker, Carin Mack, ACSW, and individual, family, and group therapy provider, Jane Tornatore, PhD, LMFT.
This Advance Directive is endorsed by the Western and Central Washington State Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Completing this document with the help of professionals, such as a mental health professional, geriatric care manager, and/or an elder law attorney, is highly recommended.
This directive is also available by mail.
Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia: Maintaining Dignity and Control of the End of Life
Advice about Alzheimer’s, the concept of allowing a natural death, and the benefits of hospice care.
Alzheimer’s Association – Washington State Chapter
Please note: People with dementia are unable to qualify for the Death with Dignity Act because by the time they are eligible to receive a terminal diagnosis with a six-month prognosis, they are no longer deemed mentally competent.