Inspired by the life and work of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Aging with Dignity is a national non-profit organization with a mission to affirm and safeguard the human dignity of individuals as they age, and to promote better care for those near the end of life. Founder Jim Towey served as Mother Teresa’s friend and legal counsel for 12 years, and was a full-time volunteer in her home for people with AIDS. Her tender care and concern for all a person’s needs – medical, emotional and spiritual – served as the guideline for Five Wishes, America’s most popular living will. Introduced in 1977 and dubbed “the living will with a heart and soul,” Five Wishes meets the legal requirements of 42 states and has helped millions of people plan for and receive the kind of care they want. Five Wishes is unique among all other advance directives and living wills because it is user-friendly and easy to complete. Now available online and in 28 languages – including Braille – users can now complete Five Wishes on screen and print out a personalized document immediately.
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