Health care surrogates help seniors with key decisions

While some seniors may proactively name a health care agent or create a living will, many seniors do not prepare for such events.

Op-Ed (Tennessee)

Emma W. Sholl
Tennessean, The
November 24, 2015

Tags: Health Care

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands


When a senior fails to develop a plan and then becomes unable to make sound decisions, families may feel powerless to help.

However, it’s not too late. A family member or friend can still make health care decisions by becoming a health care surrogate.

Many family members and close friends are ready to step in when seniors can’t make health care decisions for themselves.