Duncan Sinclair is emeritus professor of physiology and a fellow of the School of Policy Studies of Queen’s University. He recently joined the board of TVN, Canada’s frailty health network, and was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in April.
While not yet frail, I am elderly. While I am doing everything I can to avoid becoming somebody’s patient, my wife’s recent end-of-life struggle has made me think long and hard about what my needs will be, if and when I become frail.
For starters, those who will care for me then should know what I expect. While I still can, I must put those expectations on record. Their obligation is to follow my advance directive without second-guessing what they think I really want when the time comes.
So when frail, what will I want and need for my well-being?