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If you haven't before, now is the time to get your legal affairs in order. As you read this, keep in mind that this is advice we give to everyone, including people who are at the top of physical fitness. Life is fragile. No one knows what will happen in the next minute. We could all get hit by the proverbial bus. 

If you have tended to these matters already, revisit what you did to be sure it still reflects your current wishes. What we want can change over time. 

At least:

  • Make arrangements for your children in case you become unable to care for them or die. 
  • Consider what you want to happen medically if you become unconscious or otherwise unable to speak for yourself. The documents to write are called Advance Directives. 
  • Write a will. 
  • Consider preplanning a funeral. Bring the family in on the discussion so you can make it about what everyone wants for themselves instead of focusing on you.
If you execute a DNR (a do not resuscitate order), remind people you live with not to call 911 in an emergency. To learn about the steps to take, see the articles in "To Learn More." 

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