“An Advance Directive for My Mind” (letter to children)

The author of this blog post helps her stepfather care for her mother who has dementia. This blog post is a guide to the author’s children if the author develops dementia and ends up being cared for by her children.

An excerpt: “If the time comes when I’m no longer who I used to be, help me live my life, but also set boundaries for living your own. My life is almost over and yours isn’t, so save yourself. Take care of me only as long as you can take care of yourself too. Don’t try to do everything. Before the chaos overwhelms you, get as much help as you need, as quickly as you can.”

Here’s a link to the blog post on “Medium”:


An Advance Directive for My Mind
by Rachel Ratliff
Nov 28, 2017

If you read the blog post online, you can also listen to the music suggested by the author.