When it comes to living well throughout a dementia journey, preparation is important — so much so that D. William Molloy, a professor of medicine at University College Cork in Cork, Ireland, has dedicated a large chunk of his career to it.
Molloy’s expertise with advance care planning began in Hamilton, Ont. in the early 1980s. In his clinic, Molloy worked with patients living with dementia. There, he repeatedly saw tension arise from family care partners surrounding differing opinions on the “right” care approach when patients weren’t able to express their own desires.
Seeing the difficult situations play out time and time again, along with infighting amongst families about who should make the decisions on the person’s behalf, led Molloy to begin exploring development of a care directive.
The experiences inspired him to pen Let Me Decide, a book first published in 1989 that contains everything you need to prepare an advance care directive, along with the how-tos of it all.
To date, more than one million copies of the book have been sold worldwide, and editions have been published in seven different languages. The latest international edition was published in 2017, with Dr. Brian Daly as a co-author.
Here, Molloy helps break down the basics of advance care directives.