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‘Long overdue’ Alzheimer’s planner helps anyone figure out next steps

Advanced directives generally aren’t given much attention until a medical crisis descends on an individual or family.

A University of Washington doctor decided to change things up.

Barak Gaster, a primary-care physician at the UW School of Medicine, came up with a five-page summary of options for those who want to get ahead of an Alzheimer’s or other dementia diagnosis.

His Health Directive for Dementia, available for download free online,, has gained wide attention, particularly after it was featured by The New York Times.