Is your house full of stuff you don’t know what to do with? Get decluttering tips at a free webinar from AARP.
En español | When planning for your future medical care, prepare your advance directives to be sure your loved ones make health choices according to your wishes. Just select your state from the drop-down menu below and download the free advance directive forms for you to use. You’ll find instructions on how to fill out the forms.
We're here to help
Check out our tools and resources for caregivers
District of Columbia
Every adult should have an advance directive in which you explain the type of health care you do or do not want when you can’t make your own decisions. You should also appoint someone who can speak for you to make sure your wishes are carried out.
States have specific forms for these documents so health care professionals can easily recognize the document’s purpose. To make things a little confusing, states use various terms to describe their advance directive forms.
Advance directive is the general term that refers to the various documents that could include a living will, instruction directive, health care proxy or health care power of attorney.
Some states combine the two forms so you can record your treatment preferences and name your health care advocate in one document. When you download your state’s form you’ll find what you need.
Advance directives can help family members understand your medical wants.
Updated February 25, 2020, to add U.S. Virgin Islands
Visit the AARP state page for information about events, news and resources near you.
Need more personalized information?
Answer three quick caregiving questions.
Looks like you’ve started the questionnaire but didn’t finish.
Would you like to start over?
View your caregiving results
25% off the first healthy meal delivery of $99+.
$60 off Preferred or Ultimate medical alert safety plans
Members save 5% on a monthly subscription.
AARP members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.
You are leaving AARP.org and going to the website of our trusted provider. The provider’s terms, conditions and policies apply. Please return to AARP.org to learn more about other benefits.
Your email address is now confirmed.
Manage your email preferences and tell us which topics interest you so that we can prioritize the information you receive.
Explore all that AARP has to offer.
In the next 24 hours, you will receive an email to confirm your subscription to receive emails
related to AARP volunteering. Once you confirm that subscription, you will regularly
receive communications related to AARP volunteering. In the meantime, please feel free
to search for ways to make a difference in your community at