Health care proxies, living wills and "Do Not Resuscitate" orders are called advance directives, because they lay out a road map your loved ones can follow if you become incapacitated and can't make decisions about your medical care.

If you want to find out more about these documents and why they are important to have, there's a free seminar at Freeport Library on April 7 from 2 to 3 p.m.

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The seminar will also cover durable power of attorney documents, where you name someone to handle your financial affairs if you are incapacitated.

To register, call 516-379-3274 or send an email to You can also register online at