A Health Care Proxy enables you to designate an individual to make health care decisions on your behalf in the event that you are unable to do so. You can tailor your health care proxy to express your wishes with respect to all aspects of your medical care. A Living Will states the types of life-sustaining measures you do want and do not want in the event that there is no hope of recovery. Health Care Proxies and Living Wills are not just for older adults. Unexpected situations can arise at any age, so it is important for all adults to have Health Care Proxies and Living Wills in effect. These documents help to avoid family conflicts and enable you to give the person or persons you want the authority to speak for you if you are incapacitated.