National Healthcare Decisions Day

National Healthcare Decisions Day is coming up on April 16.  You can celebrate by getting your Healthcare Advance Directives in place during the next 6 weeks. 

Although at least 70% of all adults say they have thought about end-of-life issues, and have had casual conversations with friends or family members, only 30% of us have any sort of Healthcare Advance Directives in place, and about 1/3 of those are out of date, either because they don’t reflect changes in your state law, because you’ve selected an agent who is now deceased or no longer available, or, sadly, because you have changed your perspective about what you would want done if you were terminally ill and unable to express your views.   If advance directives are not in place, your doctor, the hospital, or, in the worst of cases, the courts, are required to determine what you might have wanted or what you would have said in this situation.  A current, legally compliant Advance Directive allows you to speak for yourself.

If you would like to learn more, or if you are part of an organization or group that would like to mobilize your neighbors to communicate this important day, visit www.nhdd.org for all kinds of resources, including guides for that important conversation with family members or tools to help you organize events.

 

 

 
 

 

 

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