National Healthcare Decisions Day

More than 90 percent of people think it's important to have conversations about end-of-life care with their loved ones; yet, fewer than 30 percent do so.

Similarly, 70 percent of people say they want to die at home; but, in reality, 70 percent die in hospitals or institutions. Planning your final days is never easy, but it’s an invaluable gift to give your loved ones. These discussions can be among the richest and most intimate friends and family can share. Studies show when there is a meaningful conversation about end-of-life choices, survivors feel less guilt and less depression and have an easier time processing their grief. 

An advance directive is a legal document that tells healthcare providers who you wish to make medical decisions for you and what treatments you want and don't want if you not able to tell us what you want for yourself.  

April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day and all Kentuckians are encouraged to ensure their future healthcare choices are known and protected. The process doesn't take long and all people, regardless of age or current health, are reminded to make their decisions known.

The Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living, along with other national, state and community organizations, is part of a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making. DAIL is working with the Area Agencies on Aging and Independent Living to help raise awareness about the importance of advance care planning on this special day—and throughout the year. The AAAIL plans local events to help seniors formalize their healthcare decisions. To find out more about making end of life decision, contact your AAAIL or senior center.

Please be sure to complete your advance directive today and  encourage all your loved ones to do the same.