We at Passare are pleased to report more than 70 percent of Americans over the age of 60 now have Living Wills or Advance Healthcare Directives in place. According to a study in last month’s Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, the number has risen from 47% to 72% in the past 10 years. Even First Lady Michelle Obama and President Obama both have Living Wills.
“You don’t want somebody else making those decisions for you,” President Obama said. “I encourage everybody to get one. I have one; Michelle has one. And we hope we don’t have to use it for a long time but I think it’s something that is sensible.”
There is undeniable evidence that having an Advance Directive greatly improves your chances of receiving the End-of-Life care you want. A recent story in the Guardian UK is one of many we have found recently that tout the importance of having an Advance Directive in place as early as possible in order to remove any doubt about your End-of-Life wishes.
The President said his grandmother, who died shortly before Election Day, also had an Advance Directive and, “It gave her some control so she could say, if she had a terminal illness, did she want extraordinary measures taken even if, for example, her brainwaves were no longer functioning? Or did she want to be left alone?” the President said. “That gave her decision-making power over the process.”
We believe with the Obama family’s endorsement, we should all think about making an End-of-Life plan sooner rather than later.
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