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April 9, 2013 Newsletter Archive

Daphne Moritz will be speaking about Health Care Powers of Attorney and answering your questions at Thompson Senior Center in Woodstock, Vermont, on April 11 at 1 PM.


April 16 is officially National Health Care Decisions Day

National Healthcare Decisions Day is April 16, 2013. The purpose of this day is to "inspire, educate & empower the public & providers about the importance of advance care planning." We have written before about the importance of executing a health care power of attorney or advance directive. Without such a document decisions may be more difficult and disputes more likely.

Despite increased efforts to educate people on the merits of advance directives, most people still have not exercised the right to make decisions about their healthcare in the event that they cannot speak for themselves.

Have you considered the types of healthcare treatments you would want if you could not speak for yourself? Do others in your circle of support know of your wishes? While it may be difficult for you to discuss this with those you love the most, and it may be hard for your family members to hear it, it actually is quite important to plan ahead. You never know when you may be ill or have a debilitating accident. You may want to leave a guide for others so they will have some predictability and will not have to guess at what your wishes may be.

There are several first steps. You may seek to educate yourself about life-sustaining treatments and reflect on your values. What do you currently love about your life and what is most challenging? What is most important to you? Who are your supports? You may wish to talk to friends who have taken steps to create their advance directives.

Additionally, you may want to ask yourself who should speak on your behalf. While we often consider our spouses and children, it is not always the case that these individuals will be most effective in a dire situation. You may consider what aspects of end of life decisions are most disconcerting to you. You want those who are closest to you, as well as your doctor, to know and understand certain aspects of your wishes.

Remember that this is an opportunity to reflect on what is most important to you and that this is a discussion that you wish to take place prior to a crisis. By communicating and documenting your wishes you provide a road map for your loved ones.

There are many resources that you can tap into on line. Here are just a few including the link to National Healthcare Decisions Day's website.


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