April 16th was National Healthcare Decisions Day. Many people are talking about advance medical directives these days. Some folks want to stop doctors and nurses from talking about end of life care with patients, calling this a “death panel.” Others are identifying advance medical directives as a means by which a person may control the care and quality at the end of life.
I’ve often written about end-of-life care decisions on this blog. You may access the archives of that topic here.
You may also view a video here about Advance Care Directives produced to be aired on community access stations in a program titled “Graceful Aging.” Michigan elder lawyer Jim Shuster discusses the importance of having an advance care directive (a.k.a “living will”). The video is at http://bit.ly/fMrZJd.