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Dementia Advanced Care Planning Supported by National Healthcare Decisions Day

Posted Apr 16 2010 12:00am

Today is National Healthcare Decisions Day .  Can you honestly say that the end of life wishes of you or your loved one with dementia are in order?

If your answer is no, you are not alone.  A 2003 report by the U. S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality states that slightly less tan half of all terminally ill patients had an advanced directive or living will to outline their final desires in health care.  This statistic and other disturbing facts like it represent part of the reason why National Healthcare Decisions Day was started:  to raise awareness of this all important issue each year.

You may be saying, "It's too late now--my mom has late dementia so she can't form an advanced directive".  True but what you can do is gather all family and friends together NOW to be in sync on what mom did express to you verbally over the years about her last wishes.  You see, without an advanced directive or living will, you will need to eventually advise her physician of her wishes if no official paperwork exists.

Please use today as a time to bring this issue out in the open so you honor the wishes of your person with dementia properly if and when the time arises.

For more info, visit the National Healthcare Decisions Day site. 

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