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National Healthcare Decisions Day

  • By: Rolf Erickson
  • Published: April 12, 2020, 6 years ago

What does April 16th mean to you?

For a growing number of Americans, it’s an opportunity to help out their family and friends in advance by talking about and documenting their own wishes for end-of-life care.

National Healthcare Decisions Day was founded in 2008 by Nathan Kottkamp , J.D. to encourage everyone to complete Advance Directive documents.

Since anyone at any age could become incapacitated unexpectedly, Kottkamp emphasizes that “it is important for all people – young and old, healthy and sick – to discuss and document their end-of-life care with their loved ones and health care providers today.”

Research shows that while 78% of Americans feel that end-of-life care should be discussed, only 30% have actually completed an Advance Directive.

OK. Let’s get started!

Click here to see Advance Directive documents for the state where you reside. Next print and complete your Advance Directive and have your signature witnessed.

And then, every year, you’ll be able to celebrate April 16th as the day you finally got prepared.

Click here to visit the NHDD website.

Click here to read an article about National Healthcare Decisions Day.