Seniors (those of you over 50) —
Please take a moment to consider National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16. As your Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES), I try to offer information and programs that are of interest to those of us who are in our 50’s, and those who are advising their elderly parents. This Health Directive Initiative is one of those programs worth considering.
What we Say is NOT What we DO
I was very surprised about the disconnect that exists between what people want and what they do about managing their own health care.
US News Money reports the following polling data about aging and health:
1. Although 60 % of people say making sure their family is not burdened by tough decisions is “extremely important,” 56 % have not communicated their end-of-life wishes
2. About 70 % of people say they prefer to die at home, but 70 % actually die in a hospital, nursing home, or long-term-care facility.
3. Roughly 80 % of people say that if seriously ill, they would want to talk to their doctor about end-of-life care, yet only 7 % report having had an end-of-life conversation with their doctor.
4. Finally, 82 % of people say it’s important to put their wishes in writing, but only 23 % have actually done it.
Here are some forms and articles that seniors might like to review to make sure their loved ones know their wishes:
Conversation Starter Kit
It’s not easy to talk about the end of your life. However, it’s one of the most important conversations you can have with your loved ones. Whether you’re a senior or young adult – it’s never to young to begin talking about this.
This Starter Kit will help you get your thoughts together and then have the conversation.
This isn’t about filling out Advance Directives or other medical forms. It’s about talking to your loved ones about what you or they want for end-of-life care.
Whether you’re getting ready to tell someone what you want, or you want to help someone else get ready to talk, we hope the Starter Kit will be a useful guide.
We want you to be the expert on your wishes and those of your loved ones. Not the doctors or nurses. Not the end-of-life experts. You.
Aging with Dignity’s Five Wishes
The Five Wishes Program makes putting your directives in writing a very simple matter. The following video explains how Five Wishes allows your loved ones to know how to make decisions on your behalf, should you become unable to speak for yourself.
As a Senior Real Estate Specialist, it’s my pleasure to make sure my clients are aware of this program.
Wishing you a Healthy and Happy 2013 and Beyond!