Advance care planning is for everyone older than 18
To the editor:
Too often, community members have thought, “That will never happen to me or my family,” or, “My family knows what I want, there’s no need to write it down,” only to be caught off guard when unexpected tragedy occurs. Anyone older than the age of 18 should have an advance care directive and it should be reviewed at least every 10 years and after every life milestone (marriage, children, divorce, change in health status, etc.).
Advance care planning does not involve planning for your death, but instead for the remaining quality of your life. Thanks to the Patient Self-Determination Act, we all have the right to choose how we want to die.
We should all take advantage of putting our wishes into writing before it’s too late to communicate.