Decisions, Decisions

If you could plan the end of your life, what would it look like? That idea received a lot of attention on National Healthcare Decisions Day.

From Forbes Magazine:

Living longer does not necessarily mean living better. Our ability to maintain the basic presence of life with medicines or machines does not mean we can continue to preserve the essence of the person that came before. We are still mortal, and we do eventually die.

Therefore, it is vitally important that you think about the type of health care you desire to receive as you approach the end of life…..Plan a time now to write out or update your personal wishes for your end of life care.

Arizona Public Media ran a story that featured end of life decisions on its website. Click here or below to listen to the story.
Much of this centers around the idea of Advance Care Planning, or ACP. These are decisions you should make about the care you would want to receive if you become unable to speak for yourself.
The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) is doing more than just talking about this issue. We’re rolling up our sleeves and working on it. Take a look at our Thoughtful Life Conversations page. Our mission is to “empower Arizonans to make known their life wishes and care directives and to equip their healthcare teams with resources to honor them.”

End of life conversations can be difficult. Truth is – most of us don’t like to think about it much less talk about it. But we need to find new ways to push past the discomfort. So often, families find themselves facing life and death decisions and are ill-equipped to handle them.
Let us know how you think we can generate more attention around this issue in Arizona. It’s another one of those challenges that will ultimately help us take another step on the road to making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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