Many people in their 20s and 30s don’t tend to think about end-of-life care. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, or unexpected. However, you may want to take the time to see what a living will can offer you and your loved ones.
In a nutshell, a living will provides legal instructions regarding your preferences for medical care if you are unable to make decisions for yourself. These instructions guide choices for doctors and caregivers if you're terminally ill, seriously injured, in a coma, in the late stages of dementia or near the end of life.
We never plan to be in situations where these types of instructions may need to be given, but, whether you’re in your 60s or 20s, getting a living will can help.
By planning ahead, you can be sure that your wishes are carried out and you can also avoid or relieve potential caregivers from making decisions for you that they may not be sure about.
Of course, making a living will or advanced directive is a serious and sometimes complicated issue. It is important to meet with a professional who you trust to work with, that have your best interests in mind.
Reminder: As we get closer to April 16, which has been designated as National Healthcare Decisions Day, we can all take the opportunity to pay attention and learn.