“2 of 3 Americans Don’t Have ‘Advance Directive’ for End of Life,” by Robert Preidt, HealthDay
“The research looked at data from more than 795,000 Americans. Just 29 percent had completed a living will that contained specific end-of-life care wishes, and 33 percent had designated a health care power of attorney. Completion of advance directives was slightly higher among patients with chronic illnesses (38 percent) than among healthy adults (33 percent), and much higher among patients 65 and older (46 percent) than among younger adults (32 percent), the findings showed.”
LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):
A poor showing overall, but at least the numbers are somewhat better among the chronically ill and the elderly.
2 of 3 Americans Don’t Have ‘Advance Directive’ for End of Life