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By Chelsey Gottlieb

This coming week, we encourage you to take control of your future by taking part in advance care planning.  It is a time to make sure your own wishes and those of your loved ones are understood and respected. Whether you are twenty or ninety years old, the importance of future health care planning remains crucial.  It is never too early to begin these discussions.  You have the opportunity to take your future health in your own hands, and we encourage you to do so!   

Here a few ways you can participate in NHDD: 

  • Think about your own health care decisions 
  • Discuss your wishes with loved ones 
  • Execute advance directives to memorialize these wishes 
  • Health Care Proxy: who you want to make health care decisions for you when you are unable or unwilling to do so on your own 
  • Living Will: what health care decisions you want at the end of life when you are unable or unwilling to express yourself 
  • Encourage others to do the same  

Having these discussions in the relaxed setting of your own home, rather than in a hospital when it may be too late, can be very productive.  By making sure that your loved ones understand your wishes, and you understand theirs, you have the ability today to forgo the future burden of having someone else make tough end of life decisions for you, or you having someone make one for a loved one.  

In the past, Weiss Law has organized community events to encourage individuals to start the dialogue.  National Helathcare Day Group PhotoFrom providing information and tips on discussing advance health directives with family and friends, to assisting participants with completing their own health care proxies and living wills on-site, we have held events at locations ranging from the federal court house in the Southern District of New York to our own office in order to encourage and empower individual to take charge of their future.

If you would like us to come to your community event to talk about starting the conversation assist with completing important healthcare documentation, please contact us and let us know!

And remember, share your wishes and complete your advance directive because YOUR DECISIONS MATTER!