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Living wills smart move, Glenn says
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National Healthcare Decisions Day is observed annually April 16 and is aimed at increasing the number of Americans who have completed a living will in which they name a person who will make medical decisions for them in the event they are seriously ill and can’t speak for themselves. Experts say only about 20 to 30 percent of Americans have completed a living will, also called an advance directive, even though all people age 18 and older should have one.“It is understandable people would put off discussion the topic of serious illness and death, but it's essential to have this family conversation in advance,” said Hershey Glenn RN, director of services at NHC Homecare. “It’s a discussion that should take place in the living room, not in the hospital waiting room when it may be too late.”Aging with Dignity with the help of Oregon Health Decisions have developed a program called Five Wishes.What is Five Wishes?