While the first two weeks of April are in the minds of many only
about income taxes, National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD)
is intended to add to the conversation and encourage individuals to
think and talk about their future healthcare decisions.
Held every year on April 16, NHDD raises public awareness of the
need for advance care planning. Advance care planning, through
advance directives, comes in two main forms:
A healthcare power of attorney that documents an
individual's choice to make healthcare decisions if the
individual is not able to make decisions.
A living will that documents the individual's choice
concerning end of life medical treatments.
Talking about healthcare and end-of-life issues can be
uncomfortable, but all adults can benefit from planning for their
healthcare choices if they are unable to speak for themselves.
The NHDD website provides resources to help guide these
conversations, links to state specific forms for planning, and
lists of events around the country that encourage advance care
In a time when everyone is focused on finances, NHDD encourages
everyone to think about other important planning matters. On April
16, 2011, take the time to talk to your family, loved-ones, and
advisors about some of the most important questions you face in
your own planning.
This nationwide advance directives educational event was founded
and is chaired by McGuireWoods partner Nathan Kottkamp.
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about your specific circumstances.
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