April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day

April, 13th

April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day! NHDD promotes education and awareness, encouraging adults to create an Advance Healthcare Plan.

Every adult, regardless of age, could face a situation where they're unable to express their wishes about various health care values and treatments. Creating a plan works to ensure that your decisions can still be respected even if you are unable to voice them.

An Advance Healthcare Plan Directive is the document that helps name someone to make healthcare decisions for a person when he or she can’t make those decisions him/herself. NHDD has resources here and Missoula Aging Services can help you start the conversation!

Join us during one of our Kitchen Table Conversation workshops (look for upcoming workshops HERE). Facilitators provide a hands-on approach where we learn about and practice how to engage with loved ones on the subjects of illness and passing away. During a difficult time, having an Advance Healthcare Plan can alleviate some stress when making medical decisions for a family member.

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