Monday, March 21, 2016
One in four older Americans say that they—or a family member—have endured excessive or unwanted medical treatments. That’s 25 million Americans who’ve undergone procedures, received medications and/or had medical tests they would have preferred not to have—a situation more likely to happen when you haven’t made or can’t make your wishes known. Only one in four Americans has an advance directive, the two-part protection plan that lets family, friends and healthcare practitioners know what types of medical care you want and don’t want in a health crisis. Today we're joined by the organizers of a region-wide campaign to promote the value of advanced directives.