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    April & May 2014 News Roundup

    The countdown is over! National Healthcare Decisions Day has come and gone. Yet, news of advance care planning, the NHDD movement and “having the conversation,” just keeps rolling off the presses!  Over the last two months, there has been yet another noticeable increase in press around ACP issues. Media outlets, including The New York Times, TIME, Mobihealth News and HuffPost Healthy Living, have shared everything from announcements about NHDD events to editorials about the value of ACP to articles defining and providing resources to start the process. The growing buzz about ACP over the past two months has not just been limited to our corner of the world; news of the first-ever “Conversations that Count Day” in New Zealand  and Canada’s third annual “National Advance Care Planning Day” hit the presses and airwaves repeatedly since we last reported. So, without further adieux, here’s a look at many of the interesting and thought-provoking ACP stories that have been popping up all over the globe over the past two months:

    April 2014 Advance Care Planning News Roundup

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    How can National Healthcare Decisions Day change our culture?

    The following is a guest contribution by Nick Jehlen, Partner at The Action Mill.

    We, as a culture, are scared to death of death. And we know this is a problem.

    We know that there are real dangers if we avoid discussions about death. We risk pain and trauma for ourselves and our loved ones if we don’t talk about what we want at the end of our lives. But we also risk losing out on deeply meaningful interactions with the people around us.

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    March 2014 News Roundup

    We just one month away from NHDD 2014! As the big day draws near, the media coverage around advance care planning (ACP) and advance care directives is increasing daily. Over the past month, we’ve seen a considerable surge in interesting and relevant articles in local and national outlets including national public radio (NPR) and the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). These pieces have been raising interesting (and, in some cases controversial) discussions about everything from La Crosse, Wis.—“A Town Where Everybody Talks About Death” –to how advance care planning can cut medical costs and the fact that caregivers and potential caregivers need to plan ahead.

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    February 2014 News Roundup

    With just two months left until NHDD 2014, conversations about advance care planning (ACP) and end-of-life-care have been heating up all over the country (and the world) over the past month. Since our last roundup, the news cycle’s focus has covered the entire spectrum of issues associated with ACP. It has run the gamut from struggles to have living wills respected—one in Texas and one overseas— and new found support for ACP initiatives to living wills, advance directives and do not resuscitate (DNR) orders as Valentine’s Day gifts.

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    January 2014 News Roundup

    It’s 2014 and we’re kicking off the new year with a fresh National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) news roundup of recent articles relevant to advance care planning. NHDD plans to collect and organize interesting articles each month for our community of people interested in issues related to discussing and documenting informed healthcare decisions.

    Recent news cycles remind us about the importance of this NHDD community and it’s dedication to raising awareness about advance care planning (ACP). Just this week, Hillary Young, Medical Guardian’s Communications Manager published a piece on the Huffington post urging people to think about end-of-life care titled “Are You Thinking About End-of-Life Care? You Should Be.” Young’s piece is a thoughtful examination of the awareness levels of people throughout the country about the importance of advance care planning and advance care directives. Young references a “new study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine” and breaks down the disparities of awareness across the United States. Some of the facts she highlights are alarming, though we would argue, important to examine in building the much needed momentum for the ACP movement.

    On Sunday, CNN introduced "Dying: What no one wants to talk about" by Jacque Wilson. This piece was spurred by the tragic brain death of 13-year-old Jahi McMath following a routine tonsillectomy. The news outlet explores the sometimes awkward, but necessary conversations and virtues of advanced cared planning in preventing emotional and heart wrenching decisions for families. CNN is also covering a brain death case in Texas “Family seeks to take pregnant brain-dead Texas woman off ventilator,” where Marlise Munoz’s family has had disagreements since she suffered a pulmonary embolism. These stories have sparked a difficult conversation and debate about advance directives that will likely carry-on long after the news cycle has ended.

    Quick look at articles from the past month:

    Matters of life and death: Making decisions now will help loved ones in future


    Are You Thinking About End-Of-Life Care? You Should Be.


    Dying: What no one wants to talk about


    A great resolution involves pre-planning


    No one wants to talk about death, but you need to anyway  


    End of Life Planning in Japan


    Tips on how to create a living will


    Talk end-of-life care to take the shock out of death


    Having a say in your health care when it matters most


    Digitize your advance directives http://thehill.com/opinion/op-ed/193444-digitize-your-own-advanced-care-plan

    Aging Well: Time is now for end-of-life planning


    Holidays a good time to have 'the talk' about end-of-life planning


    This holiday season, give the gift of planning


    Editorial: Medicare-funded end-of-life planning benefits everyone


    Lack of Awareness Continues to Be a Barrier for Americans in Making Medical Wishes Known


    Researchers investigate new way to improve end of life planning