Last week, The New Old Age, a health blog out of the New York Times, wrote about a Holiday Reality Check.
Some organizations urge families to use these holiday gatherings to raise the issue of advance directives, giving parents a chance to express their preferences for future care decisions before a real crisis hits. It’s a fine idea to initiate these conversations in person, when older relatives can hear and see their children and when siblings may also be on the scene.
- The holidays are a great time to "have the talk" with loved ones about advance care planning.
- The conversation should be on-going.
- Improved communication reduces health care surprises--and health care crises.
This post is a contribution from National Healthcare Decisions Day Chair, Nathan Kottkamp.