Some New Yorkers may be hesitant to bring up the topic of advance care planning. For some, the thought of what it may be like to lose the ability to communicate your decisions can be scary. Others may worry about how the conversation may feel for the person(s) they want to speak with. However, these conversations do not have to be stressful or uncomfortable, and you do not have to immediately jump into a list of interventions and what you would want. Instead, we recommend that you first begin with thinking about your core values and what matters most to you. We often hear from New Yorkers who have had advance care planning conversations, and were pleasantly surprised by how different they were than expected. Many report that these conversations brought them even closer to those they love and made them feel less afraid of the future. It really can be a gift to tell those closest to you what you would want them to do on your behalf, so they are not left to wonder whether they are doing the right thing.

January 3, 2022

Is advance care planning stressful?

Some New Yorkers may be hesitant to bring up the topic of advance care planning. For some, the thought of what it may be like to […]
January 3, 2022

What does advance care planning involve?

The core parts of advance care planning are: Choosing a person – deciding who will speak for you if/when you lose the ability to communicate your […]
January 3, 2022

Who should do advance care planning?

Advance care planning is for everyone, and it is not just for those approaching the end of life. Life can be unpredictable. Most of us will […]
January 3, 2022

What is advance care planning?

Advance care planning is a process during which a person plans their future health care in case they one day lose the ability to communicate their […]
October 13, 2021

Are wishes regarding stopping eating & drinking commonly documented in advance directives?

NO. This is a fairly new type of directive. – Judy
October 13, 2021

Can wishes regarding stopping eating & drinking be documented in other advance directives or should a specific form for this be used?

They can be documented in other directives and the health care agent/proxy should be well-versed re this choice, copies made & provided to all family members, […]
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