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Translations in French, Hebrew, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese are available here.

Alzheimer's Disease and Other Forms of Dementia Starter Kit PDF 


How To Talk To Your Doctor Guide PDF 


Translations in French, Korean, Mandarin and Spanish are available here.


Pediatric Starter Kit PDF 


Translations in Spanish and Mandarin are available here. 


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How to use the Starter Kit
  • Move straight through by clicking the arrows at the bottom of the page, or navigate to the section you’d like to explore by clicking on the progress bar at the top of the page.
  • Get extra help through every step by downloading and printing out the Starter Kit PDF from the top of the page. You can now type your answers directly into the Starter Kit, save your personalized version, finish or change it later, and email it to family and friends.
Remember:
  • This can be the first of many conversations, so you don’t have to cover everyone or everything right now.

Step 1: Get Ready

Sharing your wishes for end-of-life care can bring you closer to the people you love.

It’s critically important. And you can do it.

 

Consider the facts.

There’s a big gap between what people say they want and what actually happens.

90% of people say that talking with their loved ones about end-of-life care is important.

27% have actually done so.

Source: The Conversation Project National Survey (2013)

60% of people say that making sure their family is not burdened by tough decisions is “extremely important.”

56% have not communicated their end-of-life wishes.

Source: Survey of Californians by the California HealthCare Foundation (2012)

80% of people say that if seriously ill, they would want to talk to their doctor about wishes for medical treatment toward the end of their life.

7% report having had this conversation with their doctor.

Source: Survey of Californians by the California HealthCare Foundation (2012)

82% of people say it’s important to put their wishes in writing.

23% have actually done it.

Source: Survey of Californians by the California HealthCare Foundation (2012)

One conversation can make all the difference.

Remember:

  • You don’t need to have the conversation just yet. It’s okay to just start thinking about it.
  • You can start out by writing a letter—to yourself, a loved one, or a friend. Like this one.
  • You might consider having a practice conversation with a friend.
  • Having the conversation may reveal that you and your loved ones disagree. That’s okay. It’s important to simply know this, and to continue talking about it now—not during a medical crisis.
  • Having the conversation isn’t just a one-time thing. It’s the first in a series of conversations over time.

PLEASE NOTE: This document does not seek to provide legal advice.

Download and print your Starter Kit PDF

Translations in French, Hebrew, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese are available here.

Alzheimer's Disease and Other Forms of Dementia Starter Kit PDF 


How To Talk To Your Doctor Guide PDF 


Translations in French, Korean, Mandarin and Spanish are available here.


Pediatric Starter Kit PDF 


Translations in Spanish and Mandarin are available here. 


NOTE: If you are using a Google Chrome browser, you must save the PDF to your desktop and reopen it before entering your answers.
How to use the Starter Kit
  • Move straight through by clicking the arrows at the bottom of the page, or navigate to the section you’d like to explore by clicking on the progress bar at the top of the page.
  • Get extra help through every step by downloading and printing out the Starter Kit PDF from the top of the page. You can now type your answers directly into the Starter Kit, save your personalized version, finish or change it later, and email it to family and friends.
Remember:
  • This can be the first of many conversations, so you don’t have to cover everyone or everything right now.

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