How to Talk to Parents About Their End-of-life Wishes

Posted on 05/09/2013

U.S. News & World Report: When asked, people often say they have very specific thoughts about the kind of medical care they’d like if they became very ill and unable to make their own health care decisions. Children agree they should talk to their aging parents about such matters and execute health care proxies, advanced medical directives and other documents to make sure their parents’ wishes are carried out. But the conversations between children and older parents, or among other family members, can be emotionally draining and difficult. And they often don’t take place.

In this Google Hangout session, Ellen Goodman , Harvey Freishtat and Dr. Ira Byock discuss the importance of having the conversation with Philip Moeller from U.S. News & World Report.

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