Married Women Lead the Way in End-of-Life Discussions

Posted on 10/11/2012

ABC: It may not be easy to talk about, but nearly all Americans say it’s important to have a conversation with loved ones about end-of-life issues – and most have done so, albeit with substantial differences depending on age, sex and marital status. At the high end of the spectrum, 75 percent of married women have had a serious conversation with a spouse, parent, child or other loved one about their wishes for their care at the end of their life. At the low end, just 43 percent of unmarried men have done so. Overall, 95 percent in this ABC News/Washington Post poll think it’s important to have this discussion, including 77 percent who say it’s “very” important. And among those who see it as important, 84 percent say it should happen years in advance, rather than days, weeks or months.

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