The Gift of an Important Conversation

Posted on 12/18/2012

Feisty Side of Fifty/Baby Boomer Women: Although it’s difficult to contemplate, each of us needs to share what we want—otherwise there is likely to be a giant gap between our end-of-life preferences and how we actually spend our final days on earth. To underscore this point, here are some of the unsettling facts The Conversation Project uncovered:

  • 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
  • 70% of people say they prefer to die at home
  • 70% die in a hospital, nursing home, or long-term care facility
  • 80% of people say that if seriously ill, they would want to talk to their doctor about end-of-life care
  • 7% report having had an end-of-life conversation with their doctor
  • 82% of people say it’s important to put their wishes in writing
  • 23% have actually done it

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