Majority of Americans avoid making end-of-life decisions - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Majority of Americans avoid making end-of-life decisions

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

A majority of Americans avoid making end-of-life decisions in advance.

Out of nearly 8,000 survey responses, researchers at the University of North Carolina found that only about a fourth of them had taken the time to complete an advance directive.

Most who did not have one said they didn't know it was important.

An advanced directive clearly says what treatment you would or would not want if you were in an emergency and unable to speak for yourself.

So, even though it is not a fun subject, the holidays are the perfect time to make your wishes known - when the family gets together.

You can get the forms you need online for free thanks to a great website provided by the Texas Department of Aging And Disability Services.

Just follow this link: http://www.dads.state.tx.us/news_info/publications/handbooks/advancedirectives.html

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