Holiday Perfect Time to Have End of Life Conversation (Really!)

eldercare locatorNinety percent of Americans know they should have a conversation about what they want at the end of life yet only 30 percent have done so, according to a national survey by The Conversation Project that found that 9 in 10 Americans want to discuss their loved ones‰Ûª and their own end-of-life care, but only approximately 3 in 10 have actually had these conversations. Holidays are the perfect time to have end of life conversations. So punch up the eggnog and think about these issues. This season is the best time to talk about these issues because it is one of the few times all family members gather together. Eldercare Locator launched its 11th Annual Home for the Holidays campaign to encourage families to take time this holiday season to discuss critical end-of-life issues with their loved ones. The campaign, which includes the release of a new guide that covers everything from how to initiate conversations to the right questions to ask about health, legal, financial and end-of-life issues, is available for download at and The new guide prepares families for the conversation, offering helpful tips and topics for consideration.åÊ Topics include all things health and legal related, such as lists of doctors, health conditions, medical records, durable power of attorney, trusts, advance directives, wills and how to research and locate important financial documents. End-of-life topics for discussion include naming one person to make final decisions, values and ideals around quality of life and care and the types of medical treatment that may be available. To learn more about community resources that may be of assistance to older adults, get connected with your local agency by visiting or calling 800.677.1116. To learn more about The Conversation Project visit