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Host: Scott LaMar
What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, April 16, 2014:
Wednesday is National Healthcare Decisions Day -- a day designated for individuals and families to discuss or document their end-of-life directives or wishes.
Why do we have to pick out a specific day to talk about important issues?
Mostly because death is a topic that Americans don't like to address -- maybe because it's frightening, we think there always will be more time, or it's uncomfortable to think or talk about our own mortality.
For example, 90% of Americans have heard of living wills but only 29% actually haven taken time to draw one up.
So, questions arise like what medical treatments do you want or not want to keep you alive if you become seriously ill or sustain a life threatening injury?
If you have a choice, do want your life to end at home with your family nearby? What about your spirituality?
Have you named a Substitute Decision Maker?
These are questions we'll address on Tuesday's Smart Talk.
Appearing on the program are Dr. James M. Hoefler, an expert and author of several books and articles on end of life issues, Dr. Alecia Sundsmo, Executive Director of the Wellness Center at Dickinson College, Nancy D. Zionts, Chief Operating Officer/Chief Program Officer for the Jewish Healthcare Foundation.
For more information on end of life preparations and resources go to http://closure.org
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