New Year’s Resolutions

Premier Physician Network providers answer Frequently Asked Questions about Being Healthier in the New Year.

At what age or during what life circumstances should adults make advance directives?

The best time during your life to make advance directives is while you are healthy and have had plenty of time to think through your options, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Oftentimes, people think of advance directives as decisions to make near the end of life or when they have a serious illness, but making these decisions earlier in life can make them much less of a burden, according to the NIH.

Having specifically outlined directions on the medical care you choose for the end of your life will ensure you receive the treatment that reflects the values by which you have lived, according to the NIH.

Also, preparing your advance directives early gives you plenty of time to talk with your family and other loved ones about your decisions, according to the NIH. This conversation is not always an easy one, but it is important for everyone to know the kind of care you would want in end-of-life circumstances.

Talk to your physician for more information on when to start preparing advance directives.

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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Geetha Ambalavanan, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Meghan Brewster, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine; Sally McIntyre, MD, Belmont Physicians; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Cindy Smith, MD, West Carrollton Family Medicine; Dori Thompson, MD, Springboro Family Medicine