People plan in advance for the end of life

By: Amy Lipman Email
By: Amy Lipman Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Health professionals are recommending all adults have a plan for end-of-life medical needs even though it can be a difficult topic to think about.

That's why the Mesa County Advance Care Planning Task Force held two symposiums Wednesday for National Health Care Decisions Day.

More than 100 people came out to this year's "Continuing the Conversation" symposium to learn about their planning options.

The biggest takeaway from the workshop was the start of a conversation that can evolve to loved ones, doctors or whoever would speak for a person if he or she can't express wishes anymore.

"Even if you're healthy today, you could have an accident that could leave you critically ill tomorrow, " said Cinda Kerbein, who attended the event. "I think just to be aware that the best time to have that conversation is probably now."

Adults starting at 18 years old can put together advance directives dictating their medical preferences in the instance of an accident or sudden illness.

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