When we think of healthy aging, we often think of taking proactive steps to prepare our bodies to age well, with grace and dignity. We exercise, we eat well, we use sunscreen to avoid wrinkles, we start thinking of the best vitamin supplements we need as we transition from our 30’s to our 40’s to our 50’s.
When we think of aging, aside from preparing out bodies, we prepare our financial lives as well. We set up retirement accounts and invest in health and life insurance policies and still yet, not often enough create an advance care plan.
Having an up-to-date digital advance directive is one of the best ways to contribute to a healthy aging process. By creating a directive and discussing your wishes with your family, you free your loved ones from the stress of making uncertain decisions on your behalf if ever they find themselves in the position to do so. Creating an advance directive – accessible online and via your iPhone – makes it easy to share your priorities and values. A state-of-the-art emergency medical care plan can include treatment goals, organ donation preferences and other critical personal information like healthcare agents. Creating an advance directive can ensure that your independence lasts your entire life by clarifying important healthcare decisions for yourself while you are healthy and have the time to consider them fully.
So as we celebrate Healthy Aging Month, we invite you to age with dignity, by creating an advance directive – ensuring your health wishes are documented, known, and honored.