I should've done it six years ago, when my wife, pregnant with twins, decided it would be a good idea for her to have one. Typically, she followed through. She gently pressured me to do one too, but I never did, and she never pushed too hard. I suppose I'm like most folks. I didn't like talking about it with her then, and I don't like thinking about it for myself now, and hey, isn't there a baseball game on?
So I've run out of excuses. All mine needs now is the signature of two witnesses and my wife.
Find your own state-specific advance directive form, and encourage everyone you know to do so as well. It's easy. But hard. And that's the problem.
Make It a Medicare Requirement
Banner Health CEO Peter Fine says we, as a nation, should make completing a living will and medical power of attorney a part of the Medicare application process. His reasoning:
"Costs would be reduced significantly if you forced every Medicare enrollee to have a healthcare power of attorney or living will and for them to produce this document at enrollment," Fine says. "Having gone through this with my own mother, both my wife and I have living wills, and our kids have copies so in a stressful time, they know exactly what to do."