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Turkey Talk: How to avoid politics at the holiday table

Turkey Talk: How to avoid politics at the holiday table

| November 20, 2019
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Trying to avoid politics at the table this Thanksgiving?

Grab everyone's attention by starting an end-of-life wishes conversation!

Did you know that 95% of Americans say that it's important to discuss their end-of-life wishes with their loved ones, but only 32% have had the conversation?*

And that 97% believe it is important to put their wishes in writing, but only 37% have done it?*

Many don’t want to upset their loved ones, when in reality over 50% of individuals would be relieved if a loved one brought up the topic.*

Holiday family gatherings are a perfect opportunity to have meaningful conversations with your loved ones about your values, desires, and wishes.

What better gift could family members give than listening to each other and acknowledging how they want to be treated at a difficult time?

Talking with your loved ones openly and honestly—before a medical crisis happens—gives everyone a shared understanding about what matters most to you at the end of life.

In addition to having the conversation, it’s important to choose a health care proxy – the person who will make decisions about your medical care if you become unable to make them for yourself.

Not sure how to get the conversation started? Our website has several user-friendly guides with tips to guide the discussion. In addition to English editions, several are available in Spanish and/or Creole. Click on any title below for more details and to download.

How to Choose a Health Care Proxy & How to Be a Health Care Proxy

Your Conversation Starter Kit: When it Comes to End-of-Life Care, Talking Matters

For Families and Loved Ones of People with Alzheimer's Disease or Other Dementias

*Source: The Conversation Project National Survey 2018

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