» CHFC Encourages Californians to Have to Have an End-of-Life Discussion

CHFC Encourages Californians to Have to Have an End-of-Life Discussion

Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2014 – With more 8.6 million aging baby boomers in California alone, end-of-life discussions are becoming increasingly important. Families need to make it a priority to speak with loved ones before, not after, a crisis strikes.

A 2012 California Healthcare Foundation (CHFC) survey revealed that nearly 60 percent of respondents felt that having an end-of-life discussion with their family was “extremely important” -- yet 56 percent of those respondents had not yet communicated those wishes with the person they would want making that decision on their behalf. Only 23 percent had their wishes in writing.

“The best time to have the discussion about your desires for end-of-life care is before a life-threatening illness hits,” said Myra Gerson Gilfix, a living will attorney with Gilfix and La Poll Associates in Palo Alto. “An advance discussion avoids the anxiety your loved ones might feel later when trying to determine what your healthcare and financial wishes would be if faced with the unthinkable.”

To further engage those who are reluctant to have such a conversation, the CHFC announced plans in May to release a Facebook platform that prompts friends and family on the social network to have this conversation with one another. The platform was created in response to a competition hosted by CHFC called Catalyzing Communication About End-of-Life Care.”

Laws regarding advanced care directives, powers of attorney and living wills vary from state to state. Therefore, programs like the CHFC encourage individuals to speak with loved ones and with a lawyer as soon as possible when making end-of-life care decisions.

Facebook: Like Us!

  • Mark Gilfix Discusses Estate Planning With the Star of the Investigation Discovery Show, “Reasonable Doubt”, Melissa Lewkowicz
    Mark Gilfix recently sat down in the offices of criminal defense attorney, and cable TV star, Melissa Lewkowicz, to discuss the 3 key estate planning documents that every American needs. Watch the Facebook video below. You can watch Melissa Lewkowicz in Reasonable Doubt on Investigation Discovery or see clips at https://www.investigationdiscovery.com/tv-shows/reasonable-doubt/.
  • Why a durable power of attorney is a valuable estate planning tool
    A Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA) allows an individual to give a designated person — known as an “attorney in fact” — authority to sign documents and act on their behalf. The legal document is particularly beneficial for individuals who are worried about mental or physical incapacity in the future. For example, an elderly person […]
  • California couple’s eviction highlights dangers of elderly financial abuse
    The elderly can be vulnerable to various forms of elder abuse, one of which is financial exploitation. Financial exploitation involves unauthorized use of an elderly person’s finances or property, either by a family member, caregiver or an unknown scammer. The media recently reported the case of an elderly California couple who faced eviction from their […]
  • ‘Finding Dory’ puts spotlight on children with special needs
    Pixar’s recent film “Finding Dory” will have resonance for parents who have children with special needs. The animated film is the sequel to the 2003 blockbuster “Finding Nemo.” It tells the tale of a blue tang fish named Dory who suffers from short-term memory loss. She cannot remember names, faces or even her way back […]
  • Thank You For Making our 13th Annual Special Needs Seminar our Best Yet
    Gilfix and La Poll wishes to thank the hundreds of attendees, and wonderful nonprofit co-sponsors, for making our 13th annual Special Needs Seminar our best yet! We were overwhelmed with the response, and with all of the kind comments we received from seminar attendees. We were also thrilled to see many attendees connecting with co-sponsor […]

See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: , , , , ,



Get headlines from Law Firm Newswire sent right to your inbox.

* indicates required