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National Healthcare Decisions Day

National Healthcare Decisions Day is a national initiative to encourage adults of all ages to plan ahead of a health crisis. Making decisions ahead of time and putting your wishes in writing brings peace of mind to families. It helps to avoid the difficult situations that are so common when a person becomes seriously ill and the family is left to guess what their loved one would have wanted. Another goal of this annual event is to encourage health care providers to discuss the topic with their patients.


Last year, hundreds of organizations including hospices, hospitals, places of worship, community groups and workplaces used National Healthcare Decisions Day to step up their community outreach efforts. Many of those organizations used Five Wishes and related promotional resources to increase their effectiveness. So can you.

How Five Wishes can help

Aging with Dignity offers valuable resources to help you and your organization observe National Healthcare Decisions Day.

Five Wishes: The most popular and user-friendly advance directive in America. This 12-page document meets the legal requirements in 42 states. It includes important personal, emotional, and spiritual matters in addition to medical wishes.

Custom Five Wishes: Half or all of the outside back cover of Five Wishes can be custom printed with your organization’s logo, message and contact information.  Free when you order a thousand or more copies of Five Wishes.

Five Wishes-NHDD promotional items: When you order Five Wishes, request and we’ll send free NHDD-Five Wishes "Have You Signed Yours?" buttons and stickers. Ideal for staff and volunteers. Ask about additional quantities. You can also download the artwork free and print them yourself.

Template Five Wishes press release: There’s a free template press release you can use to alert your local media to NHDD-Five Wishes events and activities you’re sponsoring.

Additional information about National Healthcare Decisions Day and ideas for outreach may be found at

Please tell us about your plans for National Healthcare Decisions Day. We would appreciate the chance to recognize your efforts on our website.

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