Living Wills

Find news stories that cover health care directives, including living wills and other end-of-life documents.

Oct 20, 2010

The Park Plaza Hospital and Medical Center in Houston, Texas, has opened an innovative Senior Emergency Department, which aims to bring specialized care to older adults, including assistance with living wills and other end-of-life documents.

According to the Cypress Times, the hospital's new emergency department offers features and services that are tailored specifically for older patients.

“Through specialized facility updates and an expertly trained staff, the department aims to reduce the anxiety that often comes as a result of an older patient’s emergency

Oct 7, 2010

According to Discovery Health, an estimated one-third of Americans have had to make the overwhelmingly difficult decision whether or not to keep a loved one alive using “extraordinary means.”

While it can be very difficult to plan for the unexpected, especially a life-threatening injury or illness, it is important to do so in order to ensure that one’s end-of-life desires are taken care of.

Discovery Health points out that legal battles have ensued over the decision to either “pull the plug” or keep someone alive in a “persistent vegetative

Oct 1, 2010

A living will is an essential document to prepare for any sudden, unexpected injury or life-threatening illness.

Sep 7, 2010

Planning for end-of-life issues and creating a living will can help to control one's medical treatment options, according Lynda Shrager of the Albany Times Union.

While it can be difficult to even think about the end of one's life, it is essential to make the necessary plans in order to ensure that one's last years go according to his or her desire, Shrager points out.