Living wills become more common

Published: June, 2014

The number of older adults with living wills and other advance directives has increased, but that doesn't make it less likely for people to die in the hospital, according to a study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Association.

Advance directives are legal documents that state what kind of life-prolonging steps you do and don't want and who can make medical decisions for you if you are not able to. They include living wills, durable power of attorney, and do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders.

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