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New Jersey health care directives should be done sooner, rather than later

People often avoid preparing for death. It is something that most people just simply don't want to think about. Of course, death isn't a thought that makes us feel good inside, but knowing that everything regarding your estate or medical care will go according to your direction after you are unable to manage your own affairs can bring great peace of mind.

Unfortunately, sometimes people put off planning until it is already too late for them to make decisions on their own. When people in New Jersey fail to make a health care directive and plan their estates early, the risk leaving medical and financial decisions up to family members. Although many times family will try to make decisions based on what their ill family member would want, sometimes controversial decisions are debated or challenged.

Other times, family members simply fail to communicate their wishes to their family so relatives may not have a clue as to what the person would want to have done in a medical emergency. If a person is not facing an emergency in New Jersey, but rather a degenerative illness such as Alzheimer's, they may want to have an advance health care directive made early in their diagnosis while they are still mentally competent.

Making these decisions early can help a person decide on what type of care they want to receive if they are nearing the end of their life. These decisions can often be difficult to make, and it is important that people discuss their wishes with their family members. Making sure these decisions carried out through proper legal documents can help avoid confusion during sometimes emotional periods of a person's life.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Make Alzheimer's End-of-Life Healthcare Decisions Long Before You Need Them," Marie Marley, May 22, 2012

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