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Have You Had The Conversation?

On Saturday, March 28, PBS NewsHour ran a piece featuring The Conversation Project, a Boston-based nonprofit that is dedicated to highlighting the importance of discussing end of life care. Founded in 2010 by Ellen Goodman, The Conversation Project has grown to become part of a national movement to remove the stigma surrounding end of life discussions among family and loved ones.

In 2011, The Conversation Project started a partnership with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). By providing resources including conversation starters, as well as medical and legal expertise, individuals can take control of how they want to live as they age. Making these decisions early also provides their loved ones with confidence and peace of mind when the time comes to make healthcare decisions.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has also become involved in promoting early decision making for end of life care. In September 2014, the IOM released the report Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life, which discusses the importance of talking with providers about end of life goals, even for individuals who are young and currently healthy.

With National Healthcare Decision Day coming up on April 16, now is the perfect time to start the conversation with your friends and loved ones. In many cases, the conversation about death will evolve into a conversation about life and how to live every day to its full potential.

At CHAP, our goal is to help our customers and their patients navigate the future and make informed decisions about end of life care. Over the past 50 years, we have witnessed the changes surrounding end of life care, and we will continue to be part of the conversation, providing resources and commentary on how to live life to the fullest. 

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