Today is the fifth annual National Healthcare Decisions Day, which emphasizes advance care decision-making.

All adults can benefit from thinking about what their health care choices would be if they are unable to speak for themselves, the NHDD coalition says. These decisions can be written down in an advance directive so that others know what they are. 

Those directives come in two forms: A health care power of attorney, which documents the person you select to be your voice for your health care decisions if you cannot speak for yourself; and a living will that states what kinds of medical treatments you would or would not want at the end of life.

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