National Healthcare Decision Week

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This year's National Healthcare Decision Week 

This year's theme is "It always seems too early, until it's too late." 

During the week of April 16th plan ahead for health care decisions related to end of life care and medical decision-making whenever patients are unable to speak for themselves. Advance directives  and living wills can help communicate these important healthcare decisions. 


  1. Monday: National Healthcare Decision Day (NHDD) 
    • April 16th marks National Healthcare Decision Day (NHDD) 

  2. Tuesday: Start with Yourself 
    • A day to think about  your own healthcare decisions 

  3. Wednesday: Family, Friends, and Loved Ones 
    • A day to discuss your wishes with others (and learn their wishes)

  4. Thursday: Spread the Word 
    • A day to tell others that you've engaged in advance care planning and encourage them to
      do the same 

  5. Friday: Focusing on Facilities
    • A day for healthcare providers of all sorts to promote advance care planning 

  6. Saturday: Professional Preparedness 
    • A day to ensure that all professionals understand and can promote advance care planning 

  7. Sunday: Reflection and Readiness 
    • Consider what you've learned during NHDD week and share your experience with others
Help is available. The Public Guardianship Program offers free decision making support in all 23 counties and Baltimore city. 

Also on May 1, 2018, the Maryland State Bar Association's Elder Law and Disability RightSection will have volunteer attorneys at certain senior centers to help fill out Maryland advance directive forms at no charge. Click here for the senior centers and times. ​