Thanksgiving week, Dr. Tom Kottke spoke on local KSTP news about the importance of talking about end-of-life choices when your family is gathered together for the holiday. Dr. Kottke, Medical Director at HealthPartners and an enthusiastic supporter of Honoring Choices, recommends that the younger generation complete their own healthcare directive (download yours, here) and use that as a conversation starter at the dinner table.
"Hey, Mom, look what I did this week. I think you should do this, too!"
Dr. Kottke points out that this helps eliminate the confusion and even conflict which can often occur when a loved one is ill. If everyone knows what the patient wants prior to a critical situation, there doesn't have to be fighting or fear about honoring the loved one's wishes.
Click here to listen to the segment from KSTP news.