When you're young and healthy, it's still wise to plan for the day when you won't be. These days, more than one-third of American adults have advanced medical directives in place for end-of-life care.
So what's stopping the other two-thirds? Many are bogged down by misunderstandings about what advanced directives are and what they do. One persistent myth says that these statements order doctors and nurses not to treat or resuscitate patients with ADs. While ADs can do that, they can also advise medical staff on how to manage pain and comfort during hospice care.