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National Healthcare Decisions Day

National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) is a national initiative to encourage adults of all ages to plan ahead of a health crisis. Making decisions ahead of time and putting your wishes in writing brings peace of mind to families. It helps to avoid the difficult situations that are so common when a person becomes seriously ill and the family is left to guess what their loved one would have wanted. Another goal of this annual event is to encourage health care providers to discuss the topic with their patients.


Last year, hundreds of organizations including hospices, hospitals, places of worship, community groups and workplaces used National Healthcare Decisions Day to step up their community outreach efforts. Many of those organizations used Five Wishes and related promotional resources to increase their effectiveness. So can you.

How Five Wishes can help

Aging with Dignity offers valuable resources for you and your organization to observe NHDD.

Five Wishes: The most popular and easy to understand and use advance directive in America. This 12-page document, with a national circulation of 23 million, meets the legal requirements in 42 states. It includes important personal, emotional, and spiritual matters in addition to medical wishes.

Custom Five Wishes: Half or all of the outside back cover of Five Wishes can be custom printed with your organization’s logo, message and contact information. Free when you order 1,000 or more copies of Five Wishes. Place your order by March 3 to ensure delivery by NHDD.

Five Wishes-NHDD promotional items: When you order Five Wishes, request and we’ll send free NHDD-Five Wishes "Have You Signed Yours?" buttons, stickers and balloons - ideal for staff, volunteers and creating awareness. Ask about additional quantities. You can also download the artwork free and print them yourself.

Join the Social Movement: To encourage more people to talk with their families, and ultimately sign an advance directive, help us go viral with your plans on promoting NHDD. Tweet us at @AgingwDignity showcasing how you plan to promote NHDD. Tag a description, graphic or photo with one or more of the following hashtags: #FiveWishes, #NHDD and #ISignedMine.

Five Wishes NHDD Toolkit includes
Aging with Dignity is your resource for advance directives and end-of-life care issues. As the creator and distributor of the nation’s most popular and circulated advance directive, we understand the importance of developing tools for you to get the message out on National Healthcare Decisions Day. Below are just a few items to help the cause:

  • News release template customizable for your local media to showcase NHDD-Five Wishes events and activities you’re sponsoring
  • Proclamation template to help you bring recognition to NHDD from local and statewide officials. Proclamations help to recognize outstanding events and award achievements to organizations and individuals on occasions of importance
  • Talking points about Five Wishes, NHDD and how they are important for your organization
  • List of community outreach ideas using Five Wishes
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Sample voicemail messages
  • Artwork for download

Additional information about National Healthcare Decisions Day and ideas for outreach may be found at

Please tell us about your plans for National Healthcare Decisions Day. We would appreciate the chance to recognize your efforts on our website.

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