Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging

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| Editors: Danan Gu, Matthew E. Dupre

Advance Care Planning: Advance Directives

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_1028-1



Advance Care Planning

Advance care planning (ACP) is a communication process that aims to help an individual plan for future medical care if the person is unable to make his or her own medical decisions. An estimated 45%–70% of older adults facing end-of-life treatment decisions are incapable of making those decisions themselves (Institute of Medicine (IOM) 2014). ACP helps an individual prepare for a sudden unexpected illness or injury, from which the person may recover, as well as the dying process and ultimately death. The goal of ACP is to ensure that individuals receive care consistent with their expressed preferences during serious and chronic illnesses (Sudore et al. 2017). An additional goal of ACP is to ensure the desired care will help the person live well as death approaches and die in their preferred setting.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.GeriatricsExcellus BlueCross BlueShieldRochesterUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Amy Chow
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Social Work & Social AdministrationThe University of Hong KongHong KongChina