U.S. adults that have discussed illness planning with a loved one as of 2017, by age

Percentage of U.S. adults that have had serious conversations with a loved one about planning for serious illness as of 2017, by age

by John Elflein, last edited Jul 4, 2019
U.S. adults that have discussed illness planning with a loved one as of 2017, by age This statistic depicts the percentage of U.S. adults that have ever had a serious conversation with a loved one about select serious illness or end of life topics as of 2017, by age. According to the data, among those aged 18 to 29 years, 40 percent had conversations with a loved one regarding who will make medical decisions if they cannot. Comparatively, 82 percent of those aged 65 years and older had the same conversation.
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Percentage of U.S. adults that have had serious conversations with a loved one about planning for serious illness as of 2017, by age

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18-29 years30-49 years50-64 years65 years and older
Who will make decisions about their medical care if they can no longer make them on their own40%59%69%82%
Their wishes for medical care if seriously ill38%46%61%71%
Who will help take care of them if they need help caring for themselves31%40%55%65%
What's needed for a good quality of life if seriously ill25%35%43%48%
Where they'll live if seriously ill17%29%39%55%
How to pay for health care and other support if seriously ill22%32%43%47%
Yes to any of the above conversations59%71%80%90%
18-29 years30-49 years50-64 years65 years and older
Who will make decisions about their medical care if they can no longer make them on their own40%59%69%82%
Their wishes for medical care if seriously ill38%46%61%71%
Who will help take care of them if they need help caring for themselves31%40%55%65%
What's needed for a good quality of life if seriously ill25%35%43%48%
Where they'll live if seriously ill17%29%39%55%
How to pay for health care and other support if seriously ill22%32%43%47%
Yes to any of the above conversations59%71%80%90%
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by John Elflein, last edited Jul 4, 2019
This statistic depicts the percentage of U.S. adults that have ever had a serious conversation with a loved one about select serious illness or end of life topics as of 2017, by age. According to the data, among those aged 18 to 29 years, 40 percent had conversations with a loved one regarding who will make medical decisions if they cannot. Comparatively, 82 percent of those aged 65 years and older had the same conversation.
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