When should I talk with others?

Now. The best answer is the sooner the better.

You want to start the conversation before a crisis happens, before there is a specific need. Give yourself and others time to think about options. Think about when you were looking for the home you live in now. You probably did not make a decision to move in right away – you may have looked around, looked at other options, weighed the pros and the cons, and made a final decision. You want to do the same when you are planning for future health events.

You can think of taking small steps if you need to. By taking small steps you can cover a lot of ground.

Think of this conversation as an ongoing one. You can always change your mind and your choices – just make sure that if you do, you let the people who may be asked to make decisions for you know.

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