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National Healthcare Decisions Day

What is National Healthcare Decisions Day?

National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) is on April 16.

NHDD is a day designed to help raise public awareness of the need to plan ahead for end-of-life healthcare decisions. The day of observance exists to inspire, educate and encourage people to express their wishes for their advance directives, whatever they may be.

NHDD is a collaborative effort to highlight the importance of advance care planning and to provide tools for making these decisions. The initiative is supported by national, state and community organizations committed to ensuring that all adults take the opportunity to communicate and document their advance healthcare decisions.

What is Advance Care Planning?

Advance care planning includes completing an advance directive (also known as a living will) and appointing a medical power of attorney (someone to make healthcare decisions for you if you are unable to speak for yourself). Then, most importantly, sharing your decisions and care wishes with your loved ones.

Our Partnership recommends using Five Wishes to complete your advance care planning. To learn more about Five Wishes, click the button below.

Attend a Community Event

All throughout April, our Partners are hosting events to empower people throughout our community – like you – to complete their advance care planning! 

These events provide opportunities for personalized assistance and education on a number of topics related to end of life. 

For the full listing, check out our events page:

Ready to Begin Your Plan? Purchase Five Wishes

You can order your own Five Wishes Advance Directive and help our Partnership at the same time. By purchasing Five Wishes through the links below, a portion of the proceeds benefit the work of the Arizona End of Life Care Partnership. This allows us to continue providing education, services, and resources to people across Tucson and Arizona.

Five Wishes is available for purchase in a printed hard copy, as well as free of charge in printable PDF form. Choose the option that works best for you.

Purchase a physical copy of Five Wishes

If you cannot pay at this time, please contact us at