Social worker and health policy expert, Judy Peres, describes the trajectory of advance care planning, its relevance to current news stories on the failure to honor patient and family wishes, and where policy might head. She joined in a panel on advance care planning at an event hosted by the Center for Practical Bioethics. Peres describes the dual need to honor and empower individuals and families, while also fostering systems change. She notes that advances in technology move us ever farther from normalizing death–seeing it as an inevitable phase of living–and describes ways we might move forward through more comprehensive care planning and assessment. Don’t miss the beginning, with a tribute to the late, great Pete Seeger.
key words: advance care planning, care plans, POLST, Judy Peres