April 30, 2014 | Number of The Day
New Jerseyans who have a living will

Most New Jersey adults have given either some thought (34 percent) or a great deal of thought (27 percent) to how they would like to be medically treated if there were no hope of survival and they were in pain, according to the most recent “health matters” poll from the Monmouth University Polling Institute and the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute.

What’s more, most New Jersey adults have had a discussion about this with someone close to them. That’s in line with 73 percent who say they are comfortable with the idea of getting older (28 percent say they are somewhat comfortable thinking about it and 45 percent say they are very comfortable thinking about it.).

Nevertheless, less than half of the population has done much about it. Only 45 percent of adults say they have a living will or written instructions, and only 27 percent have set aside money to pay for ongoing living-assistance expenses such as a nursing home or community healthcare.