The Florida Commission on Aging with Dignity, a privately funded nonprofit in Tallahassee, Fla., held a series of five community forums in Florida in 1996 and 1997 on a variety of aging and end-of-life issues.
The forums examined how health and long-term care services could be structured and managed to safeguard the dignity of people as they age and approach death. Forum topics included:
The project launched the Five Wishes advance directive campaign. The initiative produced a brochure that walks people through the steps of writing down how they would like to be cared for in the event of a serious illness or injury.
The Five Wishes advance directive is available online.