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COVID-19 Sparks Renewed Interest in Advanced Directives

With the onset of the coronavirus and the target group being seniors, there has been a renewed interest in advanced healthcare directives -- for obvious reasons. According to the CDC, age and underlying health conditions are the main factors in those who succumb to complications of this virus. People in their 50s are at higher risk for severe illness than people in their 40s. Similarly, people in their 60s or 70s are, in general, at higher risk for severe illness than people in their 50s. By far, those 85 and over are at the greatest risk for severe illness and death due to COVID-19, according to the CDC.

CDC Chart regarding coronavirus deaths

But COVID-19 has had other effects on individuals as well. The pandemic and the resulting recession has had a major impact on the mental health of our population. And for those with existing mental illnesses, the increased isolation and stress have exacerbated their conditions. In a tracking poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) in mid-July, they found that