Mayo Clinic Health leaders encourage talking about living wills during holiday season

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – The Holidays are a time when Family and Friends gather, because of that, Mayo Clinic Health Systems says it’s a good time to consider talking about living wills.

One Mayo Neurologist says it’s the perfect time to talk about what you’d like to happen in case you get sick and can’t make a medical decision for yourself.

Mayo Clinic doctors also say selecting a health care representative is important.

You want to make sure it’s someone who can be reached quickly.

“Selecting a health surrogate is very important. You want to select somebody, No. 1, that knows enough about your medical situation to be able to make decisions in the context of those conditions. No. 2, you need to select somebody who is actually going to be able to carry out your wishes,” said Mayo Clinic Neurologist, Dr. Maisha Robinson.

Robinson also says to talk with the people listed and also talk with your physician so that everybody is on the same page whenever the time comes.