Advance health care planning is not just about old age. Having advance healthcare directives helps you plan for unforeseen situations, like a serious and sudden illness or a debilitating automobile accident.
An advance healthcare directive allows you to name another individual as an agent to make health care decisions on your behalf if you are incapable of making your own decisions, or you want someone else to make those decisions for you now, even though you are still capable.
This document allows you to make end-of-life related decisions as well as decisions regarding medical treatment should you become incapacitated. You may also express your wishes regarding the donation of organs and the designation of your primary physician.