The Monmouth University Polling Institute and the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute

today released their third “Health Matters Poll,” a periodic survey of Garden State attitudes on
health care related issues. The current survey, which examines planning for end of life care,
found that most New Jerseyans have had some sort of discussion about their wishes for end of
life medical treatment, but few have actually made specific plans.

Most New Jersey residents say they are comfortable thinking about the idea of getting older,
including 45% who are very comfortable and 28% who are somewhat comfortable with the idea.
Another 26% say getting older is something they would rather not think about. There are no
significant differences in this comfort level by residents’ age, race, education or income.

New Jersey’s End of Life Care Planning April 2014

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