Survey of Aging and Longevity, 2013

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Q35

(Percentages are weighted by WEIGHT; Total Ns reported are unweighted)

FORM 1 & 2: Are your own wishes for medical treatment in these kinds of circumstances written down somewhere, or not?
  1) Yes, written down (includes living will)
  2) No, not written down
  9) Don't know/Refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Yes, written down (includes living will) 35.1% 35.1%
No, not written down 64% 99.1%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 1% 100.1%
Total N = 1994

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-49 50-64 65-79 80 or more TOTAL
Yes, written down (includes living will) 15.4% 32.6% 38.4% 58.7% 64.4% 35.2%
No, not written down 83.9% 67.0% 60.7% 40.6% 32.9% 64.0%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 0.7% 0.5% 0.9% 0.7% 2.7% 0.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1964


Region (I-REGION)

Northeast Midwest South West TOTAL
Yes, written down (includes living will) 34.3% 35.3% 35.3% 35.0% 35.0%
No, not written down 65.2% 64.0% 63.2% 64.3% 64.0%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 0.6% 0.7% 1.5% 0.7% 1.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1994


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school (Grades 1-8 or no formal schooling) or high school incomplete High school graduate (Grade 12 with diploma or GED certificate) Some college, no degree (includes community college) or two year associate degree from a college or university Four year college or university degree/Bachelor's degree (e.g., BS, BA, AB) Some postgraduate or professional schooling, no postgraduate degree or Postgraduate or professional degree, including master's, doctorate, medical or law degree TOTAL
Yes, written down (includes living will) 22.8% 30.4% 36.6% 40.5% 45.2% 34.9%
No, not written down 76.1% 68.8% 62.0% 59.2% 54.8% 64.3%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 1.1% 0.8% 1.5% 0.3% 0.0% 0.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1982


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Living with a partner Divorced Separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Yes, written down (includes living will) 40.7% 28.1% 39.3% 14.9% 60.5% 17.2% 35.2%
No, not written down 58.7% 71.2% 59.4% 83.0% 38.7% 81.8% 64.0%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 0.6% 0.7% 1.3% 2.1% 0.8% 1.0% 0.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1986


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Yes, written down (includes living will) 35.0% 35.1% 35.1%
No, not written down 63.7% 64.3% 64.0%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 1.3% 0.6% 0.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1994


Race (I-RACE)

White, non-Hisp Black, non-Hisp Hispanic Other TOTAL
Yes, written down (includes living will) 41.4% 18.7% 24.6% 22.4% 34.8%
No, not written down 58.2% 78.7% 74.7% 75.5% 64.3%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 0.4% 2.6% 0.7% 2.1% 0.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1962



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