No matter how often you’re told that planning in advance for serious illness is essential for you, your family and your health care team, so many of us still refuse to fill out forms or partake in conversations. And as our society continues to age, such advance care planning just becomes more essential, as the technological options for treatment, and the increasing aging of our population, collide. Recently, Kaiser Health News hosted a comprehensive video conversation on Facebook Live with some of the leading experts on advance care planning, to help sort through the clinical, legal and ethical issues that continue to challenge end of life care and planning. Take a look at what the experts have to say Here (alert-the conversation starts about 10 minutes into the video). And new options seem to be arising in this arena. For example, one newly controversial option that has taken hold in some settings is the decision to voluntarily stop eating and drinking (VSED) as a way to not prolong the inevitable in the face of advanced serious illness. Check out this new JAMA article on this process Here. Finally, in the state of Washington, new controversial guidelines have been created to allow patients, in advance of incapacitating dementia, to assert they do not want spoon feeding should they refuse it once dementia takes hold. Though not widely implemented right now, this advance refusal of spoon feeding could be the next explosive order in the advance care planning arsenal. Take a look at these new guidelines Here.