Allensbach - Three out of ten Germans have made provisions for or against life-extending measures in the event of an accident or at the end of life with an advance directive. As poll published on Tuesday by the polling institute Allensbach shows, more and more citizens are dealing with these questions. Whereas in 2009 only 15 percent of those questioned had written an advance directive, it was now 28 percent.
Almost all (94 percent) of the 1,500 respondents are familiar with the concept of living wills. 74 percent expressed their agreement for people who, in the case of need for care, did not want their life to be extended “with all medical means”. For people over the age of 60, approval rose to 82 percent.