My Life, My Decision was an outreach service supporting people aged 50 plus to ensure their wishes for treatment and care are known and respected. It aimed to give thousands of older people the opportunity to exercise their rights to plan ahead.

The project covered three main areas:

  • Offering one-to-one support to people aged 50 plus wishing to discuss their wishes for treatment and care, and providing support to complete an Advance Decision, Advance Statement or a Health & Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney
  • Raising awareness of end of life rights amongst people aged 50 plus and their communities
  • Delivering accredited training to professionals, volunteers and community groups

This outreach service provided information and support in seven regions around England in partnership with local Age UKs.

One-to-One support

A fully trained Age UK volunteer provided one-to-one information and support and travelled to meet people at a suitable location.

During these visits they provided necessary information to explore the options available around planning ahead, helping people understand their rights to make decisions about their own treatment and care, and support them to complete the necessary paperwork to make their wishes known.


The Advance Decision will take the responsibility out of the hands of my loved ones. They and the doctors know what my wishes are, and will be spared having to make terribly difficult decisions.Sarah, Cambridge

Project impact and summary

Please see our training page for more information.

Engaging new communities

We developed:

  • A new approach to engaging diverse and minority communities in planning for their future care
  • A new approach to working with GP practices to train staff and raise awareness among patients
  • Three accredited training modules: An Introduction to the Three Tools for Talking and Planning; Advance Decisions in Depth; and Lasting Powers of Attorney for Health and Welfare in Depth

New resources