Advance planning is something we, as a society, don’t do well. Most of us tend not to save adequately for retirement, don’t execute wills, and don’t complete advance directives. Appropriately we tend to live in the present, “the now”. So how do we deal with educating ourselves, our leaders, and our governments to balance “the now” with “the future”. Ultimately the education about advance planning needs to come from the heath professions, medical societies, communities, states, and the federal government. Viewing this as a public health issue with the rapid aging of the population, the CDC has created a program to educate heath professionals.