The End-Stage Renal Disease population is aging. Considering that hemodialysis is a treatment that maintains and prolongs life, this descriptive-comparative study looks at the perceptions of patients according to age group -<65 years, n=121 and ≥65 years, n=123, as it pertains to dialysis treatment cessation and life-sustaining treatments. Results: Older patients are more indecisive as to what dialysis treatment cessation may actually represent for them (p=0,01). They expressed a greater need for support from the health care team if they decided to stop dialysis treatments (p=0,02); a greater involvement from the physician (p=0,04); and, in the event patients could not take part in end-of-life decision-making, they would give priority to the wishes of loved ones instead of their own wishes (p=0,01). Conclusion: Advanced care planning is necessary to demystify hemodialysis withdrawal and to support patients and their loved ones through this process.