This is one aspect of Vatican II I remember parishes hammering away at during the 70′s and 80′s:
“Extreme unction,” which may also and more fittingly be called “anointing of the sick,” is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence, as soon as any one of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him (or her) to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived.
How do you think the laity are considering anointing of the sick these days? I still encourage people to celebrate that sacrament before going to the hospital. Some are still surprised.