Panel discussion: Jan. 12, 2015, 1:30 p.m. at the Coupeville Library.
Advanced care directive class: Jan. 13, 2015, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Coupeville Library. (Register online via the library calendar or by calling 360-678-4911.)
A medical crisis can hit at any age. Now is the time to plan so you can be sure to get the health care you want, even when you are unable to speak for yourself.
Join us on Jan. 12 for a Sno-Isle Libraries Issues That Matter panel discussion of this important topic at the Coupeville Library, 788 NW Alexander St. Dr. Marshall Goldberg will moderate. The next day, the library will host two related classes.
Panelists will be Carla Jolley, palliative care advance practice nurse, Whidbey General Hospital; Karen Griffith, client support volunteer, Compassion & Choices of Washington; Grethe Cammermeyer, owner, Saratoga View Adult Home; and Cathleen Fanslow, author of "Using the Power of Hope to Cope with Dying: The Four Stages of Hope."
Both the panel discussion and the classes are free. Class participants will learn to write an advanced care directive, a document that combines a living with a durable power of attorney for health care.
Event partners with Sno-Isle Libraries are Whidbey General Hospital and Compassion & Choices of Washington.
The Conversation Project When it comes to end-of-life care, one conversation can make all the difference.
Compassion and Choices Washington assists people with all aspects of end-of-life decision making.
Washington Death With Dignity Act This act allows terminally ill adults seeking to end their life to request lethal doses of medication from medical and osteopathic physicians.
Washington Legal Forms Here, Sno-Isle Libraries customers can find forms relating to healthcare, living wills, power of attorney, etc. by clicking on the category for Wills & Estates.
Snohomish County Health Care Coalition Initiative
Learn about advanced care planning, including where to find local classes.
Five Wishes "America's most popular living will" provided by Aging With Dignity.
iom.edu/endoflife Institute of Medicine report on "Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life.
Sno-Isle Libraries is committed to providing access to a variety of viewpoints through our wide range of resources, including electronic media, books, journals, and programs like this one.
Sno-Isle Libraries' Issues That Matter programs are meant to encourage community conversations on high-profile topics. These events are free and open to the public. Funding is provided by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.
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