Who Will Make Healthcare Decisions When I Can’t: A Bridges Conversation Corner Workshop About Advanced Directives With Attorney Mellissa Holmes Whitt From Griffin Law Offices

By Spectrum Generations | Jul 15, 2014

In today’s unpredictable world, advance healthcare directives (documents that inform others of your healthcare preferences) have become increasingly important, especially to help avoid conflict about an individual’s care. To address this growing need, Bridges, a division of Spectrum Generations in partnership with Griffin Law Offices will host a community health education workshop entitled “Who Will Make Your Healthcare Decisions When You Can’t?” on July 28 at 10:00 a.m. in the conference room at Spectrum’s Coastal Community Center, 521 Main Street in Damariscotta.

 The term 'advance directive' refers to your oral and written instructions about your future medical care in the event you are unable to express your medical wishes.  Attorney Mellissa Holmes Whitt will discuss how to ensure your wishes are being followed using advance directives, including documents such as a healthcare directive (living will), a durable power of attorney for healthcare, medical orders for life sustaining treatment and a healthcare proxy. Older adults are more likely to use advance directives, which are documents that give instructions about healthcare choices or appoint someone to make medical treatment decisions. Young people have as much at stake when they have not expressed their wishes. By putting everything in writing, you ensure that the information is available to your appointed healthcare agent, doctor or hospital.  Learn about your options and how to put them in place by attending Attorneys Whitt’s workshop on July 28. This is an intergeneration workshop.  No matter your age, come, listen, learn and get ready to begin a discussion and process that can ensure that your wishes are met and can also relieve families from having to make difficult decisions at a time of great stress. Participation Fee: $5.  To register call 563-1363.

 If you'd like more information about this topic, Spectrum Generations or to schedule an interview with Attorney Mellissa Holmes Whitt please contact Marianne Pinkham at (207) 563-1363 or e-mail Marianne at mpinkham@spectrumgenerations.org. 

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