Advanced directives topic of Jan. 3 multiple sclerosis group meeting

Dec 22, 2012

Rockland — The Thursday, Jan. 3 meeting of Keep S’myelin will feature a discussion of living wills, durable power of attorney, medical power of attorney, and do not resuscitate orders.

Dorn McMahon, a social worker from Kno-Wal-Lin, will present this information and field questions from the group. Many are reluctant to discuss these topics, but it is very important to make a plan of action ensuring an individual’s final wishes are carried out should they be unable to speak for themselves.

According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, “Americans are a people who plan. We plan everything: our schedules, our careers and work projects, our weddings and vacations, our retirements. Many of us plan for the disposition of our estates after we die. The one area that most of us avoid planning is the end of our life. Yet, if we don't plan, if we don't at least think about it and share our ideas with those we love, others take over at the very time when we are most vulnerable, most in need of understanding and comfort, and most longing for dignity.”

Everyone should take the responsibility to make it as easy as possible for their loved ones to function effectively during what is often a very trying time. Preparing these documents is a huge step toward accomplishing that goal.

Keep S’myelin, an awareness group for those with multiple sclerosis, their families, caregivers, and friends meets at Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice at 170 Pleasant St. on the first Thursday of every month at 11:30 a.m. They are affiliated with the Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

For more information please call Tom at 354-0285 or Brian at 236-2307.

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