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LIFE’S SUNSET — PLAN BEFORE THE SUN GOES DOWN

INTRODUCTION.   The end of one’s life can be tragic –or warm and fulfilling.  To achieve a “good death” knowledge, planning and execution are essential.  This three-part series will give you the basic tools to plan your sunset, and then how to implement your plan.  The series is progressive, but each session stands alone, too.  Attend all three if you can.

 

LIFE’S SUNSET — THINK, TALK, WRITE — 1st Session, Tuesday, May 17, 10:00

A good plan is based on thinking, talking and writing.  Why should you stop and think before you write? Why are family conversations important?  Are there limitations on what can be written in an advance directive?  Does a form have to be followed?  Why is choosing your agent so critical?  Do you need a doctor’s pink POLST order in addition?

 

LIFE’S SUNSET – THE END OF LIFE OPTION ACT AND OTHER OPTIONS — 2nd Session, Tuesday, May 24, 10:00

The California End of Life Option Act allows some to choose to die early with the assistance of a physician.  Who qualifies and who doesn’t?  If you don’t qualify, what other options are there?  What is the legal constraint on the other options?  Why is Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED) the most favored option?  What is hospice care and is it available?

 

LIFE’S SUNSET — PLANNING FOR POSSIBLE DEMENTIA — 3rd Session, Tuesday, May 31, 10:00

What is dementia? What is it about dementia that makes it so dreaded?  What are our choices when planning for it, just in case? Why does the legal constraint loom so large?