It is important for patients and their families, regardless of age or medical history, to be informed about advance directives and discuss medical preferences with their loved ones.
An advance directive, such as a living will or durable power of attorney for health care, reflects your values for medical care when you are sick and cannot voice your own preferences. It is important to document your preferences in advance, so that health care teams can respect your choices. It also removes the burden of difficult decision-making from your family and loved ones if you are too ill to speak for yourself. They are appropriate and important at all ages, because illness or injury can strike at any time during our lives.
As a physician who is fellowship trained in Palliative Medicine, Dr. Arneson is an expert on issues surrounding end of life. Her presentation will cover questions such as: What are advance directive documents? Why do we need them? What do they mean? What happens when one is not in place?
It’s easy to create an advance directive with the help of knowledgeable professionals, and we will provide you with these resources at this seminar.