Planning for your care through end of life topic of Jan. 27 workshop at Edmonds Senior Center

The Edmonds Senior Center Enhance Wellness Program, in partnership with Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition and Washington Healthcare Forum, is offering a free two-hour class, “Your Life, Your Wishes,” focused on advance care planning. The class will be at the Edmonds Senior Center on Monday, Jan. 27 from 1-3 p.m.

While most Americans say they would prefer to live through the end of their lives at home, surrounded by friends and family, the reality is the exact opposite. More than 70 percent of Americans die in hospitals or nursing homes.

Studies show that when people age 65 and older plan in advance with their doctors they are much more satisfied about their preferences for care through the end of their lives. They’re less anxious, feel more in control, and trust that their physicians understand their wishes.

By attending this class, you’ll learn:

➢ How your values and beliefs can guide your personal choices regarding medical care through the end of life.
➢ How to select the best person to speak for you in the event that you are unable to speak for yourself.
➢ What life sustaining treatments may be offered to you at the end of life and the pros and cons of each treatment.
➢ What forms you need to fill out and share with your doctor to document your choices.

Space is limited; call 425-774-5555 to register.

This training is part of a palliative care initiative sponsored by the Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition, composed of chief executives from local business, education, healthcare, human services and the faith community committed to improving health, healthcare costs, economic vitality and prosperity in Snohomish County. Learn more at www.snocohealthleadership.org.

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