Advance Care Planning Workshop at UNC Asheville’s OLLI on June 21

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To help people think through end-of-life medical treatment decisions in advance, OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville will hold a free workshop, open to everyone, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, at the Reuter Center on the university campus. Assistance will be provided so that attendees can leave with legally executed, notarized advance directive documents – the Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will.

Workshop participants also will be able to have their signed advanced directive documents made available in Mission Health’s electronic medical records system so that the documents become accessible to physicians and hospitals across North Carolina.

Completing advance directives helps ensure that a person’s wishes are honored regarding medical intervention at the end of life. If a person is no longer able to speak for themselves, these directives give designated loved ones the legal authority to advocate on that person’s behalf so that those wishes are honored.

At the workshop, a panel of elder care professionals will answer questions about end-of-life issues, including ethical and legal matters, the uses of advance directives, and how to communicate treatment wishes to family and medical personnel. 

The panel will be chaired by Amy Davison, co-director of the workshops, and will include Jon Felsinger, MSW, Care Partners Palliative Care; Meridith Miller, retired geriatric health psychologist; Carole Spainhour, attorney, Elder Law Carolina; and Sharon K. West, registered nurse and Women Veterans Program manager, Charles George VA Medical Center.

For more information on the workshop, including suggestions for things to do in advance, visit the OLLI website or call 828.251.6140.