Write Your Own Prescription for Care: Preparing an Advance Directive

04/09/2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Central Library
1015 N Quincy St
Arlington, VA 22201

Second floor conference room. Free parking is available in the garage under the library and in the parking lot next to the library.

Life-threatening falls, auto accidents or illness can happen to anyone. What if you were not able to express your care preferences in a crisis? Planning ahead can enable you to exercise some control over your treatment, even in extreme circumstances. An advance directive spells out preferences, such as what types of medical procedures do you want or don’t want, addresses comfort concerns such as pain management, and identifies person(s) you trust to make decisions for you. An advance directive also enables others to act on your behalf if you cannot. This might be the most important document you ever prepare. Written guidance helps alleviate the anxiety and uncertainty your loved ones may feel when pressed to make a critical life and death decision.

ANV is presenting a two-part program: Session (1) explains advance directives and Session (2) provides assistance in preparing or revising your own advance directive. Susan Jung and Carol Paquette (ANV Volunteers and Certified Advanced Directive Facilitators) will walk you through the process. Session (1) on April 9 will cover advance directives, factors to consider when preparing one, and recent developments related to end of life planning. Session (2) on April 16 will be a small group workshop where ANV members and volunteers can receive one-on-one assistance in preparing your own directive.

Please RSVP by Thursday, April 5 for the first session. You may RSVP by replying to this email at register@arlnvil.org or by calling the office at 703-509-8057. Be sure to include the name of the event and name of each attendee, along with their email and/or phone number. Attendance is limited to 20 people so be sure to RSVP to secure your spot. Registration for the April 16 session will be done at the introductory session.