Advanced directives discussion to be held in Kake

November 30 2011

A lunchtime gathering and discussion, titled \"Planning Ahead: A Gentle Introduction to Advanced Directives,\" will be held at noon on Dec. 14 at the Kake Senior Center.

SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) elder care nurse case manager Auriella Hughes, RN, will lead the discussion on need-to-know planning for future health care preferences. Advance directives are legal documents about end-of-life care prepared ahead of time so family and friends know your wishes.

The intent of the presentation is not to actually produce a completed advanced directive, but to start the dialogue, review some helpful work sheets, introduce and hand out the Alaska state form, understand the terminology, talk about the importance of the document and look at possible resistances to doing it.

There will also be time to answer any questions that arise. If any attendees want assistance in actually completing the form, there will be an opportunity to set up a future appointment for that purpose.

Refreshments will be provided, and van rides home after the gathering also will be available to elders. For more information, contact Kake elder care resource coordinator Margo Wilson at 785-6536.