Advance Care Planning: Free Workshops
VENUE DATE TIME TYPE
WT Library Tuesday July 23 10:30-12:00 Workshop
CH Library Tuesday July 23 1:00-4:00 Workshop
Anchors, EDG Wednesday July 31 1:00-3:00 Workshop
Anchors, EDG Wednesday Sept. 4 1:00-3:00 Workshop (1 of 2)
VH COA Thursday Sept. 5 1:30-3:00 Workshop
VH Library Monday Sept. 16 2:00-3:30 Workshop
WT Library Wed. September 18 10:30-12:00 Workshop
WT Library Monday Sept. 23 6:00-8:00pm Film (TBD)
OB COA Wed. September 25 12:30-3:00 Workshop
Anchors, EDG Wed. September 25 1:00-3:00 Workshop (2 of 2)
NAACP Saturday, October 19 12:00-2:00 Workshop (1 of 2)
CH Library Tuesday October 22 1:00-4:00 Workshop
NAACP Saturday Nov. 16 12:00-2:00 Workshop (2 of 2)
VH Library Monday Nov. 18 2:00-3:30 Workshop
CH Library Tuesday November 19 1:00-4:00 Workshop
For any of these free workshops, register here.
Healthy Aging MV is dedicated to educating islanders about the importance of advance care planning (ACP). This is the process by which an individual (aged 18 or older) lets his or her wishes be known about end-of-life or emergency medical care. There are a number of documents a person can fill out, and the process includes conversations with family members and physicians, filling out documents and providing copies to family members and physicians, and assigning a health care proxy. People dealing with serious illness or end-of-life care should also have a MOLST form on file with their physician.
Beginning in 2017, Healthy Aging MV initiated a collaborative process with Martha's Vineyard Hospital to determine the need on the island for outreach and education about ACP. We determined that only 10% of patients at MV Hospital have completed advance care plans. Although many elders say they want to die at home, without pain and without undergoing extreme measures, many have avoided taking the steps necessary to ensure that their values and choices are known and will be followed if they are not able to communicate those wishes. When elders don't make those decisions known to their doctors and families, both doctors and families struggle.
Healthy Aging MV worked to bring the Rural Scholars to Martha's Vineyard again; eight students from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Massachusetts Graduate School of Nursing traveled to the island to conduct interviews with physicians, nurses, human service providers, and attendees at the Councils on Aging to assess the current readiness of island residents to engage in discussion of and planning for Advance Care.
Healthy Aging MV is building a wide coalition of island organizations to support this initiative. We trained a corps of volunteer ACP advocates and Facilitators to teach elders and families about the importance of having "The Conversation" and creating an Advance Care Plan. Our initiative includes a multi-media campaign to reach out to all segments of our island's population as we work closely with the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), the Brazilian population, island clergy and the faith community, MV Hospital and all island medical providers, the Dukes County Health Council, island businesses and merchants, our Councils on Aging, the Center for Living, and other stakeholders.
**Attention businesses: Contact us to set up an Advance Care Planning workshop as a Wellness Benefit for your employees.
photo courtesy of the Martha's Vineyard Gazette and photographer Mark Allen Lovewell