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

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