Griffin Hospital Advance Care Planning Coordinator Lynn Aiksnoras will present, “What if?” an interactive presentation and discussion will focus on the first steps of Advance Care Planning – those “what if” scenarios which can profoundly alter an individual’s life and painfully disrupt even the most stable families.
“Most adults don’t think about creating advance directives for themselves, and often respond with an amused or quizzical look when asked if they have one,” Aiksnoras said. But life can change in an instant. Making the ‘first steps’ of Advance Care Planning a routine part of healthcare can develop the awareness, comfort, trust and skills to build the foundation for more difficult conversations with our loved ones and doctors if/when health takes a serious turn.”
Advance Care Planning (ACP) is a process of understanding, reflecting on and discussing individual goals, beliefs and values in order to determine a person’s overall wishes, should a time come when he or she cannot make them for him or herself. ACP ensures that patients’ healthcare wishes are respected by loved ones and healthcare providers. This process also gives comfort and reassurance to healthcare representatives, enabling them to clearly understand patients’ end-of-life preferences.
This talk is part of Griffin Hospital's Healthy U Talks, a series of free wellness talks featuring Griffin Hospital medical experts and community partners providing trusted health information and answers to questions on a wide range of topics.