Commission on Aging to hear about advance care planning/healthcare directives

Meeting is scheduled for Wed., Aug. 21 at the Public Service Center in Vancouver

VANCOUVER — Advance care planning is not just about getting older. At any age, a medical crisis could leave you too ill to make your own healthcare decisions. Even if you are not sick now, planning for health care in the future is an important step to insure you receive the medical care you would want, if you are unable to speak for yourself and others are making the decisions for you.

Area seniors can learn how to navigate the process of completing your Healthcare Directive and Durable Power of Attorney at the next meeting of the Commission on Aging, 4:30 p.m. Wed., Aug. 21.

The meeting will be in the sixth-floor Hearing Room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

Members of PeaceHealth’s Palliative Care program, Daleasha Hall, Melissa Ensey and April Duff will discuss the importance of advocating for yourself and the resources available to assist you in making a plan for your future healthcare needs.

The Aug. 21 discussion is the fifth meeting this year focused on healthy communities, especially for people 65 and older. Healthy communities can contribute to one’s ability to live independently, safely and comfortably.

The Commission on Aging, supported by the Clark County Council, is a nine-member volunteer group that implements the Aging Readiness Plan and provides leadership addressing needs of aging community members. For more about the commission, please visit www.clark.wa.gov/aging.

Commission meetings are carried live on CVTV Channel 23 and online at www.cvtv.org. To see replay times, go to www.cvtv.org.

Information provided by Clark Co. WA Communications.

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