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Posted on 5/17/2019

Conversation of Your Life (COYL) Event Promotes Dignity and Choice

On Thursday, May 30th Westwood for All Ages in association with North Jersey Villages (NJV), Norris McLaughlin PA, and Care One at Valley will host “Five Wishes,” a workshop designed for attendees to reflect upon personal choices for healthcare and end-of-life wishes and to create a document to communicate those wishes. 

“If you have ever witnessed a family struggling to make decisions with or for a loved one whose life situation suddenly changed or they could not make decisions for themselves, you understand the importance of thinking about and communicating your wishes for care in such a situation,” suggests Kathy Kuzma, Bergen County COYL Task Force member and NJV President.  She recommends that, “The ‘Five Wishes’ approach to documenting and discussing your care and comfort choices, clarifies options and simplifies what could otherwise be a daunting task.”

The “Five Wishes” workshop will focus on understanding legal documents and state requirements, helping families connect, communicating effectively with healthcare providers, and influencing communities by advocating for compassionate care. 

Workshop attendees will be able to draft their “wishes” based on five questions:

  1. Who do I want to make care decisions for me if I can’t?
  2. What kind of medical treatment do I want?
  3. How comfortable do I want to be?
  4. How do I want people to treat me?
  5. What do I want my loved ones to know?

The free workshop will take place at the Thomas J. Riley Senior Center, 100 Madison Ave., Westwood, NJ from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and includes dinner.  Interested individuals should register by emailing ww4allages@gmail.com (preferred) or by leaving a message at 917-701-3121.  Seating is limited. 

Westwood for All Ages is a collaborative initiative that is addressing ways to enhance the quality of life for all who live in Westwood.  Their aim is to help older adults in Westwood to have multiple options for transportation, housing and sources of communication so that they are able to thrive in their homes and fully participate in every aspect of community life, including having a voice that is heard and attended to in civic affairs.  Funding for Westwood for All Ages provided by The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation.  www.westwoodforallages.org facebook.com/westwoodforallages

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