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Hard Choices Down The Road


Are We Ready To Plan Now?


Save the Date: September 18 Symposium for CHV Members and the Community

by Mary Procter

Many of us have joined the Capitol Hill Village for the same reason that Geoff Lewis originally founded it—we know that life can take us by surprise and sometimes smack us in the head. Many members have faced or are facing hard choices about their own well-being or that of a spouse or close friend.

At an all-day symposium on September 18, you will have a chance to hear from recognized speakers on these choices as well as from Village members who have begun discussions with their families about their own preferences for how they will be cared for if their health deteriorates. You will come away with some tools to use in your own planning and in discussions with family and close friends. The symposium has been shaped by some of the CHV members who have already experienced these crises in their lives.

“Hard Choices Down the Road: the Time to Plan is Now” will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the parish hall of the Church of the Reformation, 212 E. Capitol St. NE. The morning will be devoted to choices about long-term care. Howard Gleckman, author of Caring for Our Parents: Inspiring Stories of Families Seeking New Solutions to America‘s Latest Health Crisis, will lead off with an overview of the kinds of choices made by families with aging members. His book illustrates a clear roadmap with a couple dozen touching case studies of individuals and families who have taken different approaches to their long-term care. Capitol Hill Village members will then talk of their own experiences.

The second morning session will focus on end-of-life choices and care. Hank Dunn, a hospice chaplain, will talk of the medical and emotional issues faced by all of us as we approach the end of life. CHV‘s Julie Maggioncalda uses his book, Hard Choices for Loving People, as a bible for helping families deal with crises.

Over a box lunch (available for purchase) and in small groups, attendees will have a chance to share their observations and experiences. Then, Capitol Hill Village members and providers of palliative and hospice care will provide additional insights. You will hear about tools you can use with your own families and close friends.

The symposium is open to the public. There will be a $25 fee for non-CHV members. To register, call CHV at 205-543-1778 or email info@capitolhillvillage.org.


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