National Healthcare Decisions Day - April 16, 2012
On April 16, 2012, join Americans across the country to talk to others
about your future healthcare decisions and to complete your advance directives!
To check out what's happening locally on National Healthcare Decision Day 2012, visit the Southern Tier End of Life Coalition's website at www.steolc.org/events.html.
Advance Planning for End of Life Program
Action for Older Persons' Advance Planning Program provides free, unbiased, and confidential help with many topics related to planning in advance for the last phase of life. Our goal is to ensure that everyone has two important advance directive forms: a Health Care Proxy, and a Living Will.
EVERYONE age 18 or older needs to have a health care proxy. A health care proxy form allows you to assign someone as your "health agent" to make medical decisions on your behalf if you cannot speak for yourself - whether it be the result of a sports-related injury, car accident, unexpected health emergency or terminal illness.
A Living Will is a written document that details your wishes for end of life treatments that you do or do not want. This document serves as an “instruction book” for your health care proxy and treatment providers.
Pick up forms in person at:
Action for Older Persons, Colonial Plaza, 32 W. State St., Binghamton (Free of charge)
Your physician or lawyer may also have these forms available.
AOP offers free, confidential, one-on-one counseling with information about making final arrangements and assistance in completing your advance directive forms. Volunteers will also witness your forms, which will make your Health Care Proxy form a legally binding document!
AOP also offers various seminars throughout the year. Click Here to view the current schedule.
For more details on Advance Planning, check out our Preparing Now for Future Health Care Emergencies materials:
Preparing Now BOOKLET (12 page, PDF, 1.7mb)
Click the video box below to watch the video.
Free seminars on Advance Directives can be arranged for your group or organization by calling Action for Older Persons at 607-722-1251. All participants at the seminars will receive Free copies of Advance Directives to take home as well as the information necessary to complete them accurately. Annually, AOP facilitates Preparing Now, a 5-part comprehensive series hosted by a local religious organization, that features local experts discussing important end-of-life topics for the community. To inquire about being the hosting religious organization please contact us for more details.
For more information on the APEL program, to arrange for a guest speaker, or to set up an appointment for an advance planning session, call 607-722-1251.