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National Healthcare Decisions Week

April 16th-22nd, 2017 has been designated National Healthcare Decisions Week. National Healthcare Decisions Day is usually on April 16th, the day after tax day and was inspired by Benjamin Franklin’s quip that “nothing in life is certain but death and taxes”. Since April 16th falls on Easter Sunday this year, events across the country will be held during the week following. National Healthcare Decisions Day exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. The theme this year is “It always seems too early, until it’s too late”.

The messages aren’t only for end-of-life discussions, but to encourage all adults to discuss and document their wishes for any event in which they cannot speak for themselves. Studies show that only about 27% of adults have engaged in advance care planning.

The Putnam County Hospice and Palliative Care Association will be hosting “How to Choose Your Healthcare Representative” Lunch and Learn on April 21st in the 3rd floor classrooms of the Putnam County Hospital. The presentation will begin at noon. Please RSVP at 765-655-2524.

There will also be a screening of Being Mortal, a film based on the best-selling book by Dr. Atul Gawande. The PBS documentary explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the physicians who treat them. The screening will also be held in the Putnam County Hospital’s 3rd floor classrooms on April 25th @ 7pm. More information is available at the Putnam County Hospice Palliative Care Association’s website, www.pchpca.org.

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