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Holiday Season Is Perfect Time to “Talk Turkey” about End-of-Life Care Wishes

November 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Compassion & Choices Provides Tips to Families to Discuss Issue Everyone Will Face

The upcoming holiday season is the perfect time to “talk turkey over turkey” with your family about an important issue we all will face: our wishes for end-of-life care. It is the key message in the featured holiday story of the fall 2013 issue of Compassion & Choices Magazine.

Fewer than half of Americans over age 40 have completed an advance directive outlining what medical treatments they would want if they couldn’t communicate, according to a poll by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Ironically, more than half of the Americans over 40 in the survey have already been caregivers for a sick relative or friend.

Compassion & Choices’ End-of-Life Consultation (EOLC) program has provided confidential, personal support for thousands of people over the last 20 years. People call our toll-free number (800-247-7421) specifically about end-of-life planning, such as preparation of advance directives.

“Everyone wants to die peacefully and with dignity. But it takes more than hope to achieve this end-of-life outcome,” said Compassion & Choices President Barbara Coombs Lee, who was an ER and ICU nurse and physician assistant for 25 years. “Making and communicating end-of-life plans is absolutely necessary to ensure we get the treatment we want – and to avoid treatment we don’t want. This step is especially important to prepare for a time we may be unable to speak for ourselves.”

How do families start this uncomfortable conversation? After many attempts to engage her family, one Compassion & Choices client set her Thanksgiving table with advance directive forms at every place setting and announced: “Nobody gets dinner until these are filled out.”

That tough-turkey tactic may not work for everyone. The best approach is the one that suits you and your family. While it’s important to fill out this paperwork, it’s essential is to get the conversation going.

“Talking Turkey Over Turkey” tips include:

  • “Appetizers” that could lead the way to a satisfying dialogue;
  • Four key questions your conversation should cover; and
  • Free tools you need to guide your conversation and document the results.

For more information, visit www.compassionandchoices.org/what-we-do/advance-planning, or call 800-247-7421 to speak to a Compassion & Choices’ consultant or to request information.

With over 30 local groups and 40,000 members and supporters throughout the United States, Compassion & Choices leads the end-of-life choice movement. We support, educate and advocate. Learn more at: www.compassionandchoices.org.

Contact: Sean Crowley, 202-495-8520-c, scrowley@compassionandchoices.org

Benefit Rocks Out for Homeless Canines

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Benefit Rocks Out for Homeless Canines

Strap on your guitar, put on your best dancing shoes and get ready to rock and roll for a good cause: helping the plight of homeless animals.

The local nonprofit organization called A Home 4 Sport will be holding a “Rockin’ Out for Canines” fund-raiser on Saturday, April 27 from 7 – 10 p.m. at Tommy Rocker’s. Tommy Rocker’s is located at 4275 Dean Martin Dr.

Entertainment will be supplied by Las Vegas’ own School of Rock. A raffle for prizes and a silent auction will also be part of the fun.

The event is open to those at least 21 years of age. Tickets will cost $15 online at ahome4spot.com or $20 at the door. Food and drink is included in the admission price.

All proceeds will benefit a local organization called A Home 4 Spot. The volunteer organization provides foster care and medicine while seeking permanent homes for abandoned dogs.

A Home 4 Spot began operations in March 2009. Since that time, the 501(c )(3) nonprofit organization has saved over 500 local dogs from being euthanized. Since the beginning of 2012, the organization has raised more than $53,000 for the medical treatment of animals that would otherwise be killed.  For more information, please contact ahome4spot@gmail.com or call 702.239.7986.

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