Calendar

FALL 2015 

Advance Care Planning – Digging Into the Details

Monday, November 16, 2015   6pm – 8pm

Click here to download the flyer: Digging Into the Details

In this workshop you will:

  • Get familiar with the range of terms and their consequences including: Agent, COLST, DNR, Code Status, Quality of Life, Hospice, Heroic Measures, and Palliative Care
  • Gain clarity on the choices so you can align them with your values and wishes
  • Learn what to do with your directive when it is completed.

Location: Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Drew Barry Room

Sponsored by Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Wellness Series and Brattleboro Hospice.

Monday, Sept 28, 2015   6pm – 8pm    Advance Care Planning – The Basics

Click here for the flyer

Modern medical advances often complicate end-of-life decisions. Learn how an advance care directive can help you and your loved ones in a medical crisis. Understand the key elements you need to have documented. Presented by Joanna Rueter, LICSW and Suzanne Baxtresser, RN

Whether you’re contemplating Advance Care Planning for yourself or for an aging loved one, this interactive workshop will teach you what you need to know to get started.  Take home handouts that will guide your next actions steps and provide additional resources. All are welcome!

Location: Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Drew Barry Room

Sponsored by Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Wellness Series and Brattleboro Hospice.

 Past Events

Living Fully, Aging Well, & Befriending Death.

Groups exploring the “third chapter” of life.

At each meeting, participants are invited to share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences regarding the joys and challenges of aging.  You are encouraged to bring relevant music, poetry, excerpts from articles, books, and videos. This is not a therapy group.

Evening Meeting Details

• Tuesday: 2nd and 4th of the month, 6:30pm-8:00 pm • The Gathering Place, 30 Terrace Street, Brattleboro, VT. • Come once, regularly or occasionally.

• No fee for attendance.

Daytime Meeting Details:

• Thursday 2nd and 4th of the month, 10:45 a.m. – Noon
• The Senior Center, Gibson Aiken Bldg, Main Street  Brattleboro, VT.    • Come once, regularly or occasionally.  • No fee for attendance.

Download flyer: LivingFullyMini_Flyer

Volunteer Advance Care Planning Facilitator Training March 27 & 28,2014

A first-time training for Hospice Volunteers who want to help people learn “upstream” about the choices and possibilities for end-of-life options utilizing the nationally recognized Respecting Choices (R) curriculum. A 10 hour prerequisite on- line training  is required before the March 27-28 on-site class.

NOTE: Call Joyce at Brattleboro Area Hospice 802-257-0775  to be added to the waiting list for the next class.

Citizens’s Breakfast: March 20 7:30 a.m. Senior Center Main Street Brattleboro, VT 

What Do Advance Care Directives have to do with Being a  Local Citizen?   

You might be surprised!  Meanwhile you already have tons to think about— so why this? Why now?  Come to Citizen’s Breakfast Friday March 20th to find out more about this much avoided topic.  Leave having eaten a good meal, knowing how advance care directives are a way to help everyone in your life and the 5 basic steps to getting the task done!

There’s so much media on this topic right now:  A 506 page bi-partisan study saying that as a nation we need to improve on how we do aging and end-of-life in this country. The excellent and very readable BEING MORTAL: Medicine and What Matters in the End  by Atul Gawande.  Even a comprehensive online guide at ConsumerReports.org/endoflife.   But it’s still hard to actually have a conversation with the people you love and map out your personal beliefs and wishes. Come learn about the local picture and resources.  

VBSR Southern Vermont Chapter Meeting (Vermont Business for Social Responsibility) Cost: Free and Open to VBSR members and friends. March 11  5:30 pm

Topic:  Advance Care Planning for you and your company – a.k.a. “don’t spoil the ending”  

Wednesday Mar 11th, 2015  Time: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM    Location: Marlboro Graduate Center Address: 28 Vernon St, Brattleboro, VT 05301

What does Advance Care Planning have to do with being a socially responsible business? Why should you and every other adult in your life have a completed and registered advance care directive? How can you align your medical care with your values? Come learn the nuts and bolts of proactive conversation and documentation in case of unexpected accident or illness.  Please RSVP if you are attending.  Contact C.S. Wurzberger CS@TheGreenUpGirl to RSVP

For More Info: Contact C.S. Wurzberger at CS@TheGreenUpGirl

November 3, 2014   sponsored by Putney Cares :  Death Matters- WHY you need an Advance Care Directive  7pm at the Putney Library

In case of a serious illness or accident how will your wishes be known?  Learn how an advance care directive can help you and your loved ones in a medical crisis. Understand the key elements you need to have documented.

Whether you’re contemplating Advance Care Planning for yourself or for an aging loved one, this discussion will get you started. Take home handouts that will guide your next actions steps and provide additional resources. All are welcome!

November 9, 2014   Advance Care Directives – Getting Unstuck.

Adult Forum at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Brattleboro, VT  9 a.m.

You know it’s important – and you have been planning to complete your advance care directive but …Where have you gotten stuck?   Or do you have a completed directive which you haven’t looked at in years? An advance care directive is a living document that should be revised as your circumstances change.

Come talk about it and help one another move forward on this difficult but crucial task. Come to the forum with your questions.

November 17, 2014  6pm – 8pm  Advance Care Planning, Digging into the Details and Getting it DONE!

In a medical crisis, the decisions confronting you can be overwhelming. Learn ahead of time what the possibilities are. Get familiar with the range of terms, (e.g. Proxy, COLST, DNR, HCP, Code Status, Quality of Life, Heroic Measures, Palliative Care) and their consequences. This interactive workshop will help you understand your choices and align them with your values and wishes; learn how to discuss and record them. Presented by Joanna Rueter, LICSW and Lisa Ahbel, RN.

The time to complete this action is now!

Location: Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Drew Barry Room

Sponsored by Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Wellness Series and Brattleboro Hospice.

 Sept 29, 2014  6pm – 8pm    Advance Care Planning – The Basics

Click here for the flyer

Modern medical advances often complicate end-of-life decisions. Learn how an advance care directive can help you and your loved ones in a medical crisis. Understand the key elements you need to have documented. Presented by Joanna Rueter, LICSW and Lisa Ahbel, RN

Whether you’re contemplating Advance Care Planning for yourself or for an aging loved one, this interactive workshop will teach you what you need to know to get started.  Take home handouts that will guide your next actions steps and provide additional resources. All are welcome!

Location: Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Drew Barry Room

Sponsored by Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Wellness Series and Brattleboro Hospice.

 

June 28 & 29, 2014   Facilitator Training for Advance Care Planning

Limited to five participants, this course is designed for individuals to facilitate conversations that lead others to completed advance care directives. Completion of course results in certification with Respecting Choices.®  downloadable flier below.

Learn how to help people:

  • Explore their end-of-life hopes and wishes,
  • Use the successful Respecting Choices model of Advance Care Planning.

*For an immediate sense of how this works watch the inspiring four-­‐minute CBS News story about the Respecting Choices® model

Completion of this in-person training results in certification as a Respecting Choices ® Advance Care Planning Facilitator.

Location: Brattleboro Area Hospice. 120 Canal Street Brattleboro, VT 0530 Time: Saturday and Sunday afternoon June 28 and 29, 12:30 to 5pm.

Prerequisites:

  1. A personal interview with instructor regarding your interest.
  2. Understanding of Advance Care Planning as a means of caring well for loved ones.
  3. Completion of the Respecting Choices® online training by June 27t. . The online training takes about 8 hours in total. We will help you enroll.

Fee: The online training is $110. This includes materials for the local class. There are no other charges. Some scholarships available.

Instructor: Joanna Rueter, MSW, LICSW, Certified Advance Care Planning Facilitator and Instructor. Founder of Sustainable Aging ®, LLC

Call Joanna at 802-380-0301 for more information.

If you are interested in taking this training at a different time, please contact Joanna.

Click here to download flyer:  Facilitator Training June 2014