Thought for the Day

Dear Readers,

I am sharing a thought I read in a story written by Alexander McCall Smith called Emma. “ …it has been the summer during which moral insight came to her – something that may happen to all of us, if it happens at all, at very different stages in our lives. This had happened because she had been able to make that sudden imaginative leap that lies at the heart of our moral lives: the ability to see, even for a brief moment, the world as it is seen by the other person. It is this understanding that lies behind all kindness to others, all attempts to ameliorate the situation of those who suffer, all those acts of charity by which we make our lives something more than the pursuit of the goals of the unruly ego.”


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National Health Care Decision Day 2016

2016 Results

Signed in 158
Completed Eval Forms 66

Nothing but fun in the sun, great food, and family time at this years event.

Everyone came out to join the CONVERSATION

Oakland’s very own diverse crowd came out to join the conversation.

Folks from a few weeks old to over 80…

The children were at the center and keeping busy with play while adults played games and consulted with healthcare professionals about quality of life issues and learned about treatment/care/financial options. It was really a nice community-building event. Thanks to all who attended and whether you attended or not…hope to see you next year!

The sentiment is all that we hoped for in creating community space in which to  talk about our lives, our health, our wishes.  Here are the numbers:

We had 158 people sign in with 66 people completing the evaluation forms. In addition, we had 25 people as  volunteers and or vendors attend.   There were 4 advance directives completed with our notary and 1 completed with two witnesses. During registration we asked everyone if they had an advance directive. Participants got raffle tickets if they completed the NHDD Event evaluation form.  We will have the results of that data collection next month.

Thank you for joining us!!

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Conversation Village – April 16, 2015 – National Healthcare Decisions Day

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National Health Care Decisions Day


On National Health Care Decisions Day, April 16th, 2015, 10am-3pm, Alameda County invites you to visit Conversation Village—a place where you can consider, communicate and document your health care wishes. Advance care planning is important regardless of age. In the Village, erected in Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza, you can talk about health care resources, hear stories about what matters to people or complete your own advanced directives. The National Health Care Decisions Day initiative exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.



End of life care is something we all face, yet too many people are dying in a way they wouldn’t choose, leaving loved ones feeling burdened, guilty and uncertain. Many of us fail to have “the conversation” before treatment decisions must be made. By having and documenting “the conversation” we can assure that our treatment preferences are known, our loved ones empowered to act on our behalf, and our caregivers are free to provide care in the most effective and compassionate manner possible.



This conversation is hard to have. But death touches each of us and unless we muster the courage to discuss it with our loved ones, someone else will end up in the driver’s seat. Or our loved ones will have to guess at what type of medical intervention we would or would not want at the end.



Come on out and stroll through Conversation Village: journey down Conversation Lane, where coaches will be there to guide you, meditate under the juniper tree in Contemplation Corner, record meaningful stories under the Tent of Tales, collect gems on Resource Row from community providers who offer compassionate, effective care for elders and those with life limiting illness.


What matters to you the most?

Tell your loved ones what you want. Ask them to honor your wishes when the time comes. Invite them to think about their own wishes, then document without delay. Empower yourself to make decisions in advance. Don’t worry that you’re being grim or depressing or morbid. You’re being smart and courageous and responsible. You’re being honest and clear and forward-thinking. Let us know if you need guidance:

Getting the Most Out of Life: 510.667.7415, East Bay Conversation Project:


We will fill city hall with our stories, our choices and our voices. Medical care is a personal choice and a right. If you do not make your medical choices known, someone else will have to make them for you.


Your decisions matter. Your stories matter. Your signature matters.


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The Conversation Campaign’s National Healthcare Decisions Day “Life of Stories” Program & EXPO

The free EXPO is a network of organizations serving the public to make your advanced health care wishes known. Receive free Advance Health Care Directives and POLST forms to first 350 guest; talk with an elder attorney; estate planner; find out about the Medicare and Medi-Cal hospice benefit; and more.

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What is Advance Care Planning?

Advance care planning is not just for seniors. A medical crisis can strike at any time rendering the patient unable to make his own medical decisions. It is best, when able and healthy, to plan ahead so that you receive the medical attention you desire in the future, even if physicians,family and friends make those decisions for you.

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The Conversation

The Conversation

By the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency

A “senior tsunami” threatens to overwhelm the healthcare system. Baby-boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, will create an unprecedented demand for palliative and end-of-life care services over the next 30-40 years. Many professionals say it is happening now. Neither the private nor public sector has the capacity to cope.

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