National Health Care Decision Day 2017

NHDD takes place annually, the week of April 16. GMOL and its partners celebrate NHDD with communities throughout Alameda County. In 2017, we celebrated “Decision Day” at community cafés located in three different cities within Alameda County. “Come and get yourself a free coffee” while being able to engage in a “conversation” about health care choices and complete an advance directive!

What you can do at the event:

  1. Meet new people, get to know one another and share your stories/thoughts as much or less as you wish;
  2. Play the fun Heart to Heart game/the Go Wish card game and acknowledge/prioritize your wants and needs;
  3. Learn about advance care planning from professionals who can answer your questions;
  4. Complete an Advance Directive to document the care you wish to get.

We had fun. A wide ethnic mix of attendees including Asian, Pilipino, Hispanic, African American, and white with a median age of 41 participated in NHDD this year at Suju’s Café and Tea in Fremont, at the Eon Coffee Shop in Hayward and at the 1951 Café in Berkeley.  All together 18 People completed their Advance Directives (AD), and Comfort Homesake distributed the wallet card to those who completed their AD.


Reflections


National Health Care Decision Day, Previous Years

2016

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

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!

2015

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.

Consider

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.

Communicate

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.

Document

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: www.eastbayacp.org.

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.

2014

FriendsThe 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 guests; talk with an elder attorney; estate planner; find out about the Medicare and Medi-Cal hospice benefit; and more.

The “Life of Stories” Program will include music by the Threshold Choir; The Crooner by the Bay; dance performance by Soulciety and feature a must-see presentation by Ise Lyfe.

EVENT SPONSORS: Alameda County Health Care Services Agency; Sutter Home Health & Hospice; Kaiser Permanente; Comfort Homesake; Agesong; Hospice By the Bay; Hospice Providers Coalition.

ENDORSEMENTS: Alameda County: Behavioral Health Care Services; Area Agency on Aging; Alameda Alliance; United Seniors; City of Oakland Seniors and Grandparent Program.

Register for FREE tickets at http://ow.ly/uJ6HU.

For more details, email alameda.gmol@gmail.com

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