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Program offered in Darien on advance directives

Published 10:40 am, Monday, April 1, 2013
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To mark National Healthcare Decisions Day, Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County will present a program on advance directives at 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, at the Darien Senior Center, 30 Edgerton St.

The program will be conducted by Darien residen, Dede Locke, a hospice and palliative care nurse with Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. Participants will learn about Connecticut's advance directives law, how to communicate their wishes to friends, family and medical providers, how to appoint a health-care representative and how to go about completing their own advance directive.

"An advance directive is a written legal document listing who you wish to make medical decisions for you if you are ever unable to speak for yourself," said Locke. "It can also list what treatments you would, or would not, want at that time. Individuals feel empowered when they learn that they have choices about the type of care they will receive, and that their wishes will be honored even if they can no longer voice those wishes."

The program is free. Lunch is available prior to the program for a nominal fee.

For information or to register, call 203-656-7455.