Is there ever a good time to talk about serious illness and medical crises? Or, what kind of care you'd want through the end of your life? Yes. And that time is now.
Beginning in March, the Township of Teaneck, Holy Name Medical Center and Age–Friendly Teaneck (AFCI) will present a series of Conversation of Your Life events where we'll talk about:
Your life: What gives you joy, pleasure and meaning – and how that meshes with deciding about the care you'd want if you faced a life–limiting illness.
Good communication: Talking about your preferences with your loved ones and your health care providers.
Advance care planning: Documenting your wishes and designating someone close to you who understands them and can speak for you if you can't speak for yourself.
Admission to all events is free. Conversation of Your Life is an initiative of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute's Mayors Wellness Campaign. More information is available at their website, www.njhcqi.org/COYL.