By Cozette Eldridge, Field Representative
Do you have a living will? According to a recent poll, as many as 64% of baby boomers, including those of retirement age do not have a living will. I am retired and considered a baby boomer, and I am one of the 64% who haven’t made out a living will, although I have the paperwork for a living will sitting on my desk, gathering dust. Don’t confuse a living will with a living trust. A living will or advanced directive is a legal document that states what kind of medical intervention we would want if we become incapacitated and are not able to verbalize our wishes. In addition, a health care proxy or health care power of attorney allows us to designate someone to make end-of-life decision for us, if we are unable to speak for ourselves. Most baby boomers are focused on being healthy and don’t want to think about death and dying. No one wants to imagine lying in a hospital bed close to death and not being able to tell his or her doctor what to do.
If you were lying in a hospital in a coma because of an automobile accident, would you like the medical team to do whatever is necessary to keep you alive, even if you would be in a vegetative state? Would you want to be kept alive on a breathing machine? Or would you prefer not to be resuscitated if it would diminish your quality of life? Most people have an opinion about what choices they would make in these situations. Until we take the time to write it down, our wishes may not be followed. Both the living will and the health care power of attorney should be completed and placed on file at your local hospital. Our local hospital has blank forms. Make sure you let your proxy know you want to designate them and let them know what your desires are. No one likes the think of dying. But, even worse than dying is not having control over the process. If we don’t make the decision and let our views known, the hospital or medical personnel will make the decisions for us.
I’m filling out the forms ASAP and getting them filed in the hospital. I will also give copies to the person I choose to be my health care power of attorney in case I’m out of state if something happens.
SENIOR CENTER LUNCH MENU
JULY 1 – JULY 5
MON. Lemon Baked Tilapia, Peas, Brown Rice, Salad, Bread, Fresh Fruit
TUES. Salisbury Steak, Onions/Gravy/Noodles, Mixed Vegetables, Fruit
WED. Chicken Tenders, Potato Wedges, Salad, Carrot/Raisin Salad, Bread, Banana
THURS. CLOSED FOR 4TH OF JULY
FRI. Chicken Cordon Bleu, Potatoes, 3 Bean Salad, Vegetables, Fruit, Dessert