February 24, 2020
Pierce County Annex Main Meeting Room
2401 S. 35th Street
Tacoma, WA 98409
Five Wishes That Cannot Be Ignored
Monday, February 24, 2020
Life is fragile and the unexpected can happen any day. One only has to read the daily newspaper or tune into the news to see that. When it comes to health care, preparing for the unexpected is more than important regardless of age - it’s essential. “Five Wishes” is more than just a document. Five Wishes is a complete approach to discussing and documenting individual care and comfort choices. It's about connecting families, communicating with healthcare providers, and showing what it means to care for one another. Participants will receive the "Five Wishes" book and supplementary materials.
Thinking ahead is always important. Whether driving down the street, planting a garden, hosting a party or organizing for natural disasters, preparation is essential. The same can be said of our health care. Even though we hope for the best, we still plan for the worst. Getting ready for those “what if’s” makes sense.
Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources, in collaboration with Fir Lane Memorial Park, will host three presentations of “Five Wishes” during February. “Five Wishes,” America’s most popular living will, is changing the way people talk about, and plan for, care at the end of life. More than 18 million copies of Five Wishes are in circulation across the nation, distributed by countless community organizations and faith communities. This document meets the legal requirements in most states, including Washington.
“We go to the doctor when we have a problem,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources. “With “Five Wishes,” we focus on our needs before the problem arises. In the midst of a crisis or when we are unable to speak is not the time to wonder how someone wants to be treated – both short-term and long-term. This program is one of the best at helping us think through some very serious concerns.”
The “Five Wishes” presentations will explore each of the wishes and help participants understand the meaning and consequences of each wish. The wishes touch on personal, medical, emotional, family and spiritual concerns that might arise from an accident or serious illness or even end of life issues. Presentations will be held:
? Feb 24 – 12:00 noon at the Pierce County Annex, Main Meeting Rm., 2401 S. 35th St., Tacoma
? Feb 24 – 6:30 p.m. at the Graham Branch Library, 9202 224th St. E., Graham
? Feb 16 – 6:30 p.m. at Fir Lane Memorial Park, 924 East 176th Street, Spanaway
The presentations are free and no RSVP is required. Each attendee will receive a complimentary copy of the “Five Wishes” book as well as valuable supplementary materials.
The “Five Wishes” book is written in everyday language and helps people express their wishes in areas that matter most — the personal and spiritual in addition to the medical and legal. It also helps you describe what good care means, whether someone is seriously ill or not. It allows family members and caregivers to know exactly what you want.
Anyone of any age can attend. No RSVP is required. For more information about the presentations, call the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center at 253-798-4600 or (800) 562-0332.
Please note: In case of inclement weather, call 253-798-8787 for possible postponement or cancellation.