Advance Care Planning Webinar Series

3 consecutive Tuesdays: 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 4-5:30pm.  Participants can register for one, two or all three sessions.

Hosted by Hospicare & Palliative Care Services, The Cancer Resource Center and Cortland Free Library    

Join us for this webinar series to take a “deep dive” into important aspects of planning for the future and end-of-life. Panelists will include Dr. Lucia Jander and members of Hospicare’s interdisciplinary team as well as experts in financial planning and estates.   

  • What life sustaining treatments would you want in the event of a medical crisis?  
  • How would you like to be remembered after you are gone?  
  • How can your communication, medical, and financial plans support your loved ones in the future?   

Register online or by calling 607-272-0212. Contact Sara Worden at sworden@hospicare.org with questions.   

Each session will include a presentation and a live Q&A session. Event is free, open to the public, and will be on Zoom. Registration is required. Details about signing on to Zoom will be provided after registration. Registrants will receive an email with printable hand out and links to the documents before each webinar. Printed copies can be mailed upon request.  

The webinar series is a partnership between Hospicare & Palliative Care Services, the Bem Endowment at Hospicare, and the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute. With additional support from the Community Foundation of Tompkins County and the Funeral Consumer Alliance of the Finger Lakes. 

SESSION DESCRIPTIONS 

  • September 22: Health Care Planning and End-of-Life Planning: In this introductory session we will highlight the importance and foundations of advance planning as related to health care.   
  • Participants will gain a familiarity with health care documents, including the Health Care Proxy and MOLST forms. Discussion will also cover other aspects of end-of-life planning, including writing your obituary, planning your funeral, and making decisions about organ or body donation.
  • Panelists: Dr. Lucia Jander, Hospicare Medical Director; Edna Brown, Hospicare social worker; and Angela Mennitto, a member of Funeral Consumer Alliance of the Finger Lakes. 
      
  • September 29:  Estate and Financial Planning: Learn about wills and trusts and how a little work now will benefit you and your loved ones in the future.   
  • Participants will learn more about what to consider when creating a will and how to go about the process (hint: it can be free!). Discover ways to structure your finances to ensure your comfort in retirement and meet your long-term goals, including taking care of your family, distributing heirlooms, and defining and creating your legacy. 
  • Panelists: Marshall McCormick, local financial planner; Mariette Geldenhuys, estate attorney; George Ferrari, CEO of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County 

  • October 6: How to make Tough Decisions and Have the ConversationsIn this session, we will discuss how to start the conversation with your families, what to discuss, and how to support loved ones who need to be thinking about these things  
  • Bring your questions and concerns about how to have these conversations with your loved ones.  
  • Conversation will be facilitated by Laura Ward, Hospicare’s Manager of Psychosocial Services and Edna Brown, Hospicare Social Worker.
     

***The first two sessions will be a webinar format (participants will not have video on) and will be recorded and available afterwards for viewing. The final session will be a Zoom meeting, participants can join with or without video and the session will not be recorded.   

The material and information presented in this webinar series is for general purposes only. You should not rely solely on the information presented in this webinar for making business, health, financial, legal or other decisions. Please consult with your medical provider and financial advisor and/or attorney as needed.  

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