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National Healthcare Decision Day 2018

April 16th, 2018 is National Healthcare Decision Day (NHDD). An initiative of the Conversation Project, it is a day meant for considering and openly discussing the importance of advance care planning and healthcare decision making.

National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. NHDD is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be. —

Advance care planning is making decisions about the care you would want to receive if you become unable to speak for yourself. These are your decisions to make, regardless of what you choose for your care, and the decisions are based on your personal values, preferences, and discussions with your loved ones. –

Click here for additional resources and information on advance care.

To help prepare our patrons for NHDD, the library is hosting several events throughout the month of April.

Wednesday, 4/11 @ 7pm:
Advanced Directive Panel Discussion

Come learn about advance care planning and why it is important from this panel of experts.

The panel will include:

  • Beth Jameson, nurse
  • Carl Archer, attorney
  • Michael Angrosino, member of the clergy

Bring your questions!  Registration is requested but not required. Register here!

Saturday, 4/14 @ 11am: Second Saturday Book Club – Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

Join us for a discussion of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande. New members always welcome!


Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Gawande asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.


Limited copies available at the Reference Desk.


Monday, 4/23 @ 7pm: Estate Planning

Learn everything you need to know about estate planning from nationally-recognized estate planning and elder law attorney, Victor J. Medina.

Registration is requested but not required. Register here!




Wednesday, 4/25 @ 3pm: Go Wish – Cards and Conversation

Come play the card game Go Wish, a game that helps participants prioritize their end-of-life wishes.  Tracy Grafton, Counselor at JFK Haven Hospice, will be on hand to facilitate.  Light refreshments will be served.

Registration is requested but not required. Register here!

Mortality is always a distressing thing to talk about. Hopefully, these programs will help guide you in making the best healthcare and advance care decisions for you. Thanks for reading!

-George, FTPL

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