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Empowered Aging Monthly Speakers Series – “Let’s Start the Conversation”

DATE & TIME

Tue, Aug 13 2:00 PM

ADDRESS (map)

1332 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara, 93101

VENUE (website)

University Club

August Program – ‘Let’s Start the Conversation’

It may be uncomfortable to discuss Advance Health Care Planning and talk about your wishes when it comes to health care services or end-of-life.  In this interactive presentation, Jeanne M. West, Community Engagement Manager, Hospice of Santa Barbara, will walk us through why ‘talking’ matters.  She will motivate us to think about and openly discuss the care and support that matters to us right now, as well as at

end-of-life.  Personal life stories are used throughout the presentation making this ‘taboo’ subject clear, understandable and real.

Jeanne M. West is a Registered Nurse with a Master’s Degree in Health Administration.  Her passion has been her work in long term care over the thirty-five years that she has lived in Santa Barbara.  Prior to her work at Hospice of Santa Barbara, she was the Enrollment Coordinator for DASH from 2012 to 2018.

Topics to be covered include: importance of early and repeated conversations with chosen “agent”, determining that the person is willing and able to accept responsibility and follow your wishes; strategies for self-inquiry—-what quality of life means to you; and, knowledge that personal values influence decisions about how we receive health information, our daily decision-making and the role of one’s agent in time of crisis.

Community Partners in Caring is a 21-year old agency designed to help seniors live independently while maintaining dignity, respect and quality of life.  Joni Meisel, member of the South County Advisory Council of Community Partners in Caring, says “The Empowered Aging Speakers Series continues to be a stimulating and valuable addition to our local community  We are delighted that this signature program is being continued by Community Partners in Caring and the University Club of Santa Barbara.”

The Empowered Aging Speakers Series takes place on the second Tuesday of each month (except December) at the University Club of Santa Barbara, and is free and open to the public.  Please join us Tuesday, August 13th for this month’s presentation ‘Let’s Start the Conversation’. Please RSVP by Monday, August 12th, to Elizabeth Franco, Community Partners in Caring at (805) 729-5038 or elizabeth@partnersincaring.org

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