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Having your wishes met at the end of life

Marla had watched her mother and grandmother slowly waste away in the final years of their lives and had cared for them in the late stages of dementia when they were unable to care for themselves. The one thing she swore she did not want to happen to her was to have her life prolonged by tube feeding, something that other families members had insisted on for Mom.

'When that time comes for me, I don't want a feeding tube,' Marla told her husband. 'If I lose my ability to eat, that's okay. Just let me go.'

Marla and her husband, Dave, decided to put their wishes on paper, in what is known throughout the country as an Advance Directive. In Oregon, it is an easy process.

There will be a free one-hour presentation on Advance Directives and an opportunity to fill out forms for anyone interested in learning more.

The seminar will be from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, at 300 Main Street in Estacada.

The public is invited to learn about how Advance Directives can help in decision making and in appointing a medical representative who can speak for you if you are unable to speak for yourself.

In Oregon, no attorney is required to create a legally binding document, and notarization is not needed. Find out just how easy it is to get your health care wishes met at this free session.

Contact Nancy Hoffman at Mt. Hood Hospice, 503-668-5545, for more information.