Planning for Incapacity: Advance Directives & Other Strategies with Niel Rosen
September 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm| Free
Join Niel Rosen for his presentation on how decisions about your medical care can be made when you are unable to decide for yourself. He will begin with important general information to provide a framework for understanding advance care planning. In particular, Niel will discuss the trajectories associated with common terminal conditions, distinctions among medical interventions, and protocols that guide the decisions made by others when patients cannot make their own decisions. He will then take up ways of planning for incapacity, including powers of attorney for healthcare, living wills and medical orders using the POLST paradigm. Niel will conclude by emphasizing the role of education in advance care planning. On the one hand, clinicians educate patients and proxies/agents about medical conditions and how the condition is likely to unfold (diagnosis and prognosis). On the other hand, patients educate clinicians as well as proxies/agents about what matters most to them, including their hopes, fears, and values. There will, of course, be ample time for questions.
Niel Rosen is a practicing attorney who focuses on advance care planning and other aspects of elder law, including the preparation of wills. He brings years of experience as a professor of medical ethics and professionalism to both his legal practice and his work as an advance care planning consultant. His volunteer activities range from being a hospice volunteer to serving on Iona’s Practice and Ethics Advisory Committee. Niel is also an experienced meditator and a teacher at the Center for Mindful Living. He guides a meditation every Monday evening at 5:30pm. You can join him there on zoom.
Please register below. You will receive a Zoom link to this program the morning of the program.