Healthy "U" June Newsletter
Make Time to Have the Conversation
by Sharon K. Smith M.A.'09, C'05, Benefits Manager
Life can be crazy--stresses, busyness, home/family needs, work responsibilities. It's hard-even impossible-to accomplish all we need to in a day, much less the things we want to do. When you're making your to-do list, or filling in your schedule, or setting your priorities, make sure to put You in your planning. What do you need to do for yourself both short-term and long-term? It's important to take care of yourself and not feel that focusing on your own health, attitude, and future is being selfish or taking time from other 'more important' things. This summer, take the time to think about what you need to be there for yourself and those important people in your life.
When we take the time to think about things to do for our well-being, lots of things come to mind--eat a more healthy diet (and maybe a bit less), get more exercise, stretch our minds, spend time with family, have some fun, connect with friends, etc.
Here's a different, and probably unexpected, idea. Make a deliberate plan to think about and complete your advance care planning decisions. This is a gift you give to yourself and to your family members. Share your decisions with those who will be in the position of making determinations for you if you're unable to do so for yourself. Explain what’s important to you and why. Initiate this decision-making conversation with your parents or other family members/friends for whom you may be the one making the determinations. It may be a difficult conversation to have, but it is so very worth it and is vitally important.
We're fortunate to have help and support here for this. Frederick Memorial Hospital has an Advance Care Planning Initiative. This initiative involves coordinating with many community-based organizations, assisted living facilities, faith-based communities, and primary care practices; holding workshops and discussions for the community, and providing opportunities for personal conversations and assistance with completing directives. More information about the FMH initiative is available at the FMH website.
Having the conversations, getting started, is the hardest part. Getting it on paper, continuing the talks, is much easier. The Conversation Project, a component of the FMH initiative, is a national campaign to encourage people to talk to each other about what's important to them, what they want during the last phase of their lives. Information about this is available by clicking here.
If you're interested in a free and interactive workshop about palliative care, hospice care, and advance directives, plan to attend Making Tough Choices on Wednesday, June 28. More detailed information, including how to pre-register, is available in the attached flyer. If you’re interested in a personal meeting and help with completing your directives, please contact:
Michelle Ross, LGSW
Advance Care Planning Social Worker
Frederick Memorial Hospital
400 West Seventh Street Frederick, MD 21701
240-651-4541 In-House Ext. 2579
As it says on the FMH Advance Care Planning Site,
It always seems too early, until it's too late. When it comes to end of life care, one conversation can make all the difference.
Do it for yourself and your family. It's a greater gift than you could ever imagine.
Monocacy Health Partners Presents: Making Tough Choices
This free educational workshop about Palliative Care, Hospice Care and Advance Directives will be held Wednesday, June 28, 4:30-6:30 p.m. For more information and to register please see the attached flyer.
Mindfulness Meditation and Relaxation
Watch for the schedule this fall.
Weekly Chapel Services
Chapel services will resume in the fall.
Sol Yoga sessions will continue in the fall.