Tufts Medicine Care at Home Offers Free ‘Five Wishes’ Workshop Wednesday in North Andover

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Tufts Medicine Care at Home is offering a free healthcare planning workshop that teaches participants to better communicate with medical professionals, caregivers and family members near the end of life.

The workshop, called “Five Wishes: Being the Best Health Advocate for Yourself and Your Family,” takes place Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 6-8 p.m., at St. Michael’s Parish, 196 Main St., in North Andover.

The program comes in 30 languages, has an easy-to-use platform and has been used by more than 40 million people nationwide. Along with learning how to speak about end-of-life care, attendees may also broach topics like how to select a healthcare agent, funeral planning, getting the document witnessed and who should receive copies. Workshop leader and Tufts Medicine Care at Home Manager of Hospice Bereavement Services and Community Education/Outreach Susan Toleos further explained why Five Wishes is an important event.

“No one wants to think about an illness, or an accident or possibly developing dementia, but we are all vulnerable to a catastrophic event that will prevent us from being able to make our own healthcare decisions,” Toleos said. “So many of us fear anxiety from unpleasant conversations, while in reality, the act of preparing for death can actually minimize anguish for ourselves and loved ones.”

The Five Wishes workshop is free and open to the public, with registration required by calling 978-552-4510. For more information, visit merrimackvalleyhospice.org.

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