Lakewood, N.J. – According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 70 percent
of Americans do not have an advanced care plan. There are many things
in life that are out of our hands, but our wishes about advanced healthcare
treatment are not. In order to raise awareness for advanced care planning,
Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus will present
Five Wishes, on Friday, October 7 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Ocean County Library’s
Manchester Branch, located at 21 Colonial Drive in Manchester.
Led by Claire Verruni, RN, an expert in palliative and hospice care at
Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus, attendees will learn about the
importance of advanced care planning and the Five Wishes document. An
easy to complete form, the document allows individuals to specify exactly
what kind of health measures they want taken down the road and can help
family members and loved ones make important decisions. Once the form
is filled out and properly signed, it is valid under the laws of most states.
The program is free, and registration is required by calling 732-657-7600.