St Ninian’s Uniting Church
Social Action Group
Wednesdays 8th and 15th June, 2011
Senior Years: Be Prepared
at St Ninian’s Uniting Church
Cnr Mouat & Brigalow Sts, LYNEHAM
COME ALONG AND FIND OUT WHAT YOU CAN DO TO ENSURE THAT YOUR SENIOR YEARS CAN BE SPENT SAFE AND FREE FROM UNNECESSARY WORRY. YOU ARE MOST WELCOME TO COME TO ONE OR BOTH SEMINARS
There will be time for questions and
discussion following each speaker.
For further information contact:
Judith Shaw 6251 2272 or email email@example.com,
Marion McConnell 6254 2961 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
DAY ONE - 8th June, 2011
Health and End of Life Issues
Speaker Emma Awizen,Respecting Patient Choices, ACT Health
Topic Right Care, Right Time
Summary -The Respecting Patient Choices program is an advance care planning program that commenced as a pilot project at The Canberra Hospital in 2006. The primary objective of the program is to implement an advance care planning process, enabling individuals to discuss and document decisions about future health care for a time when they are unable to participate in their medical decisions. If choices about future health care are known, they can be respected.
Speaker: Bryan Furnass (Rtd), Former Director of the ANU Health Service. Current Interests - health of the natural environment, human survival, health and wellbeing, infectious diseases, nutrition, sustainability and "when we die".
Topic: Dying, death, and return to the biosphere – a reality check of our life cycle
Summary: Life has been described as a sexually transmitted disease with a 100% mortality rate – a reality that is often denied, particularly in our younger years. Public health measures and advances in medical care have increased our life expectancy at birth from 60 to over 80 during the past century, increasing pressures on hospitals and nursing homes.
As we grow older, he maintains that we should concentrate more on quality rather than quantity of life, make our will and "living will", allocate power of attorney and advocate minimalist medical intervention when suffering from a serious illness or injury with small chance of good recovery.
Most people prefer to die at home under the care of a palliative care nurse or in a hospice rather than in the alien environment of a hospital, where medical intervention may extend the quantity of life while decreasing its quality.
Before death we should discuss with our family our choice for corpse disposal, between "bury, burn or compost". Cremation (ecologically poor but space-efficient) is the choice of 70 per cent of Canberrans, about 20 per cent preferring traditional (space occupying) deep burial, and around 10 per cent opting for a shallow "natural burial" amongst a glade of trees, proposed for the new south side cemetery near Mugga Lane
DAY TWO - 15th June
Legal Housing and Safety Issues
Speaker: Heather Cox, Trust Officer, Public Trustee for the ACT
Topic: Wills, Enduring Power of Attorney and Roles of the Public Trustee for the ACT.
Summary: The Public Trustee for the ACT (PTACT) is an independent self-funding ACT statutory authority established to provide trustee services to ACT Government and the community.
It is the government’s wish that every citizen in the community takes responsibility for making plans in the event of their death or disability. Our community is undergoing some unique changes. We continue to enjoy Australia’s highest life expectancy and lowest death rate and our median age at death is higher. Added to that, our birth rate is the lowest. Our community is ageing at a rapid rate.
Against this backdrop, the Public Trustee for the ACT plays a significant and valued role, particularly in the lives of older and more vulnerable persons.
The Public Trustee encourages everyone over the age of 18 to plan appropriately for their future by preparing an Enduring Power of Attorney and an up-to-date Will.
Speaker: Helen Taylor, Housing Options Adviser, Council on the Ageing
Topic: Housing issues for the over 50s
Summary: Housing options for the over 50s can raise a range of issues such as:
Housing Options Advisor can assist in providing a range of solutions.
Speaker: Helen Judd, Seniors Liaison Officer, Crime Prevention ACT Policing
Topic: Home and Personal Safety
Summary: Seniors Liaison Officer works with older people in the ACT. Part of the role involves addressing any concerns that older people in the ACT may have relating to ACT Policing matters and ensuring that they are dealt with. Home and personal safety is a big issue with older people. The officers attending the seminar have a range of information to distribute to the participants.