Prepare for medical decisions, choices now

Jan Hegman, CFNP

Advance Care Planning is a process that helps a person think about, talk about, and write down his or her choices for future health care decisions.

It is important for all adults to have a health care directive—a written plan for loved ones and health care providers to follow—so that their wishes are known if a time comes when they cannot speak for themselves. A health care directive helps prepare for the unexpected by outlining values and priorities for future medical treatment and identifies a health care agent.

To learn more, attend a one-hour class called Advance Care Planning 101 for people of all ages on Wed., Nov. 6, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in conference room E/F in the Support Services wing of Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin.

Jan Hegman, Riverwood nurse practitioner and oncology care coordinator, will present an overview of how to share wishes for medical care with family and friends, how to choose a health care agent and how to prepare a health care directive.

A free light lunch is included in the program. Registration is required. Call Riverwood’s events line at (218) 927-5188 or email