Health Link

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Advanced Care Planning

Advance directives are documents that allow you to specify what kind of treatment you want or don't want when faced with a medical crisis. Unfortunately, they are not widely utilized. In this episode of 'Health Link' we examine advance directives. From designating a health care proxy to dealing with family members; find out how to best communicate your health care wishes and protect your rights.

Guests

Wayne Sjelton, PhD, MSW
Dr. Shelton is a bio-ethicist, author, and professor of medicine at Albany Medical College.  Dr. Shelton also serves as a consultant at Alden March Bioethics Institute.

Alicia Saure
Alicia Saure has worked for over 15 years as a community advocate for historically underserved populations in the Capital Region. For the past ten years Alicia has worked in the role of Community Outreach Liaison at Community Hospice.  Developing and implementing educational programs that identify and address barriers to improve access to Hospice care for populations experiencing health disparities.  She works with area community and faith based organizations in providing training and partnerships centered in advocacy for end of life and bereavement care.


Rev. Valerie F. Faust                          
Rev. Valerie Faithe Faust is the Founder and Senior Pastor of Rhema Power Ministries, a Non-Denomination church that opened its doors in 1996 in Albany, NY.  Rev. Faust was an Associate Minister and a Youth Pastor at two Albany area churches before being called to open RPM. 

Joanne Porter, MD
Dr. Joanne Porter is a pediatric oncologist and Co-Section Head, Division of Hematology/Oncology for the Albany Medical Center Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Group.

Related Resources

• A toolkit about aging from the American Bar Association.

• Information from the American Hospital Association about 'putting it in writing.'

Compassion and Support

• Information from MedlinePlus about advance directives.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization – Caring Connections

• Information from the New York State Health Department about patient rights.

U.S. Living Will Registry

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