Dealing with a Serious Illness - What You Need to Know

April 6, 2020

The League of Women Voters of Schenectady will present a panel discussion of information you would wish to have, should you or a loved one face a serious illness.  

When:  April 6 at 6-7:30pm 

Where:  McChesney Room of the Karen B. Johnson Public Library, 99 Clinton Street, Schenectady

Speakers: Dr George Giokas, Palliative Care Partners; Gwen Bondi, President and CEO of Advance  Care Planning Consulting Services; Cathryn Bern-Smith, Manager of Schenectady County Senior and Long Term Care Services; Del B. Salmon, Attorney 

The panel discussion will cover:

  • How to speak with your doctor to best understand treatment options and prognosis
  • How to communicate what is important to you, how to make  sure your wishes are understood and followed by medical caregivers and family
  • Differences  between traditional illness care, Palliative, and Hospice Care
  • Resources available in the community, what gaps exist, what insurance typically covers
  • Legal steps you can take  when healthy, to assure that your wishes are known and how to name a designated person can act for you, if you are not able.

 Join us for this important discussion.

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