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Visiting Nurses Association Presents Advance Directive Workshops

Sonora, CA — The recent Terry Shiavo case in Florida has spawned many questions about advance directives.

An advance directive tells your doctor what kind of care you would like to have if you become unable to make medical decisions (if you are in a coma for example, or if you have an illness or injury from which you are unlikely to recover which prevents you from making decisions about your health care ). Laws governing Advance Directives differ from state to state.

Following the Terry Shiavo case, the local Visiting Nurse Association Hospice has reportedly received several requests from community members for advice explaining the types of directives available and how to obtain them. In response, the VNA medical social workers are planning a series of workshops throughout Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties in the next few weeks.

The first session will be at the San Andreas senior center tomorrow morning at 9:30. Another workshop is planned for a week from tomorrow at Foothill village in Angels Camp.

The sessions are open to the public and people of all ages are encouraged to attend. Anyone with questions can call the VNA-Hospice in Sonora.