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Originally published in The Weekly Packet, January 11, 2018
Advance Care Planning workshop offered in Stonington

A free, two-day workshop will be offered at the Stonington Public Library on January 24 and 31 for those interested in exploring goals, values, and options for their future healthcare decisions, as well as learning practical information about Advance Care Planning.

The Workshop is part of Choices That Matter, a community campaign offering opportunities for individuals and families of Deer Isle, Stonington, and the Blue Hill Peninsula communities to engage in and improve decision-making for end-of-life care, according to a news release.

Choices That Matter is coordinated by Healthy Peninsula, in collaboration with VNA Home Health Hospice, Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, Blue Hill Public Library, and a dedicated committee of community volunteers, who have collaborated to develop a variety of conversational tools, information sources, and educational techniques to help individuals, families, healthcare providers, and communities make thoughtful and informed end-of-life decisions.

The Workshop will offer a group of 10 to 15 people a chance to explore their own goals on advance care planning by thinking, talking about, and then making a plan for what kind of care they want at end-of-life. It will be facilitated by an experienced team including Susan Ostertag, M.D.(family doctor and geriatrician, retired), Nat Barrows (editor and publisher, Penobscot Bay Press), and Cheryl Sheasby (owner, Home Instead Senior Homecare), and held on Wednesday, January 24, and Wednesday, January 31, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. each day, at the Stonington Public Library.

There is no cost for the workshop but advance registration is required and space is limited. To register or for more information on Choices that Matter, email, call 374-3257, or check out and the Choices that Matter Facebook page.