MEREDITH — Sometimes we wait too long to share with our loved ones how we feel about what we want regarding medical decisions and life sustaining treatment. The earlier we start having these conversations, the better.
Join Interlakes Community Caregivers, Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association and the Meredith Parks and Recreation Department for a free presentation entitled “Having Conversations that Matter” on Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Meredith Community Center, One Circle Drive, Meredith. The program is free and open to the public. RSVP by calling 253-9275.
“People often ask: How do I talk to my family? How do I talk to my doctor? What questions should I ask my doctor?” said Mary Ellen McCormack, Hospice Director and Nurse Liaison with Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association. who will be the lead presenter at the event. “Supporting people with and through transitions in their lives is really my passion and expertise.”
This presentation is a collaborative effort by Interlakes Community Caregivers, Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association, and the Meredith Community Center. It is offered as part of the ICCI ongoing volunteer education series, LRVNA community outreach, and the Meredith Community Center’s Senior Center offerings. The program will include an open forum for questions and answers and the opportunity to discuss wants and needs of the senior community. Light refreshments will be served.
“How to deal with difficult subjects such as death and diagnosis was one of the top choices in a recent survey done by our volunteers to decide upcoming topics for our ongoing volunteer education,” said Ann Sprague, ICCI Executive Director. “We felt it was such an important subject that we’d open it up to the general public, with thanks to the LRVNA and Meredith Community Center.”
Mary Ellen McCormack, Hospice Director and Nurse Liaison at Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association, is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Holistic Health and Wellness, and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. Her diverse background includes Wellness Director at Plymouth State University, Director of Assisted Living at the Taylor Community in Laconia, and Hospice Director at Pemi-Baker Home Health and Hospice in Plymouth.
Interlakes Community Caregivers is a 501(c)3 nonprofit volunteer organization that provides supportive services to assist local residents in their daily lives to remain living independently in their own homes. Services include rides to medical and personal appointments, grocery shopping, and friendly visits and are provided at no charge.
ICCI is seeking volunteers to meet the current double-digit increases in demand. ICCI offers mileage reimbursement to its volunteer drivers, training, and flexibility to meet your personal schedule. Volunteers have the opportunity to stay active, maintain their skill sets, and meet interesting people while having a meaningful, positive and direct impact on the community.
A free program titled “Having Conversations that Matter” will be presented on Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. at the Meredith Community Center. Planning the event are, from left, Vint Choiniere, Meredith Parks & Recreation director; Ann Sprague, Interlakes Community Caregivers executive director; and Mary Ellen McCormack, Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Hospice director and nurse liaison. (Courtesy photo)