Planning for their older age
A free seminar will be held at Peninsula Village in Umina on Wednesday, March 7, for those who wish to gain a further understanding of planning for their older age.
Peninsula Village executive assistant Ms Linda Grant said the seminar was about considering your values and beliefs and discussing them with those closest to you.
"It does not have to be an onerous and complicated process," said Ms Grant.
"Planning ahead is important to all of us.
"We just don't know what is around the corner.
"Everyone needs to plan ahead and have discussions about their preferences with family members well in advance of a healthcare crisis."
Peninsula Medical Centre local GP Dr Michael Crookes said he was a strong advocate for patients taking more control and planning ahead.
"It is so important for everyone to discuss their preferences with their GP and their family and friends.
"We just don't know what lies ahead.
"It is never too early to start the conversations."
Dr Crookes will address seminar attendees about the importance of gaining health literacy and forging discussions with family and carers.
Amanda Martin from DonateLife will also provide an update on organ and tissue donation and highlight the need to inform your family of your wishes.
Participants will learn more about the tools and resources available and receive a free workbook developed by the carer support unit of Central Coast Local Health District.
The legal issues of consent for healthcare and lifestyle choices will be detailed by the NSW Public Guardian.
Life Circle will lead a session on mentor support for carers embarking on end of life care at home.
In addition, the event will host range of local service providers with free resources and information to support future planning.
To secure a place, phone 4344 9199.