Senior Information Day program set

End-of-life planning topics to be discussed

The 11th annual Senior Information Day sponsored by Shawano County Human Services and Shawano Community Education will be held on July 20 at the Civic Center in Shawano.

This year’s theme is “Advanced Planning,” which includes having the difficult conversations about health care wishes with your doctor and, most importantly, family. The free program begins at 8:30 a.m. and includes a light breakfast and lunch.

Speakers will include Dr. Nancy Homburg, Fox Valley Advance Care Planning Partnership; Dr. Lindsey Schindler, Fox Valley Family Medicine Residency; and Beth Belmore, clinic/community care coordinator, Mosaic Family Health.

Topics will include do not resuscitate orders and power of attorney for health care documents. Forms and paperwork will be available.

Natalie Easterday, Shawano County emergency management director, will explain the Code Red service and assist individuals who wish to sign up for the emergency notices.

The program will also include screening a documentary made in Wisconsin called “Consider the Conversation.” Released in 2011, it has helped many individuals begin having that conversation and becoming more in charge of their future health care decisions.

Georgia Stapleton, a representative from the Shawano County Commission on Aging, owns an educational copy of the film and license that allows her to host the screening for free.

Following the program, door prizes will be distributed and participants will be invited to play bingo.

Residents interested in attending Senior Information Day are asked to RSVP to the community education office at 715-526-2192, ext. 3202. For information, call Heidi Russell, Shawano County Human Services director of aging, at 715-526-4686.