POKER AND PLANNING
Create opportunities for all seniors to be informed on advance directives and the importance of writing a will. Give them the resources and opportunity to do this work. Inform them on the options and expenses involved around death and burial. In this way seniors can make informed decisions, create action plans and take steps to assert their wishes for end of life care. This can help to alleviate anxiety and economic hardship for seniors, and their families going forward.
Bring the conversation to seniors either where they are actively socializing, or create an opportunity to socialize alongside doing this work. This might function to bring this conversation to a larger audience as it will be side by side with some fun!
How to Facilitate This?
Community Centers can host "Poker and Planning Parties." They can engage local professionals - community nurses, legal aid attorneys, funeral and burial staff, as well as financial advisors might participate.
Federally Qualified Community Health Centers and Community Health Worker Programs (CHWs) also can play a role, as hosts and facilitators. CHWs are working with seniors in their communities in a variety of ways. Might "Poker and Planning Parties" become an extension of this work?
(ex. mhpsalud.org - Photo below links to the specific CHW program noted.)
Remote Communities - If a community is very remote perhaps the professional speakers can be present via video chat.
Resources can be shared and referrals made for individual counseling sessions.
- Would professional participation be pro bono?
- Might communities apply for grants to fund these workshops?
- Might local businesses sponsor this idea?
June 24 - UPDATE
This project helps folk think about what matters most at EOL, and takes them from contemplating their wishes, to speaking with loved ones, through to creating formal documents to outline their EOL desires.
Poker and Planning Parties can include this approach as a guide. The parties can start by presenting information to open a conversation and take participants through this process. The parties will be a series of events, 3 or 4 parties. In this way information can be presented with time for participants to think about issues in between, reflect on what they have learned, share, and take action. As the series progresses professionals will present information needed to make informed decisions on care.