Oct. 26 'Nite of the Living Will' event at UH Law Library offers end-of-life care planning

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Beverly Creamer, (808) 389-5736
Media Consultant, William S. Richardson School of Law
Posted: Oct 12, 2016

New handbook cover
New handbook cover

On Wednesday, October 26, as part of its commitment to serving elders, the UH Law School’s Elder Law Program will once again offer the very popular “Nite of the Living Will” just a few days before Halloween.

The free program, titled “Deciding What If and Trying to Remember,” will start at 1:30 p.m. in the Law School Library at 2525 Dole Street and will focus on decision-making about end-of-life medical treatment and advanced care planning. The program is particularly aimed at kupuna, family caregivers and service providers, but all are welcome.

“This will help you communicate your wishes for end-of-life care,” said Professor James Pietsch, Director of the UH Elder Law Program (UHELP) at the William S. Richardson School of Law. “Discussion will include informed consent/informed refusal, individual instructions for health care, durable powers of attorney for health care, comfort care only and DNR bracelets/necklaces and Provider Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST).”

Also available that afternoon is the new 25th Anniversary Edition of a free handbook produced by UHELP. The latest edition, “Deciding What’s Next and Trying to Remember . . .," is a legal handbook for Hawai‘i’s older persons, families and caregivers.

The handbook is published as a partnership between UHELP and the City and County of Honolulu Elderly Affairs Division, with funding from the U.S. Administration on Aging. It was written and compiled by Professor Pietsch and UHELP Administrator Lenora Lee. The handbooks are also now available at the UH Law School front desk at 2515 Dole St.

At the October 26 event, attendees may also pick up a Kokua Packet that offers assistance in "Trying to Remember."

Refreshments will be served. To save a seat, please call (808) 956-6544 or send an email to uhelp.edu@gmail.com.  UH faculty, staff and students are welcome.

Parking is available for $5 in the Parking Structure.

For more information, visit: https://www.law.hawaii.edu/