Free health law discussions offered in Angoon

January 26 2012

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) is partnering with the Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC) and the Angoon Senior Center to offer a pair of free health law discussions after lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 7-8, at the Angoon Senior Center.

Karen Godnick, a staff attorney with ALSC, will give a presentation on Tuesday about how to create a will, designate a power of attorney, and complete an advanced health care directive. This event gives participants hands-on experience creating these valuable legal documents. These documents let people know your intentions if you should ever be incapacitated by a major health issue. They let people know if you want to be on life support, who should handle your finances, even who should take care of your kids if you can’t do it yourself. Private sessions with Karen are available.

On Wednesday, Karen will discuss Medicare, Medicaid and other senior benefits. She will answer questions about how to sign up for the benefits, how they can help seniors and what their differences are. Private sessions with Karen are available.

For more information about the presentations, contact SEARHC Angoon Elder Care Resource Coordinator Dan Johnson at 788-4637 or contact SEARHC Kake/Angoon Elder Care Nurse Case Manager Auriella Hughes, RN, at 966-8934 in Sitka. Dan can schedule people for private one-on-one sessions with Karen, and he can provide provide with will questionnaire worksheets before Tuesday’s meeting. Van rides home will be provided to elders attending the presentations, and refreshments will be served.