Mature Living Special Section: Workshop helps elderly age with dignity

Published on Thu, May 5, 2011
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Whatcom End-of-Life Council will be holding its next Five Wishes workshop on Wednesday, May 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Five Wishes was introduced in 1998 and has become America’s most popular living will.

Wish 1 (designating your healthcare power of attorney) and Wish 2 (determining extent of medical treatment) are legal documents and meet the legal requirements for advanced directives in Washington State. Wish 3 identifies how comfortable you want to be, Wish 4 specifies how you want people to treat you and Wish 5 addresses how you want to be remembered, along with funeral or memorial preferences.

The two-hour interactive workshop is held monthly; the next session will be Tuesday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The free workshop is funded by a community education grant from the Whatcom Hospice Foundation. No registration is necessary.

The Five Wishes workshop will be held at the St. Luke’s Community Health Education Center at 333 Squalicum Parkway in Bellingham. For more information, contact Carol Brumet, 360/738-6706, or

Those who can’t attend can obtain the booklet online at