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End of life issues part of Sept. 25 presentation

Hinsdale – Determining what to do leading up to the end of life is the topic of a Sept. 25 community presentation.

The Rev. Dale Susan Edmonds will present “Caring for Older Adults: The Challenge and the Gift” at St. John of the Cross Parish Community Center, 5005 Wolf Road in Western Springs. Registration begins at 6:45 p.m., with Edmonds’ presentation running from 7-8:30 p.m. Edmonds will take questions following her presentation.

Adventist St. Thomas Hospice is sponsoring the free event. To RSVP, call Lynette Cremerius at (630) 856-6982, or email her at lynette.cremerius@ahss.org by Monday, Sept. 23.

Discussing an aging parent’s quality of life can be difficult, and Edmonds aims to help people start the hard conversations they might otherwise be avoiding. Among the issues to be addressed are housing, driving, health care choices and end of life decisions.

“We want to be able to offer this both to adult children with aging parents who may or may not be facing health issues, as well as seniors wanting to try to plan out their own end of life care options,” said Cremerius, community liaison with Adventist St. Thomas Hospice. “These are matters that can be hard to face, but are better off addressed.”

Edmonds has a master’s degree in divinity and spent 28 years as an ordained minister. She also worked three years as a hospice chaplain. Edmonds has been a member of the Chicago End of Life Coalition and an advance care planning instructor. She is the founder of talkearlytalkoften.com, a site that addresses end-of-life issues.

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Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.

Physicians on the medical staff of Adventist Midwest Health Hospitals are independent contractors, and are not agents of the hospitals.

Media contact: Chris LaFortune, public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, christopher.lafortune@ahss.org; (630) 856-2354.




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