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'Fond Farewell' seminar will be Feb. 22 at senior center

Two guest speakers will address the topics of advance directives and veterans' planning for senior citizens this month.

"A Fond Farewell - Five Wishes and Veterans Planning" will be presented at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22, at the Hastings Area Senior Center, 213 Ramsey St.

Kris Maser, the elder law department chair at Maser and Amundson; and Jeanne McGill, president and CEO of Midwest Funeral Preplanning Consultants will present the topic; both have offices in the Twin Cities.

McGill is a certified senior advisor and preplanning consultant. She has been helping families communicate about end-of-life plans for more than 13 years. She is also a hospice volunteer. She has often been a guest speaker at the senior center within the past several years.

She will discuss Fish Wishes, a comprehensive advance directive used for end-of-life planning.

The Aging with Dignity has been providing copies of "Five Wishes" since it was introduced in 1997 and originally distributed with support from a grant by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care.

"Five Wishes" lets family and the doctor know:

• Who the person wants to make health care decisions for them if they can't make them;

• The kinds of medical treatment they want, or don't want;

• How comfortable they want to be;

• How they want people to treat them; and

• What they want their loved ones to know.

More than 14 million copies of Five Wishes are in circulation across the nation, distributed by more than 15,000 organizations. It meets the legal requirements in 42 states, including Minnesota.

Copies of Five Wishes will be available for $1 each at the seminar.

Maser's practice is dedicated to the needs and interests of senior citizens and their families. She has experience in estate planning, medical assistance planning, planning for incapacity, and the establishment and administration of conservatorships and guardianships of the elderly and other people.

She will discuss veterans benefits that people are entitled to have and how to obtain them.

There is no charge for the seminar. To register, call 438-0750.