April 16: Do you know what TODAY is?

Published on April 16, 2014

It’s like Benjamin Franklin said: The only things certain in life are death and taxes. Millions will turn to CPAs for help with their tax returns before April 15, but where can you turn for help with advance directives on National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16?

The Gift Initiative of Alive Hospice is planning a day of conversation and education about advance directives, and you don’t even have to dip into your tax refund to get the help you need.

Activities planned for April 16 include the following at Alive Hospice's administrative office, 1718 Patterson St. in Nashville:

  • From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the general public is invited to stop by, ask questions about advance directives and receive one-on-one assistance to help complete these important documents.
  • A free lunch will be served from 12-1:30 p.m. RSVP at 615.346.8418
  • From 12 to 1:30 p.m., Alive Hospice will screen the Nashville Public Television documentary “Aging Matters: The End of Life,” followed by a discussion andQ&A.
  • We will have anotary on site from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.to assist with your health documents.

“Everybody knows about tax preparers, and we want people in our community to know they can get help with advance directives, too. Community education about advance care planning is what The Gift Initiative of Alive Hospice is all about,” said Alive Hospice Community Outreach Coordinator Keith King. “Adults of all ages should complete tax returns, and the same goes for advance directives. We’re here to help them get it done.”

Though it’s free to complete advance directives, only about a third of American adults have done so. By completing an advance care plan or appointment of health care power of attorney form, adults can ensure they’ll have a voice in their care if they’re unable to speak for themselves in a medical crisis or debilitating illness. These forms are available online at http://www.thegiftinitiative.org/advance-planning.