JFCS Sherman Institute program to tackle tough issues

Paige Hector
Paige Hector

“What would happen to me if I had a severe stroke and couldn’t communicate?”

“What would happen if my spouse gets dementia and stops eating?”

People sometimes choose to ignore these kind of tough issues rather than talk about them. To help change that, Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona will host a free program, “Your Life, Your Choices: Straight Talk about Tough Issues,” on Friday, Sept. 9 from 1-3 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center.  Paige Hector, LMSW, of Paige Ahead Healthcare Education & Consulting, will lead the program, which is designed to empower attendees with the words and tools to engage in discussions about quality of life, advanced illness and treatment decisions.

“Your Life, Your Choices” is the first of two programs in the 2016 Mel Sherman Institute on Mental Health lecture series. Irving Silverman established a fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona to honor his friend, Mel Sherman, who died in 2014. Distributions from Silverman’s fund support JFCS in producing the lecture series, now in its second year.

Reservations are requested. RSVP online at jfcstucson.org/aging or contact Susan Howard at 795-0300, ext. 2238 or showard@jfcstucson.org.