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An engaged faith community in aging senior connections

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An engaged faith community in aging senior connections

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An engaged faith community in aging senior connections

  1. 1. FAITH TO FATE THE AWARD-WINNING FAITH-BASED ADVANCE CARE PLANNING PARTNERSHIP IN RICHMOND’S AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITIES
  2. 2. EVERYBODY WANTS TO GET HERE… BUT…NOBODY WANTS TO GO!!
  3. 3. WHAT’S FAITH GOT TO DO WITH IT?
  4. 4. SO… WHAT… REALLY… IS… FAITH… IF IT IS NOT ADVANCE CARE PLANNING??
  5. 5. MOST WORSHIPPERS ARE PRETTY GOOD AT… ADVANCE HEAVEN PLANNING BUT NOT SO GOOD AT… ADVANCE LEGAL PLANNING ADVANCE MEDICAL PLANNING
  6. 6. EVERYBODY WANTS TO GET HERE… BUT…NOBODY WANTS TO GO!! • Life Quantity/Quality • Goals of Care • Advance Directives • Place/Disposition • Artificial Life Support RELIGIOUS BELIEFS ESTATE BELIEFSMEDICAL BELIEFS • Afterlife • Tradition • Restrictions • Spirituality • Who for My Money • Who for My Property • Who for My Decisions • What for My Legacy Advance Care Planning
  7. 7. THE FISSURE IN OUR BEING? Going…Without Ever Having to Get There! Living (forever!)…Without Ever Having to Die! ADMITTEDLY…AND OBVIOUSLY…A PROBLEM! SO I’LL JUST DEAL WITH IT TOMORROW!
  8. 8. MOST AMERICANS WALLOW WAY TOO COMFORTABLY AND WAY TOO LONG IN OUR “DEATH AVOIDANCE CULTURE” …AND IN THE U.S. NO ONE DOES IT BETTER THAN THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND LATINO-AMERICAN POPULATIONS ESTIMATED NUMBER OF ALL AMERICANS WITH ADVANCE MEDICAL DIRECTIVES = 25% OR LESS ESTIMATED NUMBER OF AA AND LATINO AMERICANS WITH ADVANCE DIRECTIVES = 2% OR LESS
  9. 9. SHIFTING INGRAINED CULTURAL NORMS IN ANY GROUP DEMANDS ABUNDANT… ➢ TIME ➢ COMMITMENT ➢ PATIENCE ➢ PERSISTENCE
  10. 10. SOME PESKY ACP BARRIERS IN AFRICAN AMERICAN FAITH AND CULTURE ➢ IT’S GOD’S BUSINESS, NOT MINE! ➢ TALKING OR WRITING ABOUT DYING/DEATH ONLY MAKES IT HAPPEN! ➢ GOD’S HEALING/RESURRECTION IS FOR ME! (Or whomever I choose to pray for) ➢ MAXIMUM SUFFERING = MAXIMUM FAITH ➢ “EVERYTHING” IS “NOTHING” (Medically Speaking, Of Course) ➢ WHATEVER! THAT’LL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME! ➢ I CAN’T AFFORD NO LAWYER! MY WIFE ALREADY KNOWS WHAT I WANT. ➢ KICK THE CAN, NOT THE BUCKET! “AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR DAT!” (“Sweet Brown Syndrome”)
  11. 11. WORKING IT FAITH TO FATE MOU COMMITMENT TO A CHURCH-BASED ACP COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER: ❑ No Program Costs to the Church ❑ No Administration Burden for the Church ❑ Free Ongoing Technical Assistance and Support From Senior Connections ❑ Free ACP Certifications – Respecting Choices ACP Facilitators ❑ Free “Mini-Library” ACP Reference Materials Provided ❑ “Graduation” Envisioned – Eventual Spin-off As An Independent CRC
  12. 12. FACTORS FOR SUCCESS: ❑ Senior Pastor/Leadership Buy-In, Involvement and Promotion ❑ Counter-Messaging From the Pulpit ❑ Unifying Statement of Principles – Endorsed ❑ Strong, Self-Motivating F2F Ministry Team ❑ Commitment to Community-Based Ministries & Outreach ❑ No “Jesus Pimps!” WORKING IT FAITH TO FATE
  13. 13. WORKING IT FAITH TO FATE THREE-STEP PROGRAM CYCLE, REPEATED EVERY SIX MONTHS: 1. Church-Wide Announcement and Benchmarking Survey 2. Free & Open Educational Forum with Q&A 3. Legal Documents Preparation Day Event
  14. 14. WORKING IT FAITH TO FATE MORE THAN 375 FREE LEGAL DOCUMENTS EXECUTED AND DELIVERED TO DATE! ✓ SIMPLE WILLS ✓ ADVANCE MEDICAL DIRECTIVES ✓ POWERS OF ATTORNEY
  15. 15. FAITH 2 FATE ADVANCE CARE PLANNING INITIATIVE Virginia’s 2015 Top Best-Practice Award-Winner! America’s 2015 Top Best-Practice Award-Winner! WE’RE A WINNER!
  16. 16. Ivan K. Tolbert, MPA, MEd Community Relations Manager & Certified Advance Care Planner Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging 24 East Cary Street Richmond, VA 23219 Telephone: (804) 672-4498 Email: itolbert@youraaa.org CONTACT:

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