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Adult and Aging Division

Free Advance Care Planning Workshop October 17, 2017

Who Will Speak for You When You Can't Speak for Yourself?

Published: October 04, 2017

My-Care-My-Plan_logo-75Half of adults will become unable to speak for ourselves in a future medical crisis, yet only 23 percent of us have written advanced health care directives defining our health care wishes. To help residents think ahead, My Care My Plan: Speak Up,

Sonoma County will host a free advance care planning workshop, Who Will Speak for You When You Can't Speak for Yourself?, on Tuesday, October 17, 2017  1:30 PM – 3:30 PM, at the Sonoma County Human Services Department, 3725 Westwind Boulevard., Santa Rosa. 

Residents 18 and older can reserve a seat online at under Events, by phone at (707) 565-5950 or by email to

The workshop will be led by Dorothy Foster, MFT and co-chair of My Care My Plan: Speak Up, Sonoma County and Gary Johanson, MD, Medical Director, Memorial Hospice and Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Medical Director of Palliative Care Services. The presenters will help attendees consider the type of care they’d want in a health crisis, and how to make their wishes known through planning and advance health care directives. They will offer ideas for talking with loved ones and health care providers. “This combination of conversation and documentation is the ultimate gift to loved ones,” says Foster.