Revisit advance health directives every five years, attorney says
According to discussion at last week’s senior center program, advance health directives are essential when considering how you’d like your final days to be and they offer assurance that your medical care is carried out as you’d like at a time when you may not be able to instruct caregivers or doctors.
In a culture where death isn’t readily discussed, you can have peace of mind that your wishes concerning how you die are carried out through an advance health directive, according to speakers at a series on end-of-life decisions at the Pickens Senior Citizens Center on Stegall Drive.
The Georgia directive, which can be found online, combines a living will and a durable power of attorney for health care, allowing people to choose for themselves issues relating to their medical care. From assigning a health care agent and guardian to detailing treatment preferences such as whether you want to withhold or withdraw life support or accept or refuse nutrition and/or hydration, the health care directive can be an all encompassing tool to ensure you control all aspects of your personal and medical care.
Pickens Animal Shelter held its grand opening Saturday.
The community was able to tour the shelter and see the occupants. Chief deputy Joe McDonald said, Pickens inmates did all of the work, and built all of the kennels from scratch.Lieutenant Wayne Cooley and inmates spent 40,000 man hours working to make this shelter possible.
Project Manager/Animal shelter director Christina Voyles helped order supplies and talked to vets about necessary precautions. She has also presuaded people to drive from out of state to adopt animals. In 2010 Voyles save rate for animals was 57 percent. Shelter hours are: Monday-closed, Tuesday-12 to 5, Wednesday-12 to 5, Thursday-12-5, Friday-12 to 5, Saturday-11 to 3 and Sunday-closed. For more information contact 706-253-8983
In a very low turnout, voters here approved the continuation of the one-cent sales tax to fund education with 57 percent of the ballots in favor of the SPLOST.
Unofficial results from Tuesday's election showed 811 votes in favor of the SPLOST with 609 people voting against the sales tax.
The election saw less than 10 percent of the registered voters cast a ballot.
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During Thursday’s school board meeting, Michael Land was recognized as this year’s valedictorian for Pickens High. Jessica Bell was recognized as the salutatorian.
Besides the valedictorian and salutatorian, students involved with reading bowls, academic teams, the high school band and Pickens Middle School basketball were recognized.
PHS Principal Chris Williams said involvement in extra-curricular activities leads to and helps build success in school.
“There is a direct correlation between extracurricular activities and academic performance,” Williams said in a follow-up interview. “Anything that is positive and challenges them after school correlates into success in the classroom.”
Above, Valedictorian Michael Land and Salutatorian Jessica Bell receive recognition plaques during Thursday’s school board meeting.
In our culture, death is something we rarely talk about. What we want at the end of our lives and what our culture provides for are vastly different.
Because of this imbalance a Wednesday morning series at the Pickens Senior Center, on Stegall Drive near Lee Newton Park, is focusing on educating the elderly and teaching their caregivers about how to provide for their loved ones' wishes during the final stages of life.
The series begins at 9 a.m. each and will continue through the end of March.
“I hope by the end of the workshop people will see “hope” in the word hospice,” said Margaret Ognen, facilitator of the four-week program that deals with end-of-life decisions and the quality of life you can and should expect during that time. “Hospice can give hope to so many,” she said.