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‘Always Better’ Talk to Address Selecting a Health Care Proxy

Workshop Features University of Rochester Medical Expert

Monday, October 01, 2007

The University of Rochester’s Always Better series, open to the public, will present a session on selecting a health care proxy on Oct. 22.

“Who Will Decide? Selecting a Health Care Proxy to Make Sure Your Voice is Heard!” will be presented by Marcia J. Buckley, R.N., M.S., from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Buckley is a nurse practitioner with the Palliative Care Consultation Service at Strong Memorial Hospital and the University of Rochester Medical Center.

The seminar will provide people with the tools they need to ensure that they have decision-making power about their health care in the event that a catastrophic event temporarily or permanently makes them unable to participate in decisions with doctors and care providers. Participants will learn how to identify a health care agent, or proxy, and will discuss issues to review with him or her.

The course fee is $15 and advance registration is required. Call (585) 275-2344 to register.

The Always Better program, made possible through collaboration between the University of Rochester College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering, the Medical Center, and the Memorial Art Gallery, offers a broad range of courses, seminars, medical workshops and events designed to enhance and enrich the lives of people in the Rochester area, helping them to live life Always Better. This unique approach to education, encouraging participants to learn what they love by giving them freedom and flexibility, is at the core of the Always Better program. Classes are non-credit and participants can expect little to no homework, no tests, and no grades, allowing them to explore an area of interest without pressure. Most classes are discussion based, encouraging participants with diverse life experiences and a strong desire to learn to share their views and opinions. For a complete listing of Always Better courses, please contact the University of Rochester Office of Special Programs at (585) 275-2344 or log on to

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