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Conversations that Matter: Advance Care Planning for Rural Families

Updated December 16, 2019

Leacey Brown

SDSU Extension Gerontology Field Specialist

Written collaboratively by Leacey E. Brown, Theresa Garren-Grubbs, and Jane Strommen

Introduction and Welcome Letter

Thank you for your interest in teaching others about advance care planning. This is an important topic for individuals and their families. Conversations That Matter: Advance Care Planning For Rural Families is the result of a collaboration between North Dakota State University Extension, the College of Nursing at South Dakota State University, and SDSU Extension. This booklet is designed to be used to facilitate community education events in a variety of settings, including churches, lunch and learn events, community centers, and many more. These materials are designed to be used with adults of all ages.

The materials in this booklet were piloted with sociology students at South Dakota State University. Based on the results of the evaluation, the materials were refined to clarify some aspects of advance care planning. It is our hope to continue to improve the content of these materials.