Conversation of Your Life is a Mayors Wellness Campaign program that focuses on engaging communities in fruitful dialogue—the Conversation of Your Life—to let individuals’ family, friends, or doctors understand and respect their end-of-life wishes through advance care planning. Conversation of Your Life is generously supported by The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. 

 

The Facts:

According to a recent “Health Matters Poll” conducted by the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute and the Rutgers Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling:

  •  61% of New Jersey adult residents are comfortable with the idea of aging and have thought about their wishes for medical treatment near the end of their life.
  • 6 out of 10 New Jersey adult residents have no written documents expressing their wishes for end-of-life care.
  • 38% of New Jersey adult residents have not had conversations about advanced care planning.
  • Only 3 out of 10 New Jersey adult residents who are 65 years and older are aware about Five Wishes or POLST.

The public is comfortable with aging and discussing end of life, however very few are making plans and many are not aware of important end-of-life care options or advance care planning documents.

Our goal:

After successfully piloting Conversation of Your Life in Tenafly, Princeton, and Gloucester Township in 2015, the Mayors Wellness Campaign expanded Conversation of Your Life into Camden, Mercer, and Bergen Counties in 2016, and expanded again into Burlington, Gloucester, Middlesex, and Somerset Counties in 2017. Conversation of Your Life’s goal is to develop and promote a community conversation around advance care planning. Our hope is that more individuals in New Jersey will engage in fruitful dialogue—the Conversation of Your Life—to let their family, friends, or doctors understand and respect their end-of-life wishes through advanced care planning. Ultimately, we hope that these wishes are documented in writing.

Pilot Communities:

  • Tenafly, Mayor Peter Rustin
  • Princeton, Mayor Liz Lempert
  • Gloucester Township, Mayor David Mayer

Participating Counties:

  • Bergen County, NJ
  • Burlington County, NJ
  • Camden County, NJ
  • Gloucester County, NJ
  • Mercer County, NJ
  • Middlesex County, NJ
  • Somerset County, NJ

Statewide Steering Committee:

  • Aline Holmes, New Jersey Hospital Association
  • Dr. Dave Barile, New Jersey Goals of Care
  • Deborah Levine, New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute
  • Don Pendley, NJ Hospice & Palliative Care Organization and NJ Bar Association
  • Dr. Eric Shaban, Regional Medical Director, VITAS
  • Dr. Frank Urbano, AmeriHealth New Jersey
  • Linda Schwimmer, New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute
  • Loretta Kaes, Health Care Association of NJ
  • Dr. Randy Krakauer, Aetna
  • Ruth Charbonneau, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Steven Wishart, VP of Operations, VITAS
  • Dr. Terry Shlimbaum, Family Physician

If you are interested in learning more about how your town can join the Conversation, please contact Deborah Levine at dlevine@njhcqi.org. 

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  • Camden County

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    October 24, 2017 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm – The Bucket List Party – Camden County College, 200 College Dr, Blackwood, NJ 08012
    November 2, 2017 | 8:00 am – 4:30...

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  • Mercer County

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    July 20, 2017 | 6:00 pm – Discussion and Film Screening: “The Bucket List” – Lawrence Headquarters Branch, Mercer County Library System, 2751 Brunswick Pike,...

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  • Bergen County

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    September 13, 2017 | 9:30 – 10:30 am – What is Palliative Care? – Brightview Senior Living, 396 Forest Avenue, Paramus, NJ 07652
    September 17, 2017 | 1:30 pm –...

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