Stephanie Schwartz, President Chilton Medical Center
Alan Lieber, President Overlook Medical Center
Author Michael Thompson discussing COVID-19 challenges

What is Your Decisions Matter?

SAGE Eldercare was awarded a grant from Atlantic Health System’s Overlook and Chilton Medical Centers’ Community Advisory Boards to develop a new community outreach program.

Your Decisions Matter, was launched in 2019 to tackle the often uncomfortable and emotionally charged topic of end-of-life care and decision making. The goal is to help remove the taboo from the topic so loved ones can openly discuss with their family what they want at the end of their lives, ideally before a medical crisis occurs. Normalizing this difficult topic will lead to peace of mind knowing that wishes will be followed, particularly at times when a patient is not able to advocate for themselves.

A recent survey found that 87% of people believe it is important to put their own end-of-life preferences in writing, but only 23% have actually done so.

We help you get the conversation started.

At a Your Decisions Matter event, participants receive a Starter Kit with tips and tools to help you have these difficult conversations. You can also download the Starter Kit by clicking HERE.

Since COVID-19 began, we are hosting webinars and events via Zoom.

A few of our most popular virtual programs in 2020 included:

  • The Film Society of Summit – webinar and panel discussion for the film “The Farewell”.
  • Garden State Equality – webinar focusing on the LGBTQ community.
  • Cedar Crest Senior Living Community – webinar for residents, adult children of residents and caregivers.
  • Atlantic Health Systems’ Community Health – webinar presented in Spanish for Spanish speaking residents in our community.

What people are saying about Your Decisions Matter…

“The program was terrific and VERY timely!” – Diane Pivarnik, United Methodist Church New Providence

“I attended this meeting today regarding my mom as I’m her responsible person. Extremely informative.” – Private

“Thank you so much for the wonderful presentation this evening. It was a pleasure to be a part of this critically important discussion and to be a participant and observer while listening to a panel of such intelligent, well informed, and experienced Professionals. – Carole DiMartino, Short Hills


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