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Published on January 2, 2018 12:51PM

A free conference covering a host of end-of-life issues will be on offer at the Newport 60+ Activity Center on Thursday, Jan. 11.

The Rubicon Mini Conference will feature 13 guest speakers from around Oregon, offering advice on how to age in place, and have your sunset plans in order.

Topics will include: “Wills, Trusts & Estates” with Attorney Stacey Mealer, who will show how a well-crafted estate plan can help ensure property and family are protected.

Dr. Warren Sparks, medical director at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital will give a presentation on DNR, or Do Not Resuscitate orders, a legal order written to withhold CPR or advanced cardiac life support.

Ronald C. Fredrickson will talk about long-term care and how to pay for it, while writing instructor Larry Lehnerz will offer tips for people interested in writing their own obituaries.

Brian Norris from Bateman Funeral Home will present “Burial & Cremation Laws” a look at the rules concerning embalming, burial, cremation and scattering ashes, as well as offering guidance on how to obtain a death certificate.

Other topics include: “End of Life Choices,” “AARP Prepare to Care,” “Plan Your Memorial,” “Hospice/Home Health,” “Options Counseling” and more.

The day will begin with an orientation at 8:45 am. Sessions are 40 minutes each and will run three at a time from 9 am through 4:45 pm, with each speaker presenting twice. The Newport 60+ Activity Center is located at 20 SE Second Street.

For a full conference schedule, go to www.newportoregon.gov/sc.

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