GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- – National Healthcare Decisions Week begins on April 16. The Mesa County Advance Care Planning Task Force partners with Colorado Mesa University’s Social Work Club to host a participatory “Bucket List: Before I Die” Wall.
This session is designed to get college students thinking about healthcare, in a fun and interactive way. The younger age demographic typically does not regard healthcare as a top priority. “I don’t need healthcare, I’ll just brush it off like it’ll be okay. And actually, that ends up hurting us more than helping us,” says Madeline Eccher, a junior at Colorado Mesa University.
The Bucket List is specifically used to start a conversation about end of life care, which can be a difficult subject to discuss. “I think it’s a cultural thing. We don’t like to talk about death and dying,” says Kendall Smith, a student at CMU and a member of the Advance Care Planning Task Force. The Advance Care Planning Task Force showed students different options, including advance directives and proxies.
Sharing personal aspirations is a way to take this potentially somber subject and have a little fun with it. “These are things they want to accomplish in their lifetime,” says Andrea Thompson, a CMU senior and intern at HopeWest. Their goal is to have students become more comfortable with the subject. “For me, it’s a natural process that we’re all going to go through,” says Thompson.
The Bucket List has even encouraged some to really think about what they want to do in life. “I think it will motivate everyone to live their life to the fullest, and really appreciate life while we have it,” says Eccher.
National Healthcare Decisions Week will have more events this week. A panel discussion will take place on April 18 at the Mesa County Public Library at 6:30 P.M. There will also be a half day seminar on April 20 at St. Mary’s Hospital from 8 A.M. to 2 P.M.
To find out more about National Healthcare Decisions Week, you can check out the website.
College Students and Healthcare Options