Retired Public Employees Assocation Santa Cruz RPEA

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RPEA Chapter 9 Surf City- Santa Cruz has been serving retired public employees since 1958.
Prepare Because You Care

Aging with Dignity is a national non-profit organization with a mission to affirm and safeguard the human dignity of individuals as they age and to promote better care for those near the end of life. The life and work of Mother Teresa of Calcutta served as the inspirational foundation of Aging with Dignity. Holds the copyright for the “FIVE WISHES” advanced directive which you can buy for $5 on their website, with a tutorial.

Compassion & Choices This website has the THE GOOD TO GO TOOL KITwhich is designed to help you identify your priorities and communicate your decisions regarding end of life planning. The kit presents ideas, inspiration, information and answers you will find helpful. It also elaborates about all aspects of assisted suicide. is a website which offers a publication that provides research & information on euthanasia and assisted suicide for the elderly ($85). The sample they have online is printed in a very small font, so you may need a magnifying glass to read it when you print it.

Death Over Dinner started with a University of Washington graduate course called "Let’s Have Dinner and Talk About Death," taught by Michael Hebb and Scott Macklin, which quickly grew into a beautiful website designed by Seattle agency Civilization with content developed by Angel Grant. There is a link to a 17-minute TED TALK that is worth the time to view!

Hospice of Santa Cruz County
940 Disc Dr, Scotts Valley, CA 95066 · 
(831) 430-3000. Call them for additional information about advance planning and events.

Hospice of Santa Cruz County will provide a series of Community presentations on The Essentials of Advance Directives for Healthcare
This presentation provides an overview on how an Advance Directive makes your healthcare decisions and end of life wishes known. Call 831-430-3000 to get more information.

Death Café - Dates & locations found on Santa Cruz County Hospice website in “Community Events”


Living Wills & Advanced Health Care Directives An advanced healthcare directive, or living will, spells out what to do in the event you or your loved one can no longer make decisions for themselves. Find expert advice for preparing living wills.

CA Medical Association has an advanced health care directive kit for $6 for sale on their website.

Advanced Planning comprehensive information and links:
EXCELLENT SOURCE with free downloads for forms & information. INFO line: (800) 658-8898

Advance Care Planning from United Healthcare
Making decisions about medical care is not easy, even when we are healthy. We often take for granted that when difficult decisions will have to be made regarding our future health care, we will be able to make those decisions ourselves. But at some point, you may become unable to make your own health care decisions. That's why it's important to think and talk about your wishes and beliefs with your loved ones – long before critical decisions must be made.

Advance directive for people who develop dementia.

The CA advance health care directive, and advance Directive is posted on the RPEA local website here.

Download your State’s Advance Directive.

File of Life
File of Life Foundation: You can order 1 packet for free, they will mail it to you. They are available at the Volunteer Center in Tara Ireland’s office (831) 427-5070.  We have posted printable forms that you can use for updating your file. You can download a two-sided page with three Files of Life here  A single insert here.

POLST Contains the POLST pdf form and instructions for completion. The form is also on our website and is usually printed on pink paper. You can obtain one from your primary care doctor.


Delmar Caregivers Resource Center

Senior Network Services See  or call their information and assistance line at (831) 462-1433. The bright yellow Senior Resource Directory is on their website and some of you may have one already, but they update it every year so check with them for updated info.

Information about Self Caring Tips and inspiration on how you can make self-care a priority.

The Caring Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the principles of caring, integrity, and public service. In addition to its Awards program, the Institute gives scholarship monies to young adult honorees, fulfills requests of terminally ill children through its Dream 4 Kids program, provides work experience for public service minded youth, and sponsors the Art of Caring contest, encouraging elementary school students to express what caring means to them through the medium of photography.


Retired Members Death Benefits Log in and enter the title in SEARCH BOX, or call them at (888) 225-7377 and ask them to mail you a copy. You can also look at or download it here.

Get Your Stuff Together  htttps:// Great website full of advanced planning ideas with sections on Legal Questions, Digital Details, State Forms, Attorney Directory, Revocable Trusts, Emergency Fund and Guardianship. Most tools have a $ cost but a few are free.


Can be ordered on-line or from your local bookstore.

        Checklist for My Family (AARP)
        Get it Together (Nolo Press)
        Peace of Mind Planner (Peter Pauper Press)
        Putting Things in Order (

Putting Things in Order” record book Stock # 56483  $6.00. A larger picture of the cover can be found here. also offer a little lighted magnifying glass for $8 – Stock # 49353. You may order at the links provided or by phone: (800) 551-2843.