Legal and health messages for the PCEC

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Kelvin Bamfield explains to his PCEC audience that a living will is important if you wish to ensure that you die with dignity if your condition is terminal and you are comatose.
Kelvin Bamfield explains to his PCEC audience that a living will is important if you wish to ensure that you die with dignity if your condition is terminal and you are comatose.

The speakers at the Sunday, August 5, meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) were on two diverse subjects; one legal and the other health. The first presentation was by Kelvin Bamfield, CEO of Thai888 Law, Ltd., who is also an active club member; apprising members about the importance of preparing a proper Living Will or Power of Attorney in Thailand. The second was Diana Mountanos, who discussed and demonstrated the health benefits of stretching.

Kelvin, originally from Australia, has lived in Thailand for over 18 years.  He holds Australian degrees, diplomas and certificates from technical and further education, University of Technology, University of Sydney and several other organizations.

After eight years of retirement he decided to reapply his knowledge and experience and became CEO of THAI 888 Law working with the owner Jeab Supaporn. Kelvin gave a previous talk for PCEC members on pitfalls to be aware of when preparing last wills. He provided a relaxed, but informative, presentation, walking amongst the audience while using power point to show the importance and purpose of creating a living will, which is a form of power of attorney. A living will takes effect should you become mentally incapacitated, either through illness or accident, which are events that could easily and unfortunately happen to any one of us at any time.

A living will is a legal document in which a person specifies what actions should be taken for their health if they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves because of illness or incapacity; it is a written expression of their wishes, in terms of how they would choose to be treated should, if and when the occasion ever arises that your condition is terminal. A copy of the living will document can be deposited with hospital(s) of your choice, but you should you be hospitalized in other areas, the person you designated to make decisions for you will need to show them their living will to ensure their instructions regarding what if any life sustaining methods should not be made. Kelvin pointed out that a living will differs from euthanasia; the will being applicable to methods for prolonging life rather than ending life.

Kelvin gave several examples of different ways in which it could be applied, and some of the pitfalls which could occur without the benefit of enacting it, such as incurring substantial costs because the doctors are prolonging life even when the ultimate outcome is terminal. Such costs would become a burden upon your estate.

Yoga instructor Diana Mountanos with the assistance of two companions, demonstrates one of her recommended stretching exercises for maintaining good health and reducing the risk of injury.
Yoga instructor Diana Mountanos with the assistance of two companions, demonstrates one of her recommended stretching exercises for maintaining good health and reducing the risk of injury.

Kelvin then went briefly into what powers of attorney are and cautioned that they should be for specific purposes since it gives another person the legal right to act in your name. For example, it can be authority for a person to sell and transfer title to your property. Therefore, it should be limited as to time and identify the specific property involved.

The second presenter was Diane Mountanos, originally from the USA. She has been involved in an active sporting background, starting as a youngster when her father, a lifeguard, inspired and taught her (and her sisters) to swim from the tender age of just 3. During her school years, Diana had a passion for archery, running, and of course swimming (back stroke). This developed into a lifestyle of weight training, racket sports and long-distance running, alongside taking up a career. Being Director of Orthopedics, Diana advised nurses and gave seminars on the subject of rehabilitation and recovery for sufferers of mild to major injuries helping people regain fitness and mobility wherever possible.

All these qualifications and experience stand her in good stead to help people from all walks of life and ages discover the wonders and health benefits of yoga. Diana has previously enlightened the PCEC audience with talks, primarily about yoga. Having been involved with yoga since the 80s, Diana is certainly living proof that yoga is a great pursuit, sporting a youthful slim healthy figure with bundles of energy.

MC Ren Lexander presents Diana Mountanos with the PCEC’s Certificate of Appreciation for her presentation and practical application of beneficial stretching exercises.
MC Ren Lexander presents Diana Mountanos with the PCEC’s Certificate of Appreciation for her presentation and practical application of beneficial stretching exercises.

She mentioned that her talk would not be so much about yoga, but about the benefits of stretching all your muscles for better health and to prevent injuries when exercising. She said that one can do stretching exercises while sitting in a chair. She encouraged the audience to take part in several exercises as she and two companions demonstrated them from the stage. The room was filled with energy, motion, and laughter for a very enjoyable and mildly exerting 20 minutes of fun. Diana states that stretching as well as yoga, under guidance, can reverse many ailments and effects of ageing, and prevent a lot of ageing issues from occurring.

Diana recommends both men and women of all ages should discover the health benefits for mind, body and soul for themselves. Amongst the many conditions helped, she mentioned: high blood pressure, diabetes, neck/back pain, and thyroid issues can be alleviated.

The meeting concluded with MC Roy Albiston bringing everyone up to date on upcoming events which was then followed by the Open Forum where members and guests can ask questions or make comments about Expat living in Thailand and their activities. To watch videos of these presentations visit or subscribe to their weekly newsletter at www.pcec.club.