Death and dying are difficult topics, even in best-case scenarios. Part of this stems from the silence and uneasiness that often engulfs individuals and family members confronting end-of-life circumstances.
With this community-wide forum, we hope to open people’s minds and hearts to sharing their thoughts, wishes, and experiences around dying and death—thereby aiding not only themselves and their families, but the broader care-providing community as well.
Given the aging of the U.S. population and the changes in our country’s healthcare system, conversations and education about end-of-life issues are timelier than ever for individuals, families, communities, businesses, and healthcare professionals. Let’s #StartTheEndOfLifeConvo.
Session 1: Thursday, September 14
Dying in America: A Roadmap for Improving Quality and Honoring Preferences for Care
Patricia Bomba, MD, MACP
Vice President and Medical Director, Geriatrics, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
Session 2: Thursday, September 21
On Nursing Home and Hospice Care
Thomas Caprio, MD, MPH, MS, CMD, HMDC, FACP, AGSF
Associate Professor of Medicine/Geriatrics, Dentistry, Clinical Nursing, and Public Health Sciences, University of Rochester Medical Center; and Chief Medical Officer, UR Medicine Home Care
Session 3: Thursday, September 28
Spiritual Life at the End of Life
Session 4: Thursday, October 5
The Promise of Palliative Care—and the Possibility of a Physician-Assisted Death as a Last Resort
Timothy E. Quill MD, FACP, FAAHPM
Georgia and Thomas Gosnell Distinguished Professor in Palliative Care, Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry and Medical Humanities, University of Rochester School of Medicine