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Date: February 06, 2003

Making the final decision

Preparing for death isn’t easy, but help is available. That’s the message UVic’s centre on aging will impart during its 2003 Community Forum “End of Life: Looking Forward” on Thursday, February 20.

The forum is part of the centre’s commitment to involve members of the community in its research process and share the results of its varied projects. Among the workshop topics being presented by UVic researchers at the 2003 forum are:

Ethics at the End-Of-Life—UVic nursing professor Dr. Jan Storch will talk about what matters to people in their final years.

Representation Agreements as Advanced Medical Directives
—UVic sessional law lecturer Fiona Hunter and Victoria lawyer and centre on aging board member Mark Horne will discuss living wills.

Ethical Dilemmas in Case ManagementDr. Elaine Gallagher will address how case managers insure that they have sufficient funding to keep pace with growing demands while also managing client waitlists.

Bereavement from a Bereaved Person’s Point of View—Valued Elder Recognition Award winner John F. Tomczak will talk about his personal experience of loss and the future of bereavement care.

Intervention and When to Intervene
—Researcher Ingrid Kirk and Dr. Peter Kirk, interim clinical coordinator for the Island Medical Program, will lecture on palliative care and its role in cases of terminal illness, different kinds of possible interventions, and which interventions are appropriate at various stages of illness.

Self-Management Strategies that Enhance Quality of Life
—UVic centre on aging research affiliate Dr. Patrick McGowan will illustrate how people with a chronic health condition can use self-management techniques to increase their quality of life.

Toxic Information: How Prescription Drugs and Pharmaceutical Misinformation Affects the Quality Of Drug Use for Seniors—UVic drug policy researcher Alan Cassels will show how the value and type of information seniors receive about medication affects the quality of their care.

A First Nation Perspective on End-Of-Life Issues—UVic social work assistant professor Jacquie Rice Green will give a First Nations perspective on palliative care issues and making
end-of-life decisions.

The February 20 forum runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in room C103 of the David Strong Building. Cost, including lunch and refreshments, is $35, $15 for seniors/students. For more information, or to register, visit www.coag.uvic.ca or call (250) 721-6369.}

Media contacts:
Lois Edgar (centre on aging) at (250) 721-6290
Maria Lironi (UVic Communications) at (250) 721-6139; lironim@uvic.ca

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