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Aging America: Coping with Loss, Dying and Death in Later Life
Santa Cruz County Office of Education
Santa Cruz, CA
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Aging America: Coping with Loss, Dying and Death in Later Life
Hospice Foundation of America and Hospice of Santa Cruz County present our annual grief education webinar. This year's topic is Aging America: Coping with Loss, Dying and Death in Later Life.

Lunch is included in the ticket price.


America is aging at a rapid rate with 10,000 people in the U.S. turning 65 every day. Medicare is expected to include 80 million enrollees by 2040. The vast majority of this growing population will likely face multiple lossesspouse, partner, independence, identityand complex medical care needs. How can mental health professionals, healthcare providers, clergy, bereavement counselors, and the wider community support the growing number of aging Americans through their losses and healthcare challenges in later life? Aging America panelists will integrate their expertise to deliver an in-depth discussion on innovative programs and new approaches to support older adults.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this video presentation, participants will be able to:

- Describe both strengths and challenges that older persons face as they deal with loss in later life
- Describe the ways that loss and grief may affect the health of older persons
- Discuss constraints to older persons utilization of support groups and counseling and assess strategies to encourage use of appropriate services
- Describe factors that may complicate advance care planning and end-of-life decisions in older persons;
- Describe the ways ensuring the ethical principles of autonomy, beneficence and justice should be balanced in complex cases involving older adults
- Discuss how comprehensive care planning can help manage chronic illness and improve outcomes for older adults.
- Discuss life review and other interventive strategies to assist dying and bereaved persons in later life.

Expert Panelists:

- Ken Doka, PhD, MDiv, The College of New Rochelle
- Patricia Murphy, PhD, APN, FAAN, FPCN Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School
- Brian de Vries, PhD, San Francisco State University, Emeritus
- Moderator: Frank Sesno, George Washington University

A local panel of professionals will follow:

- Shirley Sapena, LCSW  Social Worker, Hospice of Santa Cruz County
- Mitch Matthews, MPP  Associate Director, Health Projects Center
- Cindy Saunders, Executive Director, Visiting Angels


Santa Cruz County Office of Education (View)
400 Encinal St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
United States


Education > Workshops

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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