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 Archive – 2016 Spring Public Forum 

Facing Mortality: Meaningful Conversations & Compassionate Choices

Thursdays, March 31-April 28, 2016; 2:00-3:30pm and 7:00-8:30pm

Smullin Health Education Center – 2825 E. Barnett Rd, Medford


March 31:  It’s Always Too Soon…Until It’s Too Late! When to Consider Palliative Care

Dr. Steven Pantilat, Professor of Medicine & Director of Palliative Care at University of California, San Francisco, and one of the foremost leaders of palliative care in the U.S., will speak on the importance of early consideration of palliative care as an essential ingredient in end of life planning. Palliative care is an approach to caring for patients with serious illnesses based on matching treatments to patient’s goals and improving quality of life for them and their families.


April 7:  Planning Care for a Changing Self Advance Planning for Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Learn how advance care planning can create multiple tools to assist patients, families, and caregivers in honoring the choices of someone experiencing the challenges of a changing self. Dr. Patrick Gillette, Internist and Alzheimer’s researcher, will present the benefits of early diagnosis. Robb Miller, an end-of-life and advance planning advocate in the state of Washington, will share the first-of-its-kind Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Mental Health Advance Directive he co-authored.


April 14:  Oregon’s Death with Dignity Law – A Compassionate Conversation 

History, facts and perspectives on the law. Guest speakers include:  Dr. Dirk Woods – RRMC Emergency Medicine Specialist; Dr. Diana Spade – retired anesthesiologist and volunteer Medical Director for Southern Oregon Compassion and Choices; Dr. William L. Toffler – Professor of Medicine at OHSU and National Director of Physicians for Compassionate Care.


April 21:  The Prodigal Son – A Theatrical Presentation

 COHO Threshold Thespians present what happens when mom is hospitalized and unable to express her choices about care to her two adult children and a long-brewing family conflict erupts. A second enactment of the same scene goes very differently because, years before, they had “the conversation.” Features actors: Shirley Patton, Peter Quince and Judith Rosen.


April 28:  Choosing to Plan – Starting Your Advance Directive

With an introduction by retired cardiologist Dr. John Forsyth, this presentation gives the history and facts of the Oregon Advance Directive document and includes a Q&A with a panel of experts. Each participant will receive a copy of the Advance Directive with step by step instructions for completing it.


These free presentations are open to all. (Donations are gratefully accepted.)

Refreshments generously provided by: Accent Home Health, Interim HealthCare, Fountain Plaza, Pioneer Village, Farmington Square and Barnett Woods

Special thanks to: Asante Foundation, AllCare Health, Mid-Rogue IPA, Jackson Care Connect, Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice, PrimeCare, AARP, Jefferson Regional Health Alliance

 For a downloadable PDF of the flyer, please click here.