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The Hardest Conversations: Advocating for Quality of Life and Death

Past Sessions
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 1 Adar 5780 - 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM - B'nai Havurah, 6445 E. Ohio Ave., Denver
Thursday, February 13, 2020 18 Sh'vat 5780 - 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM - B'nai Havurah, 6445 E. Ohio Ave., Denver
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 3 Sh'vat 5780 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM - B'nai Havurah, 6445 E. Ohio Ave., Denver


In this three-part series, facilitator Jackie Stern, MD, will address several areas of common concern In care of the aging. 

Please register for one or all three sessions, below.

Wednesday, January 29, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Session 1: Planning for a Good End Using actual patient scenarios, we will discuss the language of medicine to learn how to best understand and have a dialogue about the end of life to prepare you to advocate effectively for yourself and those you love. Using real examples of patient scenarios, we will brainstorm on how to jump the hurdles of the ER and of a medical system that doesn’t always listen to what individuals and families are saying.

Thursday, February 13, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Session 2: Polypharmacy in the Elderly Did you know that the medications that safely and meaningfully help you live a long life can be toxic as you age?? Bring your or your loved one’s medication lists and we can use these as examples...

Wednesday, February 26, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Session 3: Advanced Directives and why “The Five Wishes” is not Enough! Let’s review the Colorado MOST form and other useful directives used in the process of advocacy for patient centered care. Do you know where your advanced directives are? Does your doctor know what you desire for yourself? How to approach these difficult but powerful conversations ...see you there!

This  is a Chachamim/Wise Guys event.  Chachamim (Wise Guys), was created in early 2018 by Havurah Ben Tzion. The programming produced through Chachamim is intended for all adults looking for community and connection and membership to B'nai Havurah is not required. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be provided at Chachamim programs.

Jackie Stern, MD, has had the pleasure of being a Family Physician for nearly 35 years and had the honor of taking care of individuals and families throughout their lifespan. She has cared for babies from first breath, adolescents, pregnant women, as well as adults through end of life.

Jackie has loved teaching patients as well as med students and residents, and reflects that some of her most satisfying work has been in advocating for patients at the end of life. Her last chapter of practice involved taking care of home bound individuals, often as their hospice doctor, and being at the bedside to be part of the hardest and most gratifying conversations among family members.

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