MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care and UJA-Federation of New York are pleased to announce the launch of the Center for Jewish End of Life Care. The Center, a web-based resource and knowledge center, is dedicated to facilitating conversations about the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of Jewish people affected by all advanced and terminal illness. Supporting the diverse needs of the Jewish community, it will enable all who live beautiful Jewish lives… to have equally beautiful Jewish deaths.
To join the conversation and explore this valuable resource, visit centerforjewishendoflifecare.org or call 1-855-885-CHAI (2424)
In a two-part series in its Boomers section, The New York Times is offering advice from Deborah Drelich, a geriatric care social worker and founder of a resource website, NY Eldercare Consultants, about important considerations for families contemplating assisted living arrangements for older family members.
You can read part 1 of the series here, and part two here. A third installment will be published next week.
The series includes questions and answers from readers and links to important eldercare resources.
By Alejandra Oliva
End-of-life planning has the aspects we all know about – have you written a will? Does your family know what to do in case of a medical or financial emergency if you are incapacitated? While these are all key aspects of end-of-life planning, personal legacy building is another important facet to diminishing the pain and stress of your family after your passing.
Legacy building refers to the passing down not of material assets, but of personal values, hopes for the future, and messages of love to later generations. One way to do this is through an ethical will: a collection of the values, memories, and lessons learned throughout your life. Although you may have a pretty good idea of what these are, sometimes it helps to have a template to guide you in the process of writing it.
AfterSteps is an online tool that makes it easy for you to share important documents – both legal and personal, with three verifiers upon your passing. You can upload your ethical will along with any manner of other important personal documents: your family tree, a family recipe or tradition you’d love to see kept going, records of military service and others. Your verifiers are guaranteed delivery of anything you add to the website – and it has a checklist of sorts, so you can see, both personally and legally, how well-prepared for your passing you’ve left your family.
AfterSteps also gives your verifiers access to a few key documents they may need before you pass, including medical and financial power of attorney, as well as a living will or advance directive. These are especially important because they’ll help your family make difficult decisions in the case that you’re unable to make them for yourself.
Preparing for end-of-life with family is one of the most important conversations you can have – knowing what your wishes are, and how you want to be remembered helps to reduce their pain and stress during an otherwise difficult time. Remember, though, end-of-life planning isn’t just about wills and estates, it’s also making sure that your family, friends and loved ones remember you, and the things that were important to you.
SeniorHomes.com is running a poll for the Most Respected Senior Living Charities 2013 – SeniorHomes.com. You can vote for your favorite charity at the link.
Updated 1/31/2013: The conference is now over. Rabbi Address will report on the key highlights in upcoming blog comments.
Rabbi Address, who is co-chair of the C-TAC Interfaith Work Group, spoke and moderated panels at this important conference in Washington.
You can download the CTAC Summit Brochure (PDF), or get more information through the links below.
The Summit created a movement to tackle one of America’s greatest challenges – breaking though the cultural, health system and policy barriers so that seriously ill people receive the right care at the right time and place. Join us and be part of a national movement that will reshape the future.
Whether you are a provider, policy maker, caregiver, family member, educator, faith leader, insurer or advocate, you can be part of the solution to transform advanced care. What you will learn:
- Clinical and Community Models that Work: How to overcome barriers to implement successful advanced illness programs in your area.
- Give People What They Want to Control Spiraling Costs: How to make the argument for better, more holistic approaches to care delivery that increases patient/family satisfaction and lowers costs.
- Policy and Advocacy Approaches: How to leverage diverse groups to deliver a consistent message to key stakeholders and to effect positive policy change.
- Patient/Family, Caregiver and Faith-Based Perspectives: How to use powerful, personal stories to support fundamental change.
- Public, Provider, and Employer Engagement: How to use trusted authorities to educate patients, family, and caregivers about advanced illness.
Speakers include: U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Mark Warner (D-VA), Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) (invited), Mark McClellan, M.D., Susan Dentzer, Judith Salerno, M.D., Leonard Schaeffer, Nancy Brown, Jennie Chin Hansen, Don Schumacher and many others
See the complete list of speakers here.
The conference was held January 29 and 30 at the National Academy of Sciences building in Washington, D.C.
Receiving a diagnosis of a chronic disease that is treatable, but not curable, manageable, but not always completely controllable, can be a devastating experience. There frequently is an immediate sense of being threatened, not only in terms of one’s very life, but more often in terms of one’s ability to continue living life as one is used to. Read more
Aging in America, the 2012 Annual Conference of the American Society on Aging takes place March 28–April 1 in Washington, DC. The ASA Conference, with more than 3,000 attendees, is recognized as a showcase for programs and projects that can be replicated, a forum for policy discussion and advocacy, and a prime source of information on new research findings in aging. It is the largest gathering of a diverse, multidisciplinary community of professionals from the fields of aging, healthcare and education, along with business leaders from across the United States. Get more information or register for the conference here.
There may be good news on the horizon for present and future Alzheimer’s patients and their families.
The United States government has taken the first step toward the provision of more federal research money with the number one goal being to prevent and effectively treat this disease of the brain by 2025. Read more