2018 Health & Wellness

Palliative Care and Medical Aid in Dying: Putting the Person First at the End of Life

Event Date Thu Dec 6, 2018
Event Time 6 PM - 7 PM
Edwards Interfaith Chapel32318 US-6 | Edwards

When faced with terminal illness, there are few avenues for those who are contemplating the end of life but palliative care is one option. Palliative care is not hospice: It is patient/family-centered care that decreases pain and symptoms, eases suffering and increases survival for patients when offered early in people contending with serious illness. It is designed to address the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs to improve quality of life. Unfortunately, palliative care is a limited resource in many community settings.

In 2016, Colorado voters approved Proposition 106, “Access to Medical Aid in Dying” for terminally ill Colorado residents to ease their suffering and hasten the end of their lives peacefully through medication. Where this is available and the process for administering is not well known. Similarly, palliative care, its processes and challenges, are also unclear to many people.

In this presentation and panel discussion, health care professionals who are recognized experts in their fields will provide an overview of palliative care and present information about medical aid-in-dying. The discussion will address the challenges in delivering palliative care and aid-in-dying medication in rural settings and answer questions as well as proposing solutions such as increased support, education and telemedicine. Join us for this important healthcare discussion and get your questions answered by the experts.

This program is generously underwritten by Lynn & Dr. Andrew Kaufman and is presented in partnership with the Eagle County Healthy Aging Program.

Event SPEAKER(S)

Dr. Jeanie Youngwerth

Dr. Jeanie Youngwerth

Associate Professor of Medicine

University of Colorado

Matt Stinson

Matt Stinson

Physician Assistant

Valley View Hospital

Dr. Jean Kutner

Dr. Jean Kutner

Professor of Medicine

University of Colorado

Dr. Regina Fink

Dr. Regina Fink

Associate Professor

University of Colorado

Dr. Mindy Cooper

Dr. Mindy Cooper

Nephrologist

Colorado Mountain Medical

Dr. Jean Abbott

Dr. Jean Abbott

Emergency Medicine physician

University of Colorado