|Session||First 6 weeks 12-Sep|
This course is based on Being Mortal, written by best-selling author, Atul Gawande. Dr.Gawande explores the many facets involved as we face the end of our lives. He writes, 'We have been wrong about what our job is in medicine. We think it is to insure health and survival. But really, ...it is to enable well-being'. We will use this book as well as many other sources to inform our conversation about this important topic. The course text is Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande, M.D.
Coordinator: Marilyn Nouri
Marilyn is retired from the State University of New York in Oneonta where she taught courses in sociology, gerontology, research methods, and health care.
|The Art of Discernment in the Second Half of Life|
|Session||Second 6 weeks 22-Oct|
How well do you address the role of emotions and the spirit along with objective information in making hard decisions? This is called 'discernment'. The course is experiential. We will participate in group discernment on questions brought by class members (e.g. living arrangements, health care decisions, relationships, activities, letting go decisions). A process similar to the Quaker Clearness Committee technique will be utilized. Participation is key to a successful course outcome.
Coordinator: Frank Noonan
Frank is professor emeritus at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is certified in spiritual direction and counseling and is also a hospice volunteer.
|What Can Hospice Do for You?|
|Session||First 6 weeks 11-Sep|
This class will teach the fundamentals of hospice care which treats individuals facing a terminal diagnosis. Students will learn how an interdisciplinary team works together to provide symptom management, assist with various emotions and provide spiritual support. The class is designed for the layperson and will strive to give a very clear understanding of end of life care, to remove the stigma of death as a topic that is not discussed, and to understand death as a part of life. Should the need for hospice care ever arise, class participants will be well prepared to make an educated decision on what would be best for their family. Please note: This course will be repeated in the second 6-week session.
Coordinator: Kathy Creedon
After twenty years in the telecommunications industry, Kathy began working in the hospice field and found her passion there. As a volunteer coordinator, she not only trained others to be a part of end-of-life work but also unexpectedly benefitted from that experience when family members needed that special support themselves.