Includes one complimentary Continuing Education (CE) credit.
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As humans, we would like to think we have an infinite amount of time on this earth. However, the reality is, our time will eventually run out. For some this is a scary thought, while others find comfort in some version of an afterlife. Regardless of what people think about death, many individuals don’t feel comfortable talking about death, dying and grieving.
While talking about death is not easy, end-of-life planning is vital to ensuring that an individual’s wishes are carried out at the end of their life. It is especially important to ensure that proper documentation is in order to ease the burden of decision-making on their loved ones.
This webinar will provide information on how professionals can help to prepare older adults and their families for difficult conversations about death, dying and grieving.
Participants in this webinar will be able to:
- Understand the reasons why death is a taboo topic in today’s society
- Realize the importance of end-of-life planning
- Learn ways that older adults can make their wishes known
- Review the options for end-of-life care
- Discover resources to aid families in planning for death, the dying process and grieving
Lakelyn Hogan, PhD, is a gerontologist and caregiver advocate at Home Instead. She educates professionals in aging, families and communities on the unique challenges that older adults face and the resources available to help them thrive. Hogan has worked in the private and public sectors of senior care services and has spoken at national and international conferences on caregiving and aging, plus serves as a resource to the media. She is a board member of the National Alliance for Caregiving, board chair for the Dreamweaver Foundation and vice chair of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Dementia Care Provider Roundtable.
Julie Masters, PhD, is professor and chair of the Department of Gerontology at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO). She also holds the Terry Haney Chair of Gerontology. Masters teaches courses on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and UNO campuses and works with honors and graduate students interested in end-of-life issues. Her research interests include health aging, end-of-life planning and caregiving.