Death is the New Sex: Discussing the Last Taboo Topic

Start time
10:00 AM Pacific
End time
11:00 AM Pacific

Presented by ASA’s Healthcare and Aging Network (HAN) 

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Includes Complimentary CEUs

Talking about sex and sexuality used to be taboo in our society. Talking about death and dying has been similarly avoided, but lately this topic is being raised not only at home but also in the workplace. Is your organization leading discussions about end-of-life planning? Are you helping your clients and other populations you serve to talk about advance directives, medical interventions, spiritual values and preferences, as well as planning options for how family members can handle a deceased loved one’s affairs? There is a groundswell of talk about what constitutes a “good” death and how to plan for it. This one-hour session will present helpful resources, plus several methods for conducting informative and supportive conversations.

Participants in this web seminar will be able to:

  • List three key components of end-of-life planning;
  • Describe at least three documents that are essential for end-of-life planning;
  • Discuss at least three methods for holding conversations around end of life planning; and,
  • Identify resources for holding conversations on death and dying.


As a caregiver for her parents for seven years until they were 95, Dori Gillam knows how to care for older adults who are aging positively and how to talk about, and make, tough end-of-life decisions that meet their wishes. Gillam is a writer and performer, and has performed a humorous story of her parents’ 70-year marriage and their dying at national conferences and theaters, has worked for six years at Senior Services in Seattle as Program Manager for “Aging Your Way,” where she engages people to create livable communities and has worked for AARP presenting Life Reimagined workshops and end-of-life planning sessions.