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NewsTalk: Discussing end-of-life care and priorities

The Masconic Care Community joined Kristen Copeland for a NewsTalk, discussing an upcoming community forum about end-of-life priorities.

Posted: Sep 6, 2019 5:57 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- The Masconic Care Community joined Kristen Copeland for a NewsTalk, discussing an upcoming community forum about end-of-life priorities.

In February, the Masonic Care Community Forum showed the PBS documentary "Consider the Conversation" which opened the door to discussions on what we want at the end of our lives.

Mary Chamberlain joined NewsChannel 2 to talk about the event that will be held Thursday, Sept. 12 from 6-8 p.m. in the Masonic Care Community Auditorium.

The end-of-life conversation will continue, considering the bestselling book "Being Mortal" by Dr. Atul Gawande. Dr. Gawande, a practicing physician addresses a doctor's ultimate limitation of not being able to prevent the inevitable….death. He notes that medicine has triumphed in our lifetime, but many times the goals of medicine, run counter to the interest of the human spirit.

Medical personnel dedicated to saving lives continue to carry out procedures that end in extended suffering. Gawande believes there is a better way.

In his book, "Being Mortal" reveals the struggles of his profession, examining its ultimate limitations and failures as life draw to a close. This program will look at Dr. Gawande's thoughts on fixing the problem – talking to loved ones about what you want, your priorities at the end of life, what matters to you and the quality of life.

The Masonic Care Community Forum is a free program that includes watching the video "Being Mortal.”

Medical staff will be available to talk about the documentary and its suggestions. The event is open to everyone. For more information, contact Kathy Contino-Turner at 315-798-4768 or by email at continoturnerk@mccny.com

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