The Conversation Project Comes to St Louis County Libraries

Using the Conversation Starter Kit, the Gateway End-of-Life Coalition will guide participants through the steps and considerations for having a discussion about end-of-life wishes.  An attorney and notary will be present for those ready to complete their advance directives. Click here for a flyer to share.

Friday, October 6, 2017 2:00 pm                   Weber Road
Friday, October 13, 2017 10:00 am               Grant’s View
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 2:00 pm      Bridgeton Trails
Thursday, November 16, 2017 10:00 am      Prairie Commons
Thursday, January 11, 2018 6:30 pm            Florissant Valley

October 18 The Art of 'Companioning' the Mourner: Caring Versus Curing

In this informative seminar hosted by Baue Funeral Homes, Dr. Alan Wolfelt will help participants enhance their understanding of “complicated” mourning. Special focus will be placed on learning a comprehensive assessment model related to factors that naturally influence complications of grief and mourning. Click here for more information.

October 22-24, 2017 Midwest Regional Conference on Palliative & End of Life Care

Sponsored by the Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Association, this conference at the Hilton, St Louis Frontenac is designed to assist health care professionals in understanding the health care issues when treatment changes from curative to palliative care.  Palliative care focuses on comfort and quality of life rather than cure and prolongation of life.   Palliative care is the foundation of hospice services, however the principles are applicable to any setting where care is being provided to the terminally ill.  Click here for more information or to register.

October 24, Minimization of Medications in End-of-Life Care

As individuals approach the end-of-life they often desire to minimize the use of medications and prescribers are often asked by patients or caregivers to discontinue medications used to manage chronic disease states.  Clinician’s  can struggle with constructing a rationale medical plan to deal with medication use at the end-of-life.  This presentation by Mary Mihalyo, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, will address the issues surrounding minimization of medication use in end-of-life care and propose a rationale approach to managing the dilemma of “to continue or to discontinue” select medications in end-of-life care.  Click here for more information and to register.

November 16, Oxygen for Caregivers: How to Guard Against Burnout

The 35th Annual Hospice of Conference of Southwestern Illinois at SIU Edwardsville features key note Simon Fox, Executive Director, Adventures in Caring Foundation and much more. Click here  for the conference flyer.   Click here to register.

Monthly Caregiver Classes (various dates)

These classes are designed to support family and friends who provide care at home for loved ones coping with serious health challenges.  There are different topics addressed to educate on how to help with care and to prepare for future/end-of-life needs.  An interested participant can attend one class, any or all classes. Click here for the  flyer or website.

SAVE THESE DATES:

November 11-20, 2017 Conversation Sabbatth.  The conversation project is sponsoring it again this year with the goal of bringing their mission and message to faith community across the US.  For more information check out the blog here.

April 16, 2018 National Healthcare Decisions Day aims to help people across the U.S. understand the value of advance healthcare planning.