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End of Life Issues

Date and time: Saturday, 5/3/2014
8:45 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: Western Missouri Medical Center, Conference Room One
Description: Lifelong Learning at the University of Central Missouri is offering a free two-day series to the community. Featuring six specialists in End of Life Issues, it will be held on two Saturdays, May 3 and May 10, in Western Missouri Medical Center, Conference Room One. Registration and refreshments will begin at 8:45 a.m., and the program starts at 9:00 and ends at approximately 11:30.

Useful information will be presented about frequent end of life issues and concerns affecting people entering the final quarter of their lives. The series will be valuable not only to those in this age category, but also to family members, caretakers, and those who may assist with decision-making. Each presenter will allow approximately ten minutes for reflection and questions.

Please use the Rehabilitation Services entrance on the hospital’s west side, go through the second set of sliding doors on the right, turn left and Conference Room One is a short distance down the hallway on the right. Seating space is limited to 40 persons.

The principal goal of Lifelong Learning is: to provide community programs for continued learning to people of various ages. To learn more about Lifelong Learning, please go to this website:

May 3, 2014

8:45 - Registration and Refreshments

9:00 - Welcome by Deems Brooks, Coordinator of Lifelong Learning, who will introduce Novella Perrin, Ph.D., and Coordinator of UCM’s Social Gerontology masters program. Novella will then introduce each presenter in turn.

9:05 - “Life Changes: Good Grief” - Theresa Gordon, Ph.D., coordinator of the UCM Social Work program at the Summit Center, will explain how grief may be turned into a growth opportunity rather than a detriment to physical and/or mental well being.

9:45 - “Keep It Moving and Grooving” - Janice Putnam, Ph.D., RN, CIP, and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Research Compliance Officer, and Professor of Nursing at UCM will speak about physical health challenges and how to meet them.

10:25 - “Mental Health Concerns: Dementia” - Brian Parsells, D.O., a psychiatrist who serves Pathways Mental Health System patients and visits nursing home residents one day a week will speak about types of dementia, including Alzheimer's.

11:05 - Closing Reflections and Questions (ending at approximately 11:30)
Sponsor: Extended Studies
Admission: Free
Contact: Laurel Hogue, Assistant Director