Emergency Information Take Over
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Participants took notes on the presentations so they could share the information with family and friends who could not attend.
The sessions are designed to be casual, informative presentations on health care issues that are important to the community, but they are not all fun and games. “We are not here just to entertain you, we are here to educate you,” Dean Reece told the audience. He encouraged participants not to get overwhelmed by the amount of information presented, but to focus on the issues that mean the most to them and their families and learn all they can about those areas. “This is something we believe we have an obligation to do,” added Dean Reece. “To the extent we can educate our neighbors about their lifestyles and making healthier choices, we can help them live longer, healthier lives.”
End-of-life issues, both legal and ethical, were the topic of the first night’s presentation, given by Henry Silverman, MD, MA, professor of Medicine, and Leslie Meltzer Henry, JD, MSc, PhD, an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Law. This subject generated quite a bit of discussion among participants, who asked anxious questions about who had the right to make such decisions for them if they were not able to speak for themselves. Participants learned about legal documents such as advanced directives and legal wills, and the legal steps needed to ensure their wishes are honored in the event of sudden tragedy. Dr. Silverman also presented actual case studies to help the audience better appreciate just how difficult making these decisions can be for both family and medical professionals when there are no directions in place.
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Our youngest graduate, Aria Redman-Hoel, came every week with mom Lauren, earning both of them a Mini-Med diploma.
Dean Reece congratulated Jacqueline Harmon, our oldest graduate, who is 92 years young.