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Compassion in the Matter of Life and Death: Colorado's Death with Dignity Law

  • Wednesday, April 12, 2017
  • Training 9am – 11am
  • Aurora City Hall
  • City Council Chambers
  • 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy  Aurora, Co.
(No refreshments are allowed in City Council Chambers)

Caregivers and Professionals Who Should Attend
Social work practitioners, medical, psychologists and mental health, legal/judicial, law enforcement officials and personnel, home care placement agencies, court-appointed guardians and conservators, community-center board staff and clergy. All of the above – whether paid or unpaid.

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The Colorado End-of-Life Options Act

The "Colorado End-of-Life Options Act," known as Proposition 106 (2016), was placed on the November 8, 2016 Colorado ballot as an initiated state statute.  Colorado voters passed the bill as a ballot initiative by a 2-to-1 margin. On December 16, 2016, Governor Hickenlooper signed the End-of-Life Options Act, known as Proposition 106 (2016), making it effective as Colorado’s Death with Dignity Law. Colorado is sixth state to pass a death with dignity law.

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Definition of the term "palliative care"

Palliative care is a multidisciplinary approach to specialized medical care for people with life-limiting illnesses. It focuses on providing people with relief from the symptoms, pain, physical stress and mental stress of a serious  illness. The goal of this therapy is to improve  quality of life for the person and their family.  Basically, it helps the patient cope with serious illness or end-of-life realities. When patients choose palliative care, they can begin a process focused on symptoms that can reduce their quality of life such as trouble sleeping, nausea, vomiting, constipation, loss of appetite and can be provided psychological, emotional and spiritual support. The therapy can also tend to the needs of family caregivers. A palliative care team may be composed of physicians, nurses, social workers, massage therapists, pharmacists and chaplains. The team creates a program based not on the patient's prognosis but on the challenges the patient is dealing with such as physical symptoms and psychological areas.

Planning for End-of-Life Care Decisions

Taking time to address and discuss end-of-life care while one is healthy can help family and friends respect the values and fulfill the wishes of their loved ones. The discussion could begin with a small family gathering and informing the family a will has been made, providing an opportunity to bring up end-of-life wishes. Adult children can encourage parents to discuss the type of end-of-care they would choose.  If parents are reluctant, don't force the issue, try to bring it up again at a later date.

Plan Ahead for the Next CCERAP Training

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

CCERAP provides training at no cost, thanks to financial support from the Older Americans Act, disseminated by the Colorado Department of Human Services, State Unit on Aging. CCERAP is a project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center.

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