M101 | Successful Aging: Empowering Late Life
Decision-Making | Carolyn Siewers


Mondays

9:30 - 11:00 a.m. EST

Zoom

4/10, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22

Six Sessions 








Few of us are comfortable envisioning the late stages of our own lives, or that of loved ones. But through careful thought, communication, documenting one’s wishes, and planning for one’s needs before they become necessary, we can remain autonomous and age successfully, adjusting as needed, so we continue living as autonomously and actively as possible. Class discussions will include starting conversations with loved ones about your health care and end of life wishes, aging well at home and the new technologies that enable us to do so, balancing autonomy with the need for help; communicating effectively with doctors, medical staff, and family; having necessary legal and medical documents to ensure your wishes are carried out, caregiving and hospice care, and how being organized can make a significant difference for your peace of mind.

Carolyn Siewers is retired from a career in occupational therapy and is a certified End of Life Doula. She has worked in the medical field for more than 30 years in acute care mental health, physical rehabilitation, brain injury, neurobehavioral disorders, spinal cord injury, and complex medical recovery. She has significant experience presenting medical information in plain language to help individuals and families make informed choices in healthcare. She also has extensive knowledge and familiarity with navigating healthcare systems and services, medical terminology and jargon, medical procedures, and reviews of medical research.

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