End of Life Choices New York is a leading organization in New York working to improve end of life care and expand end of life options, to ensure a humane and peaceful death. They address issues such as quality of health care, health care choices, and human rights, autonomy, justice and the relief of human suffering.
Through funding from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) and the All of Us Research Program, End of Life Choices New York is expanding their programming to offer additional community education presentations on end of life issues at New York libraries. The overall goals of the program are to educate seniors and caregivers, provide resources that will improve quality of life at the end of life, and to promote the respect of healthcare wishes. This opportunity is open to libraries in Long Island (Suffolk and Nassau), Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Bronx, Westchester, and Rockland counties; possibly to Dutchess, Orange, Albany, Ulster, and Monroe county.
Two educational presentations are available:
Planning for a Better End of Life: This 60-minute program is designed to educate seniors and caregivers about their rights and options at the end of life. Attendees will learn about the benefits of palliative care, the benefits of hospice, how to inform their doctor about their end of life goals and treatment preferences, the difference between a health care proxy, living will and DNR; and New York state laws. This program is also available in Spanish.
Being Mortal: Rights, Choices, and Important Conversations: This 90-minute program is designed to promote discussion about advance care planning, healthcare proxy forms, treatment options, and health care rights. It includes the screening of the 50 minute PBS Frontline documentary Being Mortal, based on the New York Times bestselling book Being Mortal by Dr. Atul Gawande.
If your institution would be interested in hosting one or both of these programs between January and April 2020, or if you have any questions about the programs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.