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The 2016 Gerontology Symposium - Aging in Community

Friday, May 20, 2016

Franklin Conference Center at the Howe Center

Rutland, Vermont


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Keynote Address - Vital Aging

Keynote Speaker is Karen Newman, MS, a cancer survivor and world record-breaking triathlete.

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Celebrate the Sounds of Life: Hearing Loss and What You Need to Know


May is Better Speech and Hearing Month! Expand your knowledge about the auditory system, as well as treatment and rehabilitation options for individuals with hearing loss. Take home communication strategies that can benefit all. Hearing loss affects community members of all ages and this class is designed for individuals with hearing loss, their family members and friends. A courtesy cleaning and evaluation of participants' hearing aids will be offered following the session. (Class limited to 45 participants) Presented by: Julie Stefanski, Au.D., F-AAA, Board Certified in Audiology, UVM Medical Center

Monday, May 9, 2016, 6:00-7:30 pm, UVM Medical Center, Main Campus, McClure Lobby Conference Room


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Free Screening of PBS Frontline "Being Mortal" - Film Explores End-of-Life Care

The Community Senior Center of Richmond, Huntington and Bolton will hold a free screening of the documentary “Being Mortal” on May 12, 7 p.m. at The Richmond Public Library. After the screening, audience members can participate in a guided conversation on how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences.

“Being Mortal” delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows a surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters. When Dr. Gawande’s own father gets cancer, his search for answers about how best to care for the dying becomes a personal quest. The film sheds light on how a medical system focused on a cure often leaves out the sensitive conversations that need to happen so a patient’s true wishes can be known and honored at the end.

“Being Mortal” underscores the importance of people planning ahead and talking with family members about end-of-life decisions.

Seventy percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70 percent die in hospitals and institutions. Ninety percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of-life care, yet only 30 percent have done so.

In February 2015, “Being Mortal” aired nationally on the PBS program “Frontline.” For more information about the film, visit The film is adapted from Dr. Gawande’s 2014 nationally best selling book of the same name. More information about the book is at

The free screening is made possible by a grant from The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America.

For more information about the free screening or to register, contact Lorraine Rigutto, 434-5634 or Debbie Worthley, 434-3169.

Space is limited, registration is recommended.


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