Marie Eaton, Director of the Palliative Care Institute at WWU and professor emerita of Fairhaven College, will talk about our community’s need for expanded palliative care services and programs. According to the PEW Research Center, roughly 10,000 Baby Boomers will turn 65 today, and about 10,000 more will cross that threshold every day for the next 19 years. As our population ages, the complexity of patients seeking care in the emergency department also increases dramatically. In addition to treatment for chronic and terminal diseases, patients increasingly need to negotiate challenges like functional and cognitive decline. Yet for both these patient groups our current medical model often prioritizes treatment over a patient’s quality of life goals. Bring your questions and thoughts about this relatively new modality that helps those who experience a decreased quality of life because of symptoms related to a serious illness or a current treatment plan.
During her more than 40 years of teaching, Prof. Eaton explored themes of Death and Dying, Childhood in America, Food Pathways, Memoir and Memory, and Music with her students.