Choices and Consequences with Denise Michaud, Mary Taverna, LaVera Crawley, K. Bruce Friedman and moderated by Kim Mulvihill.
When you or someone you love reaches the end stages of life, many decisions must be made about whether extra care is needed, which care is appropriate and how to pay for any care that is given. The panelists take a closer look at the factors that go into making choices about end-of-life care, including financial, cultural and personal preferences.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Research) with research interests in population ethics, health disparities in palliative care, and race/ethnicity and trust in healthcare.
Co-editor, International Estate Planning , Matthew Bender, 1992. Lecturer in Law, University of California Law School, Berkeley, 1966-1976. Fellow: American College of Trust and Estate Counsel; American Bar Foundation. Certified Specialist, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, and Taxation Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.
Denise Michaud, a notary public, is a secretary for the City of South Portland Parks Department. Previously, she held positions in information technology and administrative capacities.
Ms. Michaud attended Southern Maine Community College and has completed numerous computer courses. Denise Michaud has lived in South Portland for 40 years.
Mary Taverna was originally a nurse and founding member of Hospice By The Bay and later became its executive director then CEO. She was elected foundation president in 1997 and elected president
and CEO of Hospice By The Bay and Hospice By The Bay Foundation in 2005.
Throughout her 30-year career she has been instrumental in furthering the development of the hospice movement internationally, and serves as Chair of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Board.
Home or hospital for relieving physical and emotional suffering of dying persons. In patients expected to live only months or weeks, hospice care offers an alternative to aggressive life-prolonging measures, which often only increase discomfort and isolation. Hospices provide a sympathetic environment in which prevention (not just control) of physical pain has top priority, along with patients' emotional and spiritual needs. Care may be provided in a health facility, on an outpatient basis, or at home.