Tuesday, October 12th – Daughterhood The Podcast Special Event
We invite you to join us virtually on Tuesday, October 12th 2-3 PM ET for a “Daughterhood The Podcast Special Event” when Rosanne Corcoran will be interviewing and posing your questions to Dr Jessica Zitter.
The death of a loved one often leaves caregivers exhausted, confused, traumatized and with many questions over what just happened. The shock and disbelief, even when they knew death was imminent, seems to be a consistent feeling.
Rosanne will also talk with Dr Zitter about the disconnect between what the treatment is at end of life and what actually happens. We’ll discuss the “end of life conveyor belt” that Dr Zitter describes as the automatic, unquestioning uses of machines and procedures used to keep a patient functioning, despite the prognosis or the questionable quality of life it may bring. We will also talk about the type of, and administration of drugs, especially morphine, what they do, and the fact that caregivers are sometimes put in the position of administering them, many times alone.
Jessica Zitter, M.D., MPH, specializes in Critical Care and Palliative Care Medicine and practices at a public hospital in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the author of “Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path To The End of Life.” Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Journal of the American Medical Association and other publications. Her work is featured in the Oscar and Emmy nominated documentary Extremis, as well as her film “Caregiver: A Love Story“, which you can view virtually. She is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of dying in America. Dr. zitter is also a fierce advocate for raising awareness of family caregivers and the challenges they face.
All current, former, future, and potential caregivers are welcome! Advance registration is required, and the Zoom meeting information will be sent by email upon registration. Can’t make the day and time? Sign up and we’ll send you the recording.