The Westchester End-of-Life Coalition is made up of people who live and work in Westchester County, NY. The Coalition seeks to expand awareness of the importance of end-of-life issues and informs professionals and the public about available services. As a community-based coalition we draw on local resources to support those at the end of life, their families and their caregivers.
We envision and work toward a community where all those with life-limiting conditions are able to die with dignity, at peace, pain-free, in a place and manner of their choosing—a community where the dying and their families receive excellent and compassionate timely care and support. ...MORE ABOUT US...
The 2013 National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) is April 16.
NHDD is a national day set aside to encourage individuals age 18 or older to have family discussions about personal values and beliefs, to choose a spokesperson, and to complete a Health Care Proxy. Volunteers will provide information and assistance for NHDD in several Westchester public libraries on April 16.
See Flyer for Details: NHDD Volunteer Training Flyer
Westchester End-of-Life Coalition, Compassion & Choices of New York, and the Health Advocacy Program at Sarah Lawrence College
invite you to join us on April 18, 2013 for this compelling update and discussion
See Flyer for details: Living with Dying in America: Assisted Dying 15 Years after Oregon
News and Narratives of Interest
An article in the fall 2012 issue of the Health Advocacy Bulletin, The Journal of the Health Advocacy Program at Sarah Lawrence College, by Vicki Breitbart, Director of the Program and one of WELC’s Advisory Board Members, addresses a situation experienced by many of us as caregivers for elderly parents.
Vicki’s mother, age 93 and living independently, began to steadily decline, losing sight, hearing, and mobility. When she was admitted to the hospital for surgery, the downward spiral was accelerated by a cascade of interventions, poor communication, uncoordinated care, and challenges to her agency. “With all my knowledge about the health care system, we still were caught in the irrational, uncoordinated and often chaotic care for the elderly ill and dying,” writes Vicki. …READ MORE…