4/21/2012 9:47:00 AM Tools for positive aging explored
Fr. John Tuohey
No one is thrilled to approach the end of life on earth. But it's possible to take a positive look at the challenges and opportunities that come with aging, chronic disease and increasing fragility in life.
St Mary’s Cathedral hosts session called "Positive Aging" 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May 6 in the Cathedral Lower Center. Presentations will explore Catholic faith insights for understanding what “respect for life” means in the context of planning for a natural human end. Speakers also will examine medical and legal tools available for planning and living through the difficult time the church says “life is not ended, but merely changed.”
Keynote speaker is Father John Tuohey, founder and regional director of Providence Center for Health Care Ethics. His keynote address will cover the Catholic option for palliative care and how the tradition embraces faith and reason to give insight on death.
Also speaking is nurse Rick Warren of Providence Health and Services, who serves patients with advanced diseases, and Kevin Lucey, an attorney and cathedral parishioner who will speak on wills and trusts. Geri Bryant will speak about Archdiocese of Portland cemeteries.