Learn about ‘Being Mortal’ in Peabody

March 20, 2017

 

PEABODY The Jeffrey and Susan Brudnick Center for Living is showing “Being Mortal,” a documentary about end-of-life decision making, from 3-5 p.m. Thursday at 240 Lynnfield St. in Peabody.

A discussion on setting end-of-life goals and preferences will follow the screening with industry experts, including a physician, social worker, nurse and spiritual counselor guiding the conversation.

The Brudnick Center is operated by Chelsea Jewish Lifecare. The senior care provider serves 800 people daily at facilities in Peabody and Chelsea.

“Being Mortal” delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors.

It follows a surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters. When Gawande’s own father gets cancer, his search for answers about how best to care for the dying becomes a personal quest.

The film sheds light on how a medical system focused on a cure often leaves out the sensitive conversations that need to happen so a patient’s true wishes can be known and honored at the end.

“Being Mortal” underscores the importance of people-planning ahead and talking with family members about end-of-life decisions. An estimated 70 percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but most die in hospitals and institutions.

It is estimated 90 percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of-life care, yet only 30 percent have done so.

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Refreshments will be served and attendees will have the opportunity to speak with the panelists on a one-to-one basis.

In February 2015, “Being Mortal” aired nationally on the PBS program “Frontline.” The free screening is made possible by a grant from The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America.

For more information about the film, visit http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/being-mortal. The film is adapted from Gawande’s 2014 nationally best-selling book of the same name.

For more information about the event or to make reservation, contact Jill Hurley at jhurley@chelseajewish.org or (617) 889- 0779.

Chelsea Jewish Lifecare employs more than 1,000 people and offers a full continuum of services. The Chelsea Jewish Foundation (www.chelseajewish.org) is redefining senior care and re-envisioning what life should be like for those living with disabling conditions.

The elder-care community includes a wide array of skilled and short-term rehab residences, traditional and specialized assisted living options, memory care, independent living, adult day health, geriatric care management, home care, personal care and hospice agencies that deliver customized and compassionate care.