National Program Offered Locally in Wausau

Improving Care for Veterans Facing Illness and Death
National Program Offered Locally

The Hospice Foundation of America's 20th Annual Living with Grief ®Program entitled “Improving Care for Veterans Facing Illness and Death” will be presented on Tuesday, May 14, 12:30-4pm at Marathon County Public Library, 300 First Street in Wausau. The pre-recorded program is moderated by Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University. The program will assist end-of-life care provider organizations and health and human service professionals in enhancing their sensitivities and understanding of veterans and to provide professionals with new interventions to better serve dying veterans and their families. Attention is placed on veteran generations now aging and most likely to be seen in end-of-life care (WWII, Korean War, Vietnam). The program also looks organizationally at military benefits and intersections with VA systems and will explore the traditions and sensitivities of grieving families and resources that can assist them.

Mr. Sesno will lead the panel of noted authorities that includes: Scott T. Shreve, DO, National Director, Hospice of Palliative Care, Dept. of Veterans Affairs; Deborah Grassman, ARNP, Author, Lecturer, Consultant, Dept. of Veterans Affairs; Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, Professor of Gerontology, The College of New Rochelle, and Senior Consultant, Hospice Foundation of America; Paul Tschudi, MA, EdS, LPC, Assistant Professor/Director, The George Washington University, and Vietnam veteran; and Ryan Weller, MSW, LCSW, Palliative Care Program Manager, Portland VA Medical Center.

This special event, open to everyone in the community, is sponsored by Ministry Home Care – Hospice Services. Participation is free and no pre-registration is necessary. Companion books titled Improving Care for Veterans may be purchased at the event for $16. Continuing Education contact hours are available online through HFA. For more information, call Ministry Home Care at 800-398-1297.

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