Meetings & Events


Upcoming:

Monday, January 8, 2018 — Passing Resolutions: How Your Community Can Help Influence the Passage of Medical Aid in Dying

Monday, January 8, 2018
12:15–2:00 pm
William K. Sanford Town Library (Colonie)   Map
629 Albany Shaker Rd, Albany, NY 12211

Are you a supporter of the pending Medical Aid in Dying Act and wondering what you can do to influence lawmakers and get the legislation passed? We have the perfect opportunity for you. Compassion and Choices along with Death with Dignity–Albany will be presenting information and gathering volunteers to help pass city and county resolutions in support of the pending legislation. We have learned from our friends in California, Colorado, and DC how helpful these resolutions can be and how powerful it is for state legislators to hear from local municipalities. At this meeting Amanda Cavanaugh (Campaign Organizer for Compassion & Choices NY and Advocacy Coordinator for Death with Dignity Albany) will be sharing a toolkit with folks with step by step instructions on how to go about passing these types of resolutions. As you may know, our movement relies heavily on grassroots support and this effort cannot be successful without your help.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 — Get Your Affairs in Order  +  Digital Estate Planning

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
12:15–2:00 pm
William K. Sanford Town Library (Colonie)   Map
629 Albany Shaker Rd, Albany, NY 12211

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 — Dignity Through the Life Cycle

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
12:15–2:00 pm
William K. Sanford Town Library (Colonie)   Map
629 Albany Shaker Rd, Albany, NY 12211

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018  ( Date Tentative )  — Lobby Day

Tuesday, May 1, 2018  ( Date Tentative )
New York State Capitol

Supporters & advocates will travel to Albany from across the state to rally in support of New York’s Medical Aid in Dying Act and visit with their own Assembly Members and Senators, as well as other key lawmakers poised to take a vote on the bill. Mark your calendar to join us, and watch for further details!


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NOTE: When videos of program meetings and/or slides from the meetings are available, they are indicated at the end of the program description. They also can be accessed from our Resources page.

 

December 6, 2017: The Conversation — Talking to Your Loved Ones

Have you had “the conversation” — the conversation with your loved ones about your wishes and preferences for end-of-life care? Unless you talk about it ahead of time, they won’t know how to proceed if they need to make difficult decisions on your behalf. This program, based on the work of The Conversation Project, will provide you with materials, tools and tips for having these conversations. If you’ve been hesitating, or just need a jump-start, this program will be helpful to you. No program video will be available.

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October 24, 2017: Legal Planning for Your Final Years

Attorneys Margaret Vella and Andrew Carbone will review the necessary documents to ensure that your end-of-life wishes will be honored. They will discuss Wills, Powers of Attorney, “Living Wills” or Advance Care Directives, Healthcare Proxies, and other topics. No program video will be available.

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September 12, 2017: Graceful Exits: Living Well Until the End

This participative program will provide an opportunity to talk informally about death with dignity and end-of-life concerns. The program will feature confidential, facilitated conversations in small groups. Topics will be determined by participants, and could include subjects such as factors to consider when choosing your health care proxy, dealing with religious objections to end of life decisions, coping with fear of dying, and everyday ways to advocate for death with dignity. No program video will be available.

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July 10, 2017: Providing Comfort at End of Life Through Hospice and Palliative Care

Beth Mahar, Director of Operations for the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of NY State (HPCANYS), will chair a panel exploring the provisions of hospice and palliative care to terminally ill patients. Provider services, legal restrictions/requirements, qualifying conditions, and the role of hospice and palliative services in end-of-life care will be explored in an interactive format. The program video is available at https://vimeo.com/228665743 The program slides are available in our library.

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June 13, 2017: Voluntarily Stopping Eating & Drinking (VSED): A End-of-Life Option

Judith Schwarz, RN, PhD, the Clinical Director of End of Life Choices NY, will present information about VSED, which is a legal option in New York State. Implications for both the patient and family, and responsibilities for caregivers will be featured. Information will also be presented about how provisions for VSED can be included in Advance Care Directives in the event of loss of decision-making capacity due to Alzheimer’s or dementia. The program video is available at https://vimeo.com/222398882 The program slides are available in our library.

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May 9, 2017: Lobby Day

Supporters and advocates will travel to Albany from across the state to rally in support of New York’s Medical Aid in Dying Act and visit with their own Assembly Members and Senators, as well as other key lawmakers poised to take a vote on the bill. Mark your calendar to join us. No video is available.

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May 4, 2017: Communicating Effectively With Legislators

This program will feature opportunities to learn effective strategies and techniques for communicating with legislators and ensuring that your feelings are articulated in a clear and robust manner. Observations of role-playing scenarios and a conversation with a New York State official will assist those in attendance to learn “how to make difference” when communicating with your elected representatives. No program video is available.

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March 22, 2017: Being Mortal

We will show the 2015 PBS FRONTLINE program on Dr. Atul Gawande, author of the best-selling book Being Mortal, followed by a discussion afterwards. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying, and shows how doctors are often remarkably untrained, ill-suited and uncomfortable talking about chronic illness and death with their patients. No program video is available.

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December 7, 2016: Palliative Care and Hospice

Dr. David S. Pratt, MD, MPH will discuss the services provided through Palliative Care and Hospice. Who is eligible? What is included? When should people become involved? What is the process for getting these services? The program video is available at https://vimeo.com/197916413 The program slides are available in our library.

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October 25, 2016: Controlling Your Destiny: Legal Documents That Work

Estate Planning isn’t just about money—it is also choosing the people you want to speak for you when you are no longer able, and providing them with the legal authority to carry out your wishes. Attorney Louis W Pierro will discuss Advance Directives, DNR orders, and how to have frank, honest discussions about your choices with family, physicians, attorneys and caregivers. The program video is available at https://vimeo.com/191491688.

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September 29, 2016: Clergy Perspectives on End-of-Life Options

An interfaith panel of nationally and locally prominent clergy members will explore how their ethical and religious beliefs relate to end-of-life options in the context of pending legislation in New York authorizing medical aid in dying. Panelists will include Dr. David M. Gordis, Rev. Dr. Eric S. Shaw, and Dr. William Levering. The program video is available at https://vimeo.com/188313601.

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May 10, 2016: Compassion & Choices Lobby Day

Our next New York Lobby Day will be Tuesday, May 10. It’s an important opportunity to share your personal story and continue to build support with face-to-face interactions. No experience is needed. Compassion & Choices will organize teams for visits with your Senator and Assembly Member, and will provide training, materials and talking points in advance.

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May 3, 2016: Showing of Film “How to Die in Oregon”

Peter Richardson’s award-winning 2011 documentary takes you into the lives of terminally ill men and women as they face end-of-life decisions and consider availing themselves of Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act, which was enacted in 1997.

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March 23, 2016: Moving From Thought to Action: How YOU Can Make a Difference!

Wondering about the status of lobbying efforts to pass legislation on end of life options? Looking for a way to get involved? Please join us at this meeting for a very practical discussion.

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Feb. 9, 2016: Program

Albany Law School Government Law Center presents: “Death with Dignity: The Role of Medical Professionals from Legal and Medical Perspectives.” Speakers: David Leven, Esq., Director, End of Life Choices New York and Timothy Quill, M.D., Director of the Center for Ethics, Humanities and Palliative Care, University of Rochester.

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Dec. 3, 2015: Discussion

Let’s Talk: Group Discussions about Death with Dignity and End of Life Issues  Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 – 12:15 – 1:45 pm William K Sanford Town Library Albany-Shaker Road, Colonie, NY Previous meetings presented by Death with Dignity-Albany have featured guest speakers who were experts in their field. Now it’s…

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October 24, 2015: Albany Law School Senior Citizens Law Day

Death with Dignity–Albany will be hosting an information table during the day at the Resource Fair at Albany Law School’s 21st annual Senior Citizens’ Law Day. The day will feature a full schedule of workshops on 30 topics facilitated by attorneys, financial advisors and other experts.

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October 8, 2015: Presentation

“I Did It My Way . . . Legal and Practical Issues in End of Life Decisions,” presented by Attorney Louis W. Pierro. Advance care planning is critical to ensuring that your final wishes are carried out. This session will explore what works, what doesn’t, and how to make your best case for death with dignity within the current legal framework.

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