1. Upcoming Events
- Permit Natural Dying for patients with Devastating Irreversible Brain States, University of California Irvine Medical School, April 13, 2007. For professionals only; please call 800 581 6131 for details.
2. Recent presentations, 2006-2007
- "Death With Dignity" is now available in San Diego! sponsored by the Hemlock Society of San Diego, San Diego, CA. Here, Dr. Terman presents the goals and means of responding to end of life choices and then compares Caring Advocates to Compassion & Choices, and to Final Exit Network.
- BEYOND "DEATH WITH DIGNITY":
--A legal peaceful alternative to physician-assisted dying.
--Shall we Permit Natural Dying for end-stage dementia?
sponsored by The Socrates Death Fellowship, Northbrae Community Church, Berkeley, CA
- Starting End-of-Life Conversations sponsored by Stephen's Ministry, South Coast United Methodist Church, La Mesa, CA
- The Best Way to Say Goodbye: What choices do we have at the end of life? Sponsored by End-of-Life Choices, San Marcos, CA
- How to deal with the recommendations not to create and not to honor Living Wills and Advance Directives, by President's Council on Bioethics, in their report, "Taking Care: Ethical Care Giving in an Aging Society." sponsored by Bioethics Luncheon Group. University of California, Irvine, CA
- Five Wishes + Two: Planning for Peaceful End-of-Life Transitions by Living Wills, Proxy Directives, and support groups with Rev. Dr. Christina Tillotson, co-sponsored by Seaside Center for Spiritual Living, and Caring Advocates, Encinitas, CA
- Toward an Iron Clad Plan for Dementia, sponsored by Compassion & Choices; Challenge in Choice : Pre-Conference Sessions of the World Congress of Right-to-Die Societies, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Trusting Circles of our Ultimate Transition, sponsored by Caring Advocates, Carlsbad, CA
- A critique of the President’s Council on Bioethics’ September 2005 report, “Taking Care: Ethical Care giving in Our Aging Society” sponsored by Bioethics Luncheon Discussion Group, held at UC Irvine
- Concerns about California’s bill to legalize Physician-Assisted Dying, panel member, Bioethics Luncheon Discussion Group, held at UC Irvine
- Falls from Grace: Professionals who assist those who wish to hasten their dying, Bioethics Luncheon Discussion Group, held at UC Irvine
- The Sanctity of MANY Lives, Bioethics Luncheon Discussion Group at UC Irvine
3. Topics on which Dr. Stan Terman can present
Should we legalize Physician-Assisted Suicide?
What are the ethical, moral, and religious implications of Physician-Assisted Suicide? Is it a good law in terms of protecting individuals from impulsive deaths? Do we really need a new law, or do legal clinical alternatives already exist? How well is Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act working?
What should we learn from the case of Terri Schiavo?
Was she being played like a political football resulting from political polarization? How can we make sure our Advance Directives will be followed in light of the awesome power of legislators, governors, and judges? Can society afford to indefinitely maintain people who have lost their awareness?
Can we plan for a dignified death if the diagnosis is Alzheimer’s disease?
What special considerations need to be included in Advance Directives? When that “time” comes, will you be able to meet the potential challenges? As a family member, how can you approach a loved one who has just been diagnosed in the earliest stage, to discuss the options?
Does art reflect life?
The best American and foreign films of 2005 both dealt with hastening death: Million Dollar Baby and The Sea Inside? Recent award-winning films about Alzheimer’s disease include A Song for Martin, Iris, and The Notebook. –But how accurately does Hollywood portray reality?
- How to lay the groundwork so you or your loved one will not have to endure prolonged end-of-life suffering.
- What is the legal alternative to physician-assisted suicide?
- Can Alzheimer’s disease be prevented or delayed? What should patients consider if they were recently diagnosed?
- Detecting and treating depression in terminally ill patients, their caregivers and their families.
- How to prove someone is legally competent to make decisions.