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Panel Discussion On Living and Dying Well: important questions and conversations between generations

July 17, 2017

Panel Discussion On Living and Dying Well: important questions and conversations between generations

Mr.Kishore S Rao, Dr.Srinagesh Simha

Chair and Moderator:
Mrs.Shoba Narayan

Organised by
Bangalore International Centre,
(A TERI Initiative)

About the topic
‘In the end, these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go?” Gautama Buddha

‘The act of living well and the act of dying well are one.” Epicurus.

Philosophers and saints have reflected on death and dying for eons. Today, as medicine prolongs life, this has become an urgent issue for individuals and families. Bestselling books such as Atul Gawande’s “Being Mortal,” highlight issues about caring for the elderly and how to deal with end-of-life issues. While death is inevitable: the end of life is different for each person. Ideas such as a “Living Will:” allow individuals to specify how they want to be treated in the tail end of their lives. And you don’t have to be old to write a Living Will. In the US, people write a Living Will in their fifties and sixties.

End of Life Care (EOLC) is support for people who are in their last months or years of life. It is meant to help patients live as well as possible until they die, with due attention to their wishes and preferences, including a choice of location of care and place of death (hospital or home). This care is inclusive of the patient’s family: caregivers and significant others and is an essential service in any medical facility, especially since it provides crucial support for transitions in critical illness.

In this conversation, two experts discuss questions both specific and general about End-of-Life Care. What is palliative care? How can a hospice help? How do you discuss the extent of care with the terminally ill? To what extent should you “throw medicine” at a person in the last years of their life through complicated procedures and visits to the ICU? How do you have a conversation with parents, siblings or spouse about how you would like to die? Where do you even begin? In the event, questions such as these will be asked and explored? There will even be a role play of how to ask such questions to your loved ones in a way that is both empathetic and helpful.

Mr. Kishore Rao
Retired in 1992 as General Manager of a Profit Centre of Madura Coats after about thirty years’ service Started Karnataka branch of Indian Cancer Society in 1986. He is currently the Chairman of this organisation. Started Karunashraya – Bangalore Hospice Trust in 1994 for terminally ill cancer patients and their families. Functioned as Founder — Managing Trustee for 18 years and now as Chairman since 2012.

Kishore has been awarded the Karnataka Rajyotsava Award to Karunashraya in 2006 and as `Bengaluru Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award’ by NBF for 2016. He is a Member, Ethics Committee of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (Nimhans), and the Bangalore Medical Services Trust (Rotary TTK Blood Bank) Bangalore.

Dr. Srinagesh Simha
Dr. Srinagesh Simha has got his M.Sc, Degree in Palliative Medicine from Cardiff University during 2011. He was the Chairman and Medical Director, Karunashraya Hospice, Bangalore till 2013. He is involved in in-patient care of advanced and terminally ill cancer patients at Karunashraya Hospice Bangalore since May 1999. He is also a certified trainer in communications skills.

He is the co-author of Communication Skills in Palliative Care

Mrs. Shoba Naravan
Shoba Narayan is an author, journalist and columnist. She has written for a number of national and international publications. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is deeply interested in relationships.

Panel Discussion on Wednesday | 19th July 2017 | 6.30 PM

Bangaore International Centre,
TERI Complex,
4th Main, 2nd Stage,
Domlur II Stage,
Bangalore – 560 071.

Enquiry: 98865 99675

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