USF Sarasota-Manatee aging issues expert to discuss planning for care through end of life

On Wednesday, February 16 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s Institute for Public Policy and Leadership, in conjunction with the Sarasota Living Expo 2011, will present the first lecture in the Faculty Showcase Series, entitled “Planning for Care Through the End of Life.”  The event will be held in USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Selby Auditorium, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, and is co-sponsored by Alderman Oaks LifeCare Services.

The speaker for the event will be Dr. Kathy Black, an associate professor of Social Work/Gerontology at USF Sarasota-Manatee and expert in end-of-life planning and aging issues.  Black will explain the growing importance of long-range planning for care and offer recommendations for individuals and families to facilitate advance care planning throughout life.

As the nation’s population continues to live longer and more people enjoy activities longer, many will experience years of functional and cognitive decline.  Planning and preparing for care throughout the end of life is critical, and oftentimes not enough planning results in less than satisfactory care during the “golden years.” Good advance planning for health care decisions is a continuing conversation – about values, priorities, the meaning of one’s life, and quality of life.  The USF Sarasota-Manatee lecture aims to address those issues and more.

Books on how to care for the aging will be distributed to the first 50 people who sign in the day of the event.  For more information or to register for this event, please visit http://www.sarasota.usf.edu/ippl or call the USF Sarasota-Manatee hotline at (941) 359-4602.