060_Mother Lear with Ava Roy and Courtney Walsh

Ava Roy

Does life imitate art, or vice versa? Ava Roy and Courtney Walsh are members of We Players, a San Francisco based theater group. I talk with them about this, and more, in today’s episode. The play, Mother Lear uses the words of Shakespeare in this 2 actor production about a professional woman with dementia, and her daughter.

Courtney Walsh

This one act play, both intimate and personal, transitions to an interactive Act two. The cast of 2 open it up to the audience and encourage them to share their feelings. If you are a fan of Shakespeare being introduced to a difficult topic, or seeking knowledge about a difficult topic and become a fan of Shakespeare, you won’t be disappointed!

Listen to this episode and discover:

  • What the one thing in life is that we all share.
  • What King Lear and dementia have in common.
  • Why the arts are so important for patients with dementia.

Find out more about We Players and Mother Lear on the website weplayers.org

And follow them on social media

Facebook, Intstagram, Twitter

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Advice for Future Corpses with Sallie Tisdale RN_057

Why is it so hard to say that someone died? We use the terms “passed away”, “departed”, “crossed over”, among others because we can’t say died.

Sallie Tisdale is a straight shooter. She uses her experience as a writer, a Zen Buddhist, and an RN, to educate about end of life and care of the dead in her book Advice for Future Corpses: A Practical Perspective on Death and Dying

Check out today’s episode and find out:

  • What the most common fears associated with death and dying are.
  • The impact burial and cremation have on our environment.
  • Things you should know about hospice.

Although we didn’t discuss this, Sallie mentioned PACE programs. I will do an episode on PACE in the future, but in the meantime, check out the link for more information.

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End Well with Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider_056

Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider

Palliative care is a relatively new specialty. And it, just like other medical specialties, is siloed. And the issues go beyond lack of patient education. There is a lack of physician training too.

Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider is on a mission to change that. To make the end of life experience better for everybody. With her help, Extremis and End Game are produced, and air on Netflix. These documentaries give us a “both ends of the spectrum” view of death.

Because of these issues, she has started a non-profit, called End Well ,to bring all involved industries together to talk, and figure out how to change the landscape around dying. A symposium to “unsilo” palliative care.

Listen and find out:

  • what you need to do if you don’t want aggressive medical care at the end of your life
  • the cost that family caregiving has, not just on the family, but on the economy
  • how you can make a difference in the life of your loved ones and yourself

Follow Shoshana and the End Well Project on social:

FB: @endwellproject

Twitter: @ShoshUMD

IG: @endwellsf

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Resolution Care Network with Dr. Michael Fratkin_055

Dr. Michael Fratkin

Technology and advances in medicine have increased our longevity. As a result our society is growing older and frailer. But our society is no longer set up to hold us in our frailty

The need for palliative care services is growing, and Resolution Care Network is setting the tone for outstanding care. Listen to Dr. Michael Fratkin and find out:

Check them out on Social

Facebook @resolutioncare

Twitter @michaeldfratkin

email Michael directly at


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How to Care for Aging Parents with Virginia Morris_054

Virginia Morris, a medical journalist for decades, describes caring for aging parents as a continuum of decisions. Just because the “paperwork” is in place and you “know” what your parent wants, it doesn’t prepare you for when the time comes.

End of life is a place you get to, but the path is not straight and the lines are often blurred. In today’s episode, we discuss:

  • the exploitation of the elderly
  • how hard this period of your life is, no matter how prepared you are
  • the hard questions you should ask
  • what you should make time to do

Find more about Virginia and her books How to Care for Aging Parents and Talking About Death on her website careforagingparents.com

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