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.
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
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
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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