This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.
A facilitated discussion about some of the issues raised in the book Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. The objective is to encourage participants to think about what is important to them as they age and how to navigate their future on their own terms. Handouts and information regarding community resources will be provided. Issues to be considered are: process of aging and dying; independence and dependence; late life choices and making your choices known - hard conversations; and courage to act on the truth we find.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Janet Seeley, M.D., Ph.D., is an Allergy and Respiratory Disease specialist. She practiced in Larimer County 20 years before retiring in 2009. One of the most rewarding aspects of her job was putting patients and their families in the "driver’s seat" by helping them ask questions, understand their chronic illness, and develop a written care-management plan. She now volunteers with Sharing the Care (SharingTheCareCampaign.com), focusing on empowering seniors (including herself) and their families to understand the aging process, talk about what matters most to them and document their end-of-life wishes based on those values. She also chairs the Summitstone Health Partners board.