Community Conversation Series

Our fall Community Conversation Series is a three-evening event dedicated to starting the conversation, sharing information and providing the tools needed to put one’s priorities and desires into action. Keynote speakers lead discussions about end-of-life care and living for what matters most.

Click the buttons below to watch the recordings of the 2021 Community Conversation Series.

Dying is Not Giving Up
Kelly Grosklags, LCSW, BCD, FAAGC
“Dying Is Not Giving Up” is changing how medical providers have difficult conversations in patient care. In this award-winning documentary, a woman shares her experience from her terminal diagnosis to her final days, revealing simple and impactful opportunities for providers to add compassion and empathy to their practice and for patients to become greater self-advocates. The evening will feature a screening of the documentary and a Q&A with Kelly Grosklags, the Board-Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work featured in the documentary.

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior
Crystal Stewart, BSN

Alzheimer's is not normal aging. It is a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s can be challenging and often causes anguish and frustration. Learn the key points of understanding Alzheimer’s and how to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers and employ different strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.

Finding the Silver Linings
Jennifer Clark, MD and John Schumann, MD
There’s no denying that the pandemic has been a struggle and changed the lives of many. So, we seek light in the darkness to reveal the positive changes encouraged by the obstacles we faced in healthcare. From telehealth to mRNA vaccines to updated infectious disease practices to improved patient advocacy, COVID-19 has inspired new ways of thinking. Guest speakers will discuss the positive changes in healthcare brought on by the pandemic that are here to stay.