Our annual Community Conversation Series is a three-evening event dedicated to exploring conversations about wishes and priorities and inspiring people to live their best life until the very last moment. All evenings are free and open to the public.
The 2021 Community Conversation Series will be hosted virtually on Zoom.
September 7 @ 6:00 p.m.
Dying is Not Giving Up
Kelly Grosklags, LICSW, 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.
September 14 @ 6:00 p.m.
Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior
Crystal Stewart and Jacob Guinan with the Oklahoma Chapter of Alzheimer's Association
Alzheimer’s 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. Crystal Stewart, Health Instructor with Tulsa Tech and Volunteer Presenter with the Alzheimer’s Association Oklahoma Chapter, will discuss 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.
September 21 @ 6:00 p.m.
Finding the Silver Linings
Jennifer Clark, 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. Dr. Jennifer Clark, Healthcare Delivery Scientist, and Dr. John Schumann, General Internist, will discuss the lasting positive changes in healthcare prompted by the pandemic.