From my experience as a social worker, I believe there are two types of older people: those who face the possibility that the road ahead may be bumpy and are unwilling to develop a plan to soften the journey and those who recognize “growing old isn't for sissies” as Bette Davis quipped, and choose a thoughtful plan for their later years.
These visionaries often join organizations such as At Home in Greenwich, a nonprofit that offers a variety of assistance that protects one’s independence and quality of life, making it possible for individuals to live life to the fullest in their own homes as they grow older.
At Home members are often looking for opportunities to meet new people; they may need a ride to their doctor appointment or a carpenter to make household repairs. Members patiently listen to me as I recommend grab bars for the bathroom, a smooth transition to a rehab after surgery or additional help in the home to make life easier.
These forward-thinking members are looking at the bend in the road and want to feel prepared for what lies ahead. So it wasn’t a surprise to me when conversations extended to decisions regarding the end of life.
For this reason, At Home in Greenwich is offering a series to explore end- of- life decisions. We invite the public to join us as we view the film, “How to Die in Oregon,” the winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011, which offers an important look at courage, dignity and compassion at the end of life.
Compassionate aid in dying preserves human dignity and prevents needless suffering. On Thursday, November 7 at 10 am we will explore these issues and discuss “Aid in Dying” legislation in Connecticut. The film is followed by discussion led by Tim Appleton, from Compassion and Choices at the Second Congregational Church, 139 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT. For further information or to reserve your place, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203.422.2342