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What’s Next for an Aging America: Palliative Care Leaders Assess the Future

The Collaborative for Palliative Care, in partnership with The Hastings Center, University of Rochester Finger Lakes Geriatrics Education Center (FLGEC), and Calvary Hospital, will host its annual conference this December 11th at Iona College, New Rochelle, N.Y., titled  “The Next Generation of Palliative Care: integrating Palliative Care and Social Ethics of Care.”    

In just 15 years, the number of Americans over 65 will outnumber children.  The need to confront aging issues is growing ever more pressing as we face additional challenges wrought by increasing inequality and other threats to health. Palliative care is a transformative approach to care for persons with serious illness or nearing the end of life. The tenth interdisciplinary and interfaith conference of the Collaborative aims to raise awareness about integrating palliative and social care within a global framework of ethics and ethical practice.

In keeping with the conference focus on ethics, the opening plenary session will feature a distinguished panel addressing: “The Troubled Dream of Life: Daniel Callahan’s Legacy.” Callahan was the cofounder of The Hastings Center.

Keynote addresses will be delivered by three Hastings Center Fellows, in the following order:

  • Bruce Jennings, MA, Adjunct Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society; and Senior Advisor, The Hastings Center;
  • Joseph J. Fins, MD, MACP, FRCP, The E. William Davis, Jr., M.D., Professor of Medical Ethics, and Chief, Division of Medical Ethics & Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, NY, and a member of The Hastings Center Board of Directors; and
  • Mildred Z. Solomon, EdD, president of the Hastings Center.

Collaborative president Mary Beth Quaranta Morrissey, PhD, JD, MPH, Fellow, Global Healthcare Innovation Management Center, Fordham University, will also moderate the keynote session discussion with Thomas V. Caprio, MD, MPH, MS, CMD, FLGEC, and Christopher Comfort, MD, Calvary Hospital.

Other conference symposia include palliative approaches to dementia care and building palliative environments that mitigate suffering across all care settings and communities, and expanding palliative care education and training,

Come join us on December 11th at Iona College to be a part of our palliative care conversations. For more information, visit: