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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Free Movie "Being Mortal" Showing on May 23

A free film screening of “Being Mortal” followed by a discussion will be held Tuesday, May 23 from 6-8 p.m. at the Deane Center at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.

This documentary film aired on “Frontline,” a Public Broadcasting Service television program. It explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the doctors, nurses and family members who care for them.

The film is based on “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End,” a best-selling book written by Dr. Atul Gawande that has the potential to change medicine – and lives. It investigates the practice of caring for the dying, and shows how doctors - himself included - are often remarkably untrained, ill-suited and uncomfortable talking about chronic illness and death with their patients.

“Through eye-opening research and gripping stories of his own patients and family, Dr. Gawande reveals the suffering that medicine has produced when a person is dying. Nursing homes, devoted above all to safety, battle with residents over the food they are allowed to eat and the choices they are allowed to make. Doctors, uncomfortable discussing patients’ anxieties about death, fall back on false hopes and treatments that are actually shortening lives instead of improving them. And families go along with it," according to a synopsis of the book.

“Riveting, honest and humane 'Being Mortal' shows how medicine not only can improve life but also the process of life's ending - as the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life – all the way to the very end," it is stated.

See the film and take part in the national conversation that asks: “Have you and your family had these important conversations and planned ahead?”

Sponsored by Caring Choices and the Hospice Foundation of America, this event is a program of UPMC Susquehanna’s Supportive and Palliative Care services offered in Tioga County through Home Health Tioga. Call 570-723-0760 for more information.

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