7:15  check-in for registered guests  –   complimentary Continental Breakfast & Exhibits
Preview of edited video in Theater (10 mins)                                                                                          
Living with Dementia/Alheimers – How shall we respond?

Registration ends at noon on Wednesday, April 5th – No registration at-the-door!

9:00  Welcome and Introduction: keynote speaker – Thaddeus Pope, JD, PhD.

Voluntary Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED) – it’s special place in our
American culture, ethics, and law as regards End-of-Life Decision-Making.

10:00  Survey of end-of-life choices: North America versus Western Europe.

10:40 Breakout Presentations: in-depth exploration, discussion & Q&A

Three hypothetical potential VSED patients and families: 
case 1-DIRECT  ……   case 2-UNCERTAIN  …..  case 3-COMPLICATED

Morning Theme: For the Hospice-eligible patient seeking VSED nursing support:
the ethical, legal, clinical issues for the patient & family caregiver

10:40-11:50  John Moskop, PhD  – Medical Bioethicist
Ethical issues
– in simpler case alternative strategies:  How might the patient and    family approach the ethical issues about early onset of death with the choice of VSED?

10:40-11:50 Mark Corbett, MD – Hospice Physician
Clinical issues
– in simpler case – is it generally expected with Hospice nurse support that a family caregiver can manage pain, discomforts, hygiene with VSED?

10:40-11:50 Kevin Diaz, JD  – Legal Advocate
Legal issues – various EOL legal and medical documents (ACD, HCPOA, MOST, competency exam) to perfectly or usually avoid legal controversy with VSED?

10:40-11:50  Community Watchfulness – Concerns about independent decision-making – VSED: competence, coercion, elder abuse?  When these issues come into focus for law enforcement?

    Noon  – complimentary Lunch served on the mezzanine 

Afternoon Theme:  For the UNCERTAIN case and the COMPLICATED case
Case 2 with clinically uncertain “imminent-death” – what are the obstacles to a patient choosing to start VSED?  The practical alternatives to provide medical/nursing support.

Case 3 with complicated questions of patient consent, mental capacity, possible coercive influence – what are the obstacles to surrogate decision-making for VSED?
 summary of booklet:  Guide for VSED At-Home Family-Caregivers 

1:00-4:00  Plenary session – 3 presenters – then moderated panel discussion & Q&A

1:40-2:10   Mark Corbett, MD – case 2: challenges and clinical alternatives when a competent patient chooses VSED before imminent-death.  

2:10-2:40   John Moskop, PhD – case 2/3:  ethical challenges in decision-making situations such as before imminent-death or absent cognitive competence.

2:40-3:10   Thaddeus Pope, JD, PhD – case 2/3: without imminent-death or without competence – what is the surrogate decision-maker to do?  how compelling is the patient’s earlier ACD affirmation, other forms/media to show intention – now that years later they can not decide?  Can their surrogate rely upon it?  Would the court be persuaded by it?                

 3:25   Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A – Moderator Rosemarie Tong, PhD   

4:00     Conference closing  – evaluations, CEU certificates, sponsor thanks!

Evening lecture

  Davidson College campus   – public is invited free-of-charge –   Davidson NC     
open seating Hance Auditorium in the Chambers Building .
parking near campus venue or easy walk from restaurants in quaint college town.

6:30-8:00  Thaddeus Pope, JD, PhD     
.        Withholding Food & Fluids in Advanced Dementia – is it ethical and legal?     


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Continuing Education:  Certificates of attendance to be provided to participants will include the agenda and speaker vitae in a form which can then be submitted to your state licensing agency. Six hours Social Work continuing education credits have been officially endorsed by NASW-NC.  Three hours attorney continuing legal education credits have been approved by the North Carolina Bar.

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