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Posted by Positive Aging Community on 09/22/2021

Understanding End-of-Life Options, including Medical Aid in Dying

An interactive panel discussion to learn more about end-of-life options in Md., D.C. and Virginia, with a focus on medical aid in dying, the medical practice that allows a mentally capable, terminally ill adult, with a prognosis of six months or less to live to die peacefully in their sleep. 

  • Donna Smith Compassion and Choices DC & MD Campaign Director 
  • Dixcy Bosley-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP Iona Senior Services Nurse Care Manager 
  • Kate Vasiloff Compassion and Choices Volunteer

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Welcome everyone!  The discussion will start soon!

Feel free to use chat to introduce yourself or connect with other attendees. Remember to select 'everyone' on the drop down menu!

You can view on demand recordings and see our upcoming schedule at this link  https://www.retirementlivingsourcebook.com/digital-discussions

A big thank you to our September sponsor Maryland Relay! For information see https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/cu/Y0jVj0L/mdrelay or contact

Jenny Pearson

CTS Outreach Coordinator

Department of Disabilities

Telecommunications Access of Maryland

Maryland Relay

301 West Preston St. Suite 1008a

Baltimore, MD 21201




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12:24:17     From  Memella Drake   to   Hosts and panelists : Are we getting the slides?

12:24:36     From  Memella Drake   to   Hosts and panelists : Not able to write so fast.

12:25:11     From  Lola Aromolaran   to   Hosts and panelists : Yes Donna, that was a good presentation, thank you! ????

12:33:09     From  Patricia Dubroof : So good to see Dixie and learn new things.

12:39:13     From  Laurie Pross : Could Donna address the 79% acceptance by African Americans vs the 69% whites? Seems the exact reverse of what I would have expected...

12:44:59     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : Petition link for Virginia https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1yddDB-txBt8E2PBGoxrjQZXtdIRWk4j4PJkCkqffsyo/viewform?ts=5fd7c77a&edit_requested=true

12:46:49     From  Laurie Pross : Are there still only 2 physicians in DC who participate in MAID?

12:49:12     From  Wendy Pachter   to   Hosts and panelists : I have an appointment w/ my doc on Fri to talk about some of these issue, but maybe I should wait to see Compassion & Choices booklet first?

12:49:15     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : Reach out to me (kate@untoldresearch.com) if you want to get more involved in our efforts across Virginia!

12:49:37     From  Marsha Seabold   to   Hosts and panelists : Can the prescriber be a CRNP or PA  or does it specifically have to be a physician?

12:50:40     From  Marsha Seabold   to   Hosts and panelists : Can the physician be any type of medical doctor?

12:52:56     From  Mike Pearlman   to   Hosts and panelists : Hi Steve,

12:54:05     From  Marsha Seabold   to   Hosts and panelists : Can a psychiatrist write the prescription?

12:54:15     From  Mike Pearlman   to   Hosts and panelists : Hi Steve, there is a question about person not being able to click on petition and have it come up. In response to this, do you want to mention at some point that we will send out follow-up letter with contact information, including to petition?

12:55:46     From  Anne Young : Covid patients are usually compassionately extubated. That is a choice.

12:55:55     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : Consider signing the petition to endorse of this legislation in advance of the 2022 General Assembly session. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1yddDB-txBt8E2PBGoxrjQZXtdIRWk4j4PJkCkqffsyo/viewform?ts=5fd7c77a&edit_requested=true

12:57:23     From  Wendy Pachter : Maybe palliative sedation in COVID?  Does one have to request that?

12:57:40     From  Laurie Pross : Is  there a movement towards removing the requirement for a second doctor at the outset?

12:58:52     From  Memella Drake   to   Hosts and panelists : I would like to have the contact of Dr. Donna Smith. Please.

12:58:53     From  Susan Siegel   to   Hosts and panelists : If medical directive is written when mentally capable, can it provide directions addressing what you want to happen if you become senile?

13:01:35     From  ABIOLA BAJERE : Thank you for the information Steve, Dixcy, Donna and Kate.  Nice presentation!

13:03:25     From  Joe Fab   to   Hosts and panelists : Great presentation! Thank you! Steve, I have to jump off. Good bye, All! Stay well.

13:04:20     From  Mike Pearlman   to   Hosts and panelists : Steve, do you feel it would be good to bring in Joe Fab near end?

13:04:25     From  Memella Drake   to   Hosts and panelists : Thank so very much for the information

13:05:02     From  Perry Ann Patterson : https://compassionandchoices.org/resource/my-end-of-life-decisions-an-advance-planning-guide-and-toolkit/

13:05:22     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : Anonymous Attendee 12:42 PM 

Such a beautiful death, peace and leaving in perfect balance??? Coversations about what the end would look like, having this conersation, how and when do you open this up and talk with loved ones and other people about this? Tool kit for ending continuous long term suffering, just having the prescription , just in case is comfort enough. Exquisite beautiful end of life ending the suffering. Courageous enough doctors to write the prescription. What kind of prescriptions do they write? The Hows and the medication. If I ever get into this position, just let me go, just let me go. So if you are not resident in a state where this is legal, the patient can travel or go to another state to receive this aid?

13:08:17     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : Emails for all panelists 

Kate Vasiloff (KateVasiloff@gmail.com)

Donna Smith (dsmith@compassionandchoices.org)

Dixcy Bosley (dixcybs@gmail.com)

13:08:43     From  Wendy Pachter : Thank you all so much! Very helpful and I look forward to following up.

13:08:45     From  Jane Euler   to   Hosts and panelists : Amen!

13:09:53     From  Wendy Pachter : There was also the Moyers series years ago

13:11:36     From  Kelly Miller   to   Hosts and panelists : Awesome - thx

13:11:41     From  Dixcy Bosley : Tell me how you want  to live by telling me how you want to die


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