Options Of Palliative Care For Older Adults

Tuesday June 8, 2010: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Palliative Care is any form of medical care or treatment that concentrates on reducing the severity of disease symptoms, rather than striving to halt, delay, or reverse progression of the disease itself. The goal is to prevent and relieve suffering and to improve quality of life for people facing serious, complex illness.

Dr. Caroline Vitale is an internist by training, with expertise in Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care. She is involved in practicing, teaching, and studying aspects of geriatrics and palliative care, and sees patients at the University of Michigan Hospital, and the VA Hospital. She is developing a new Palliative Care outpatient clinic within the UM East Ann Arbor Health and Geriatrics Center on Plymouth Road.

Diane Griffith, LMSW, ACSW has worked as a fully licensed clinical social worker for over 25 years; the last ten of which have been at the University of Michigan Health System. Within the Palliative Care program, her role is mainly about educating patients and families and supporting them until the patient is ready to accept Hospice care.