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Chippewa Valley to Host
Grief Teleconference 

MAILED: March 12, 2002

         EAU CLAIRE  University of Wisconsin-Extension offices in Altoona, Chippewa Falls and Menomonie will host the Hospice Foundation of America's ninth annual "Living with Grief" teleconference April 24.
         The teleconference, titled "Living with Grief: Loss in Later Life," will be broadcast from 12:30-3 p.m. at each of the UW-Extension offices via a live satellite video broadcast. A 30-minute local discussion, moderated by staff from the Northwest HomeCare Hospice and St. Joseph's Hospital Home Hospice, will follow the teleconference. The teleconference will focus on ways professionals can better understand and respond to the needs of older people who are coping with loss and making critical end-of-life decisions.
         "Currently there are more than 35 million Americans over age 65 and that number may double by the year 2030," said Jack D. Gordon, chair of the Hospice Foundation of America. "By gaining a better understanding of the range of losses experienced by older people, healthcare professionals can provide more compassionate care to those later in life."
         The program - which reaches 150,000 people nationwide each year - will provide insight and practical suggestions to professionals who regularly deal with aging clients, and their families and friends.
         Cokie Roberts of ABC News will moderate the program, which will feature a panel of experts. The panel will include the Rev. George Blackwell, pastor of the Good Neighbor Baptist Church in Newark, N.J.; Dr. Kenneth J. Doka, Lutheran minister and professor of gerontology at the College of New Rochelle; Dr. Robert Butler, CEO, International Longevity Center; Patricia Kelley, clinical director of the Montgomery Hospice; Miriam Moss of the Philadelphia Geriatric Center; Dr. Phyllis Rolfe Silverman, associate in social welfare at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston; and J.R. Williams, president of the Foundation for End of Life Care.
         "Local professionals have attended and appreciated the hospice satellite teleconference for the past six years," said Dianne Weber, a UW-Extension family living educator at the Eau Claire County office. "The quality and content of the programs has been outstanding."
         The program cost is $16.50 per person or $12 for full-time students, which includes a companion book.
         The teleconference is produced by the Hospice Foundation of America, a non-profit organization that works to educate professionals and the families they serve in issues relating to terminal illness, grief and bereavement. The program is sponsored in part by a grant from Last Acts and the Foundation for End of Life Care, and in cooperation with the Adventists Communication Network.
         Chippewa Valley sponsors include UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education; UW-Extension offices in Eau Claire, Chippewa and Dunn counties; AgeAdvantAge Inc.; Alzheimer's Association; Healing Place Grief Support Center; Northwest Wisconsin HomeCare Hospice; St. Joseph's Hospital Home Hospice; and the Western Wisconsin Regional Geriatric Education Center.
         Those participating in the full three-hour broadcast and 30-minute local discussion, can earn .3 continuing education units from UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education in cooperation with UW-Extension.
         The registration deadline is April 19. For more information or to register, contact UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education at (715) 836-3990 or toll free at (866) UWEC4CE, or e-mail

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Judy Berthiaume
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Updated: March 12, 2002