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Webinar & Presentation Recordings


A Chinese Farewell
In this recording of a 3/28/23 webinar, we are joined by Carrie Chan to explore data, research, and observed findings that highlight the struggles and barriers faced by Chinese-speaking immigrants receiving end-of-life care. We also review some real-world cases to better understand the experience, scope, and role of hospice services. We also discuss successful programs including Heart-to-Heart Café workshops, involvement of Chinese speaking volunteers, and other resources to help the community discuss and receive compassionate end of life care.
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Runtime: 41:25


Inclusive and Affirming Palliative Care for the LGBTQ+ Community
The LGBTQ+ community is a marginalized population that has been subjected to longstanding prejudice, discrimination, and oppression. As a result, this community has experienced inequities in healthcare including palliative, hospice, and end-of-life care. In 2011, the National Academy of Medicine underscored the need to address these healthcare disparities resulting in a strong call for action towards mitigating these gaps through the provision of inclusive and affirming care for the LGBTQ+ community living with serious illness and their families and caregivers.

In this recording of a 2/23/23 webinar, Dr. Noelle Marie Javier goes over some hard facts on healthcare disparities impacting this population as well as discussing guiding principles in shaping the cultural understanding of this community. She concludes by sharing specific inclusive and affirming strategies in the provision of high quality palliative care for this community.
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Runtime: 1:22:45


Imagining New York After Medical Aid in Dying Legalization
Medical aid in dying (MAID) is expected to become legal in New York within the next few years. Once this becomes legal, terminally ill patients who have decision-making capacity can request for a doctor to prescribe a life-ending medication which the patient must self-administer, if they choose to do so, to have a peaceful death. As we look toward our future, it is time to imagine and prepare for a New York after MAID legalization.

When considering our future, many questions arise, such as:

  • What can we do now to be best prepared?
  • What can patients expect when seeking to access this option?
  • What are some foreseeable challenges for patients, caregivers, and providers?

  • Fortunately, we can look to other states where MAID is legal to learn from their experiences. MAID is legal in 10 states (including California) and Washington D.C., with approximately 1 in 5 Americans living in a state where this option is available. As California and New York have similar patient populations and diversity, we look to California as an indicator of, and teacher for, our future.

    Hear from expert panelists in California, including Dr. Lonny Shavelson, a prominent end of life physician and Lori Goldwyn, an end of life doula, to explore what we can expect, what we should do to prepare, and what we can hope for once MAID becomes legal in New York. Click here to watch the recording.

    Runtime: 1:27:22


    Maintaining Autonomy Over Your Health Care in Later Life
    All of us face the possibility of incapacity in later life and decisions about our health care may need to be made by a trusted family member or friend:

  • Will your representative - called the health care agent - have the legal authority to speak for you?
  • How will your agent know what your wishes are? How do you make sure your wishes, as expressed by your agent, will be honored by your physicians?
  • If there are disagreements among your family regarding medical decisions, how will they be resolved?
  • Does the law allow you to refuse medical treatment that may be life sustaining?

  • This webinar with experts in the field of end of life care and law discussed these and other issues concerning your rights and strategies to enforce those rights.
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    Runtime: 1:29:01


    Mi Futuro, Mi Voz: Planificación Anticipada para Demencia
    Este video analiza cómo asegurarse de que sus deseos médicos sean conocidos y respetados si desarrolla demencia.
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    Tiempo de ejecución: 44:10


    A Conversation About Voluntarily Stopping Eating & Drinking
    Hear from the editors of the book, Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking: A Compassionate, Widely-Available Option for Hastening Death. In this recording of the 6th Annual Barbara Swartz Lecture, the panelists discuss Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED) and why some decisionally-capable persons chose to hasten their dying with this legal end of life option. They also explore the benefits and challenges of completing an advance directive to stop eating and drinking (AD to SED) as a means to shorten the dying process for those with advanced dementia. The panelists bring a wealth of knowledge and experience, and will discuss the topic from the multi-disciplinary perspectives of medicine, ethics, law, and nursing. The knowledge they share will be of value to anyone seeking to learn more about VSED.
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    If you are a New York licensed social worker, and you would like contact hours for viewing this recording, please click here to access the course for social workers that includes this recording.

    Runtime: 1:28:30


    When My Time Comes — A Conversation with Diane Rehm about Medical Aid in Dying
    As part of the 5th Annual Barbara Swartz End of Life Choices Lecture, End of Life Choices New York welcomed Diane Rehm as our featured speaker. Diane is a renowned radio host on NPR for almost four decades, and one of the most trusted voices in the nation. Diane discussed her new book, "When My Time Comes: Conversations About Whether Those Who Are Dying Should Have the Right to Determine When Life Should End," and was interviewed by JoNel Aleccia, a Senior Correspondent at Kaiser Health News focused on aging and end-of-life issues.
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    Runtime: 54:36


    Barriers to Palliative Care Access - The Barbados Perspective
    In honor of Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we were joined by Dr. G. Lesley Reece to discuss barriers to palliative care access in the Caribbean.
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    Runtime: 56:16


    Getting the Care You Want at the End of Life
    This recording of a webinar provides tips on how to get your healthcare wishes honored at the end of life. Unfortunately, many patients do not receive medical care in alignment with their wishes. This means that some patients do not receive the care requested or desired; while others undergo interventions that are unwanted, or would not have been wanted had they had sufficient information to make a decision. By understanding how to navigate the medical system at the end of life, your wishes are more likely to be honored.
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    Runtime: 56:19


    Your Health, Your Values: A Conversation About Honoring Your Family's Wishes for Care
    A conversation about how to navigate the medical system while honoring cultural values, beliefs, and traditions. This video provides information and guidance for older adult immigrants and their families.
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    Runtime: 30:35


    Organ donation: Facts & Myths
    In New York, there are nearly 10,000 people on the organ transplant waiting list, and one New Yorker dies each day because they did not receive an organ in time. While many New Yorkers have signed up to become organ donors, others are unsure about the process or have concerns about what it might mean. EOLCNY partnered with LiveOnNY to provide factual information.
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    Runtime: 51:56


    A Dialogue About New York’s Medical Aid in Dying Act
    On October 28, 2020, the New York Academy of Medicine hosted a virtual event cosponsored with End of Life Choices New York on the Medical Aid in Dying Act. The Medical Aid in Dying Act is now being seriously considered in the New York State Legislature. Despite the significant clinical implications of this legislation, many healthcare professionals are unaware of what medical aid in dying entails and the legal, ethical, clinical and practical arguments for and against the proposed law. Knowledgeable workshop panelists presented useful information from their professional perspectives on medical aid in dying and this legislation.
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    Runtime: 1:35:27


    Grief & Aspects of the African American Experience
    Grief is a universal process with unique and holistic features for each griever. The time of pandemic has emphasized our culture’s need to have more conversation about death, dying and loss. In this video, we have a conversation about grief, its common manifestations and how we can cope in a time where common strategies are not possible. We also take a special look at elements of grief from the African American perspective, highlighting how social inequities frame and impact African American grief.
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    If you are a New York licensed social worker, and you would like contact hours for viewing this recording, please click here to access the course for social workers that includes this recording.

    Runtime: 1:13:37


    Decision-Making While Living Under the Threat of Covid-19
    A discussion on practical steps to address COVID-19 medical concerns and how to effectively communicate and implement your wishes. Featuring EOLCNY Clinical Director, Dr. Judith Schwarz.
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    If you are a New York licensed social worker, and you would like contact hours for viewing this recording, please click here to access the course for social workers that includes this recording.

    Runtime: 1:28:30


    Planificando un Mejor Final de la Vida
    Esta es una presentación acerca de cómo navegar en el sistema de salud actual, incluidos los cuidados paliativos y de hospicio, y la planificación anticipada de los cuidado médicos.
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    Tiempo de ejecución: 56:54


    Palliative Care & COVID-19
    A presentation and discussion with on the role of palliative care during COVID-19 and beyond, including the incorporation of telemedicine.
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    If you are a New York licensed social worker, and you would like contact hours for viewing this recording, please click here to access the course for social workers that includes this recording.

    Runtime: 53:29


    Voluntarily Stopping Eating & Drinking (VSED): An Overview
    Voluntarily stopping eating and drinking is discussed as a peaceful, legal option to hasten death. The video also includes an overview of EOLCNY's Dementia Directive.
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    If you are a New York licensed social worker, and you would like contact hours for viewing this recording, please click here to access the course for social workers that includes this recording.

    Runtime: 1:28:28


    The Case for Medical Aid in Dying in New York
    Perspectives of a doctor, lawyer, legislator, person living with cancer, and person with disabilities. For more information on medical aid in dying in New York, please visit our Medical Aid in Dying Page.
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    Runtime: 1:23:02


    Planning for a Better End of Life: A Guide to Navigating Today's Healthcare System
    This presentation discusses:

  • Health care proxies, living wills, and other advance directives (with a focus on NY)
  • Palliative care and how/when it can benefit you
  • How hospice care can improve quality of life
  • Talking to your doctors about your end of life care wishes.

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    Runtime: 25:58


    Medical Aid in Dying - An Important Choice at the End of Life to Achieve a Peaceful Death
    This recording of the fourth Annual Barbara Swartz End of Life Choices Lecture covers the Medical Aid in Dying Act's status in the New York State Legislature as of 2019. For more information on medical aid in dying in New York, please visit our Medical Aid in Dying Page.
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    Runtime: 1:07:08


    Palliative Care, Hospice, and Relevant Laws
    The recording of a webinar hosted by the New York Bar Association in 2019, our Senior Policy Consultant, David Leven, discusses patient rights and options at the end of life.
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    Runtime: 47:20





    Educational Videos


    Plan Today; Trust Tomorrow: A Guide to Completing the NYS Health Care Proxy Form.
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    Runtime: 3:44


    What is Palliative Care?
    End of Life Choices New York is excited to collaborate with Dr. G. Lesley Reece, MBBS to raise awareness about palliative care! Dr. Reece is an educator, advocate, and palliative care physician.
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    Runtime: 0:55


    What is a living will in NY?
    A brief introduction to living wills in New York.
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    Runtime: 1:54


    What is a Do Now Resuscitate Order (DNR)?
    A brief introduction to the non-hospital Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNR).
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    Runtime: 1:21


    Palliative Care Myths
    This video addresses three common myths about palliative care, and discusses how palliative care can be of great benefit to anyone with a serious illness or injury.
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    Runtime: 2:43


    What is the Family Health Care Decisions Act?
    Learn about the New York State Family Health Care Decisions Act (Public Health Law, Article 29-CC).
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    Runtime: 1:48


    Hospice at Home
    Hospice is a type of palliative care for individuals at the end of life (i.e., a life expectancy of 6 months or fewer), who are no longer receiving/seeking curative treatments. Hospice programs provide treatment to prevent or relieve pain and suffering, and improve a patient’s quality of life, both physically and emotionally. Hospice can take place at a center or at home.
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    Runtime: 1:41


    A brief overview of New York's Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment form. Watch on YouTube here.

    Runtime: 2:03


    Prescription for Peace of Mind
    A documentary on the battle to legalize medical aid in dying, and what it would mean to terminally-ill patients and their families. Featuring EOLCNY Clinical Director, Dr. Judith Schwarz.
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    Runtime: 56:51

    We Are New YorkersThis video highlights: New Yorkers, make your wishes heard! For more information, or to contact our Clinical Director, please visit: https://endoflifechoicesny.org/counseling/

    Runtime: 00:43


    You Are Essential. This is Essential.This video highlights: You've got our back. Who's got yours?. For more information, or to contact our Clinical Director, please visit: https://endoflifechoicesny.org/counseling/

    Runtime: 00:46


    Who Will Speak for Me if I Can't?This video highlights: Plan who will speak for you if you can't. For more information, or to contact our Clinical Director, please visit: https://endoflifechoicesny.org/counseling/

    Runtime: 00:17


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