Conference Panels Delve Into Stories About Aging #Ahcj13

Posted on 02/22/2013

HealthJournalism.orgThis year’s conference delves into all of these, and then some. Friday’s panels include a session on the complications of coordinating senior care, (with eldercare specialists I have not yet had a chance to interview so I am excited about new sources!), and a session on end-of-life care –a topic few families seem to get around to discussing.

The end-of-life panel features Ellen Goodman, a former Boston Globe Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist who co-founded The Conversation Project, a Boston-based enterprise that spurs end-of-life discussions and provides resources to ease the process.

Goodman is passionate about the subject – Globe stories about her new Project have been popular with readers – and if anyone can interject humor in this topic, it is Goodman.

Those who attend the Saturday panel – the drive toward earlier Alzheimer’s treatment – will learn about first-of-its kind research being led by Brigham and Women’s Hospital scientists in Boston to test whether drugs can hold off ­Alzheimer’s in people who have no symptoms of the illness, but who have an abnormal protein in their brains believed to be a marker of the disease.

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