University hosts conference that discusses medical, social consequences of living longer

Day-long event also asks what are the ethical obligations of one generation to another | October 2, 2006

The College of Social Sciences is presenting a day-long conference titled “Living Longer: the Medical, Social and Ethical Consequences,” at the Schiff Family Conference Center on Friday, Nov. 3, from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

The conference addresses questions such as what are the responsibilities of health care professionals when they can prolong life, but not sustain the quality of life? The conference also asks: What are the ethical obligations of one generation to another?

Guest speakers include:

  • Dr. Leon Kass, past chairman of President Bush’s Council on Bioethics as well as a professor at the University of Chicago and a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute
  • Dr. Myles N. Sheehan, S.J., senior associate dean for educational programs at Loyola University’s Stritch College of Medicine, a specialist in internal medicine and geriatrics, and a contributor to the 2001 Illinois Bishops’ Pastoral “Facing the End of Life”
  • Dr. Robert H. Binstock, professor of aging, health and society at Case Western Reserve University, former director of a White House Task Force on Older Americans and author of 24 books

The three speakers are making presentations and participating in a panel discussion in the morning. After lunch participants have the opportunity to take part in a variety of workshops. The workshops focus on topics such as acute and long-term care, the implications for pastoral care, the psychologist’s role in the long-term care setting and law and medicine.

Cost of the conference is $150 for registrations received by Oct. 13. After Oct. 13, the fee is $200. The registration deadline is Oct. 25. No on-site registration will be available. For a registration form please visit www.xavier.edu/livinglonger. For more information please contact Nancy McDonald at 513-745-2869 or mcdonald@xavier.edu.