University hosts conference on challenges of living longer

Daylong event focusing on the medical, social and ethical consequences of aging in the 21st century | October 9, 2006

Xavier University’s College of Social Sciences is hosting a daylong conference on “Living Longer: the Medical, Social and Ethical Consequences” at the Schiff Family Conference on Friday, Nov. 3 from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

The conference addresses such questions as:

With America’s aging population, what are the responsibilities of health care professionals when they can prolong life but not sustain the quality of life?

Should Americans continue to support research into longevity while the health needs of younger generations go unattended?

What are the ethical obligations of one generation to another?

Guest speakers include:

• Leon Kass, M.D., Ph.D., 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.

• Myles N. Sheehan, S.J., M.D., 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.”

• Robert H. Binstock. Ph.D., 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 make presentations and participate 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 such topics as acute and longterm care, the implications for pastoral care, the psychologist’s role in the longterm 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 is available. For a registration form, please visit

Continuing education credit is approved for counselors, nurses, nursing home administrators, psychologists and occupational therapists, and is pending for social workers and chaplains. Application for continuing medical education credit is in process. Visit for up-to-date information on CME/CEU approval status.

This event is sponsored by Xavier University, Xavier University ethics/religion and society program, Catholic Healthcare Partners, TriHealth, Mercy Health Partners, Bayley Place, Episcopal Retirement Homes, and the Bioethics Network of Ohio through the Robert Baumiller, S.J., education grant. It is held in cooperation with St. Vincent Medical Center Department of Continuing Medical Education.

For more information please contact Nancy McDonald at 513 745-2869 or