Release Date: March 6, 2007
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Distinguished guest speaker to give public lecture at U of R on “Ethical Issues in Geriatrics and Long-Term Care.”
Ethical issues and the processes of decision-making are important for most people, but they take on added significance for a growing segment of the population – health care professionals involved in geriatrics and long-term care, and members of the public whose loved ones are elderly persons and may reside in a long-term care facility.

At the University of Regina on the evening of Thursday, March 8, guest lecturer Dr. Michael Gordon will discuss these issues in a talk entitled “Ethical Issues in Geriatrics and Long-Term Care.” In his free talk which is open to the public, Dr. Gordon will explore the tensions that often exist between principles of ethics, clinical situations and legal status with respect to caring for the elderly. He contends that we must address in the best way possible the clinical and ethical issues and find ways to resolve conflicts and differences in values and assumptions so that the elderly receive the most dignified and appropriate care possible.

Dr. Gordon is a distinguished scholar, researcher and health care professional who is a regular contributor and commentator on the joys and problems of the elderly for various television and radio programs. He currently serves as Head of Geriatrics and Medical Services for the Baycrest Geriatric Health Care System in Toronto. He is also a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and Head of the Division of Geriatrics at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital. He is the author of several books, including Parenting your Parents, which was published by Dundurn Press in the spring of 2002. A second edition of the book was released in February 2005 and the American Edition was released in November 2006.

“Ethical Issues in Geriatrics and Long-Term Care” is the University of Regina Centre on Aging and Health’s 2006-2007 Distinguished Lecture. The lecture takes place on Thursday, March 8, 2007 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Room 193 of the Education building. Free parking is available in the “M” area of lot 14.

To RSVP or for further information, please call Theresa Dever at 337-2537.