End of life decisions: brain injury, dementia, frailty

A 1-day conference led by members of the GW4 (Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter) Dying Well Research Network

Wednesday 14th October 2015
09.30 – 17.00 followed by a drinks reception
Hamilton House, Bristol, BS1 3QY
FREE, lunch and refreshments provided

READ THE EVALUATION OF THIS EVENT: GW4 Conference Evaluation 14.10.15

A great deal of discussion about what makes for a ‘good death’ often assumes that people can make their own choices. But many of us will face the end of our lives with severely reduced agency, and some of us will legally ‘lack mental capacity’ to make our own decisions.

This conference reflects on the challenges and the issues ‘reduced agency ‘raises for end of life planning and support. It will focus on people with dementia, people who lose capacity through catastrophic brain injuries, and those whose reduced agency is associated with multiple co-morbidities and frailty in extreme old age.

Four panel sessions will offer evidence, opinion and reflection on the following topics:

  • How decisions happen
  • Deciding in advance
  • Nutrition and hydration
  • Addressing pain and symptoms at end of life

Each panel will involve three speakers giving short presentations, followed by discussion workshops; an opportunity for delegates to contribute and feedback at the end of each session.

We are excited to welcome Prof Julia Verne, Clinical Lead, National End of Life Care Intelligence Network, Public Health England, and Prof Mark Drakeford, Minister for Health and Social Services, Welsh Government, who will both address the conference.

The conference is free to all. All delegates are asked to register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/end-of-life-decisions-brain-injury-dementia-frailty-tickets-18531897404

Contact us directly at: gw4dyingwell@bath.ac.uk