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Literature & Medicine - Summer Seminar - "Age, Ability, and Healthcare"
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Literature & Medicine - Summer Seminar - "Age, Ability, and Healthcare"

7/17/2014

When: Thursday & Friday - July 17 & 18, 2014
08:30
Where: Hiram College
Kennedy Center Ballroom
Hiram, Ohio  44234
United States
Contact:
Brittany Jackson

Phone: 330.569.5380

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"Age, Ability, and Healthcare”
A Summer Seminar sponsored by
Hiram College’s Center for Literature and Medicine
Thursday & Friday - July 17 & 18, 2014



Thursday, July 17th

8:30a.m. – 9:00a.m.         Continental Breakfast
Location:  Kennedy Center Reception Gallery, 2nd Floor
(Breakfast is included with admission to Session I.)

9:00a.m. – 12:30p.m.      Session I: Rebecca Garden, Ph.D.
Early Registration Admission: $60.00
Location:  Kennedy Center Ballroom, 2nd Floor
(This is a 3-hour session that will include ~30 minutes of break time and will carry three hours of continuing education credit for healthcare professionals.*)

"A Harvest of Interpretations:  Dementia and Decision-Making” 
This session explores the ethical dimensions of decision-making for people with dementia and their caregivers by mining literary representations of not only dementia but also madness and addiction.  We will experiment with interpretation as a supplement to notions such as "best interest” or "substituted judgment,” testing this approach through readings of literature that generates meaning through disjuncture and displacements. 

Key Learning Objectives: 
  • Consider ethical approaches to health care that privilege reason, logic, and other cognitive norms. 
  • Contrast these approaches with disability studies and narrative ethics. 
  • Analyze and interpret literature to explore representations of non-normative modes of communication and to reflect on caregivers’ interpretive practices in shared decision-making. 


12:30p.m. – 1:30p.m.      Lunch
Location:  Kennedy Center Dix Dining Hall, 2nd Floor
(Lunch is included with admission to Session II.)

1:30p.m. – 5:00p.m.        Session II: Thomas Cole, Ph.D.
Early Registration Admission: $60.00
Location:  Kennedy Center Ballroom, 2nd Floor
(This is a 3-hour session that will include ~30 minutes of break time and will carry three hours of continuing education credit for healthcare professionals.*)

"Accomplishment and Limitation: Conversations with Distinguished Male Elders”
—and—  "Composing an Ethics Case as a Song of Life” 
This session will have two parts.  The first part of this session will explore interviews and conversations that Dr. Cole has had with 10 distinguished men over 80 in the last three years.  It will highlight themes of sexuality, love, faith, and death as mediators of the gulf between current physical and cognitive limitations. The second part of the session will focus on the "case” of a ninety-year old demented woman whose hands were strapped to her nursing home bed to prevent her from pulling out a feeding tube.  It will show how a multi-voiced narrative opens up a rich portrait of the experiences of the woman, her family, and her caregivers.  

Key Learning Objectives: 
  • Show how autobiographical accounts contextualize health and disease.
  • Illustrate the paradoxical potential for spiritual growth and physical decline among highly accomplished old men.
  • Focus on an ethical dilemma through story rather than bioethical analysis alone.
  • Help the audience experience the rich particularity in a single "case” as an instance of the overabundant richness and multiple meanings inherent in ethical dilemmas in general. 

6:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.  Dinner
Cost per person: $25.00
Location:  Kennedy Center Dix Dining Hall, 2nd Floor                          
(Dinner will include vegetarian options.  Wine and beer are included with the price.)

7:00p.m.         Screening of Penelope: The Documentary (2013)
followed by Q & A with Director of the Penelope Project, Dr. Anne Basting
Open to the public and free of charge
Location:  Kennedy Center Ballroom, 2nd Floor
What happens when a nursing home decides to throw out the bingo boards and take on the Odyssey instead?  Penelope: The Documentary tells the story of how residents, some with severe dementia or wheel-chair bound, collaborate with playwright Anne Basting and Sojourn Theater to create "Finding Penelope,” a play reinterpreting Homer’s Odyssey to tell it from Penelope’s point of view.  

 

This one-hour film is a beautiful exploration of how the residents, actors and students collaborated, from reading the Odyssey together to learning Greek and eventually putting on a professional play featuring scenes all over the nursing home and an audience of over 400 moving through the space. 


Friday, July 18th

8:30a.m. – 9:00a.m.   Continental Breakfast
Location:  Kennedy Center Reception Gallery, 2nd Floor
(Breakfast is included with admission to Session III.)

9:00a.m. – 12:30p.m.      Session III: Anne Basting, Ph.D.
Early Registration Admission: $60.00
Location:  Kennedy Center Ballroom, 2nd Floor
(This is a 3-hour session that will include ~30 minutes of break time and will carry three hours of continuing education credit for healthcare professionals.*)

"Finding Normal Through Art”
In long term care communities, those with physical and cognitive disabilities are commonly stigmatized and avoided.  This session will explore how participatory arts can be used to build community across continuing care communities by looking at several model programs.  

Key Learning Objectives: 
  • Define stigma and describe its manifestation in long term care facilities.
  • Describe the qualities of accessible participatory arts programs and identify model programs that illustrate those qualities.
  • Inquire as to whether those qualities can be extended beyond long term care communities. 

12:30p.m. – 1:30p.m.      Lunch
Location:  Kennedy Center Dix Dining Hall, 2nd Floor
(Lunch is included with admission to Session IV.)

1:30p.m. – 5:00p.m.        Session IV: Laurie Lambeth, Ph.D., M.F.A.
Early Registration Admission: $60.00

Location:  Kennedy Center Ballroom, 2nd Floor    
(This is a 3-hour session that will include ~30 minutes of break time and will carry three hours of continuing education credit for healthcare professionals.*)

"Disrupting Chronology: Spots of Time (or Timey Wimey)”
Too often, chronological narratives are imposed upon disability, narratives with assumed trajectories of cause and effect, or of diagnosis leading to suffering, leading to cure or death. This contributes to narratives of tragedy or triumph, always moving in one direction, rather than addressing individual moments of experience in flux. While older adults face stigma as they live with chronologically acquired disabilities, younger people living with impaired mobility, urinary continence, or cognition—generally thought to occur later in life—face a different kind of stigma; they don't conform to chronological expectations, and are often held accountable, considered fraudulent for using accessible facilities, assumed to be lazy, drunk, or unintelligent for slowed movement or cognition. In this session we will seek a more poetic understanding of illness, disability, and age, through what Wordsworth called "spots of time": compressed and vivid moments. In Doctor Who parlance, age and disability is far more "wibbly-wobbly" and "timey-wimey" than chronology affords. In the session we will "read" clips from television and classic film, recognizing narrative assumptions viewers make. We will also read and respond to poems as well as craft our own. 

Key Learning Objectives:
  • Grow by "reading" patients as poems rather than stories, investing more in "spots of time," grasping experience more fully than we could with chronological narratives. 
  • Expand concepts of narrative medicine, disability, and age itself through understanding age and disability outside of common chronological assumptions.
  • Address the ways that actively reading individual patients' experiences may result in more careful, precise clinical choices, minimizing error while also strengthening the bonds of empathy, empowering clinicians and patients equally. 
6:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.           Dinner
Cost per person: $25.00
Location:  Kennedy Center Dix Dining Hall, 2nd Floor                                          
(Dinner will include vegetarian options.  Wine and beer are included with the price.)


*Continuing education credit for this seminar is offered through the Office of Continuing Professional Education at the Northeast Ohio Medical University.  Certification is pending at this point.  Registrations will be refunded if certification does not go through and participants are no longer interested.


Early Registration Prices will run through May 15, 2014.  After that, late registration admission prices will be $75.00 per session, with registration closing on July 9, 2014.

On-campus housing is available for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings for those who desire it.   Space is limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first served basis.  After the early registration date, we cannot guarantee the availability of on-campus housing.  Lodging choices include:

  • The Historic Hiram Inn and Conference Center - $100.00 per night, tax inclusive.  All rooms feature private bathrooms, cable television, wireless internet access, and parking at the Hiram Inn. 
  • The Townhouse Living Community - $60.00 per night, tax inclusive.  Each guest will have one of the four private, single bedrooms, but will share the two bathrooms with other guests in the townhouse.  Each townhouse also includes a kitchen with refrigerator, stove, microwave and dishwasher, a furnished living room, a washer and dryer, air-conditioning, cable television, Internet access and private parking spaces.


Check-in will be available beginning July 16, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Last check-out time is at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

 
 

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