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Abundant Aging through the End of Life


This event took place Friday, October 12, 2018

Thank you for joining us for the third annual Symposium!

2018 Annual Symposium
Surprising Opportunities for Well-Being through the End of Life

and What Mortality Has to Teach Us about Living

To view the event flyer, click here: 2018 Symposium Flyer – Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging.

Approved by the Board of Executives of Long Term Services and Supports, BELTSS #33930-001-C-18 for 4.0 hours.

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DATE: October 12, 2018

LOCATION: Marriott Columbus University Area
3100 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, Ohio 43202

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Ira ByockDr. Ira Byock

Next Avenue 2015 
Top Influencer on Aging

Ira Byock, MD, FAAHPM is a leading palliative care physician, author and public advocate for improving care through the end of life.

He is founder and chief medical officer of the Institute for Human Caring of Providence Health and Services based in Torrance, California. The institute advances efforts to measure, monitor and improve person-centered care system-wide and supports culturally diverse communities in expanding models of caring.

Dr. Byock is professor emeritus of medicine and community & family medicine (active) at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Dr. Byock has been involved in hospice and palliative care since 1978, during his residency. At that time, he helped found a hospice home care program for the indigent population served by the university hospital and county clinics of Fresno, California. He is a past president (1997) of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Dr. Byock has authored numerous rticles on the ethics and practice of care. His research has led to conceptual frameworks for the lived experience of advanced illness, subjective quality of life measures and simple, effective life-completion counseling. His leadership in development of groundbreaking prototypes for concurrent care of people through the end of life has been foundational to advancing patient-centered care.

Byock’s first book, Dying Well (1997), has become a standard in the field of hospice and palliative care. The Four Things That Matter Most (2004), is used as a counseling tool widely by palliative care and hospice programs, as well as within pastoral care. His most recent book, The Best Care Possible (March 2012) tackles the crisis that surrounds serious illness and dying in America and his quest to transform care through the end of life. It has been praised by the Wall Street Journal, the Economist and other major publications, and won the Annual Books for a Better Life Award in the category of Wellness.

Afternoon panelists will share the role of faith for end-of-life decisions.

Rev. David T. Ball, JF, PhD, partner, Rosenberg & Ball Co., LPA 

Rabbi Wendy Ungar, MaHL, BCC, ACP, advanced chaplain practitioner, palliative care team, Riverside Methodist Hospital

Lama Kathy Wesley, resident teacher, Columbus Karma Thegsum Chöling Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center

Asma Mobin-Uddin, lead physician, Clinical Bioethics Consultation Service, The Ohio State University Center for Bioethics


For more information, please contact Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, executive director, Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging, at 740.382.4885 or

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