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Being Mortal: Frontline Film & Discussion, with Patrick Arbore, EdD

October 28, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Institute on Aging and Reimagine End of Life welcome you to a viewing of and lecture/discussion regarding the PBS Frontline film, Being Mortal, which explores terminal illness & final choices, based on the bestselling book by Dr. Atul Gawande.

First, we’ll view Being Mortal, a PBS Frontline film, featuring Dr. Atul Gawande, physician and writer, as he presents several families grappling with serious illness and end-of-life choices. Like Dr. Gawande’s best-selling book, on which the film is based, Being Mortal explores the relationships between doctors and patients nearing the end of life, and shows how many doctors, including Dr. Gawande himself, struggle to talk honestly and openly.

After the film, we’ll engage in an interactive discussion, facilitated by Dr. Patrick Arbore, Founder of The Friendship Line and Director of the Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention and Grief Related Services (CESP)—both programs at Institute on Aging. Dr. Arbore conducts workshops and presents lectures, locally and nationally, on grief, end-of-life and aging-related subjects.

Previous showings of this film through IOA have sparked deep thought and dialogue about “what matters most,” and this event is sure to prompt the same. Join us, and be a part of a growing, national conversation.

Patrick Arbore, EdD, in addition to his credentials listed above, is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on suicide prevention, bereavement, and suffering, including a chapter he co-authored entitled “Suffering and the Caring Professional” in When Professionals Weep: Emotional and Countertransference Responses in End-of-Life Care, 2nd Edition (2016), and “Suicide Prevention Among Rural Older Adults” in Generations: Journal of the American Society on Aging, Summer 2019, 43(2), p 62-65.  Dr. Arbore is a 2014 Jefferson-Award winner, as well as a 2016 Norma Satten Community Service Innovation Award recipient.

Date: Monday evening, October 28, 2019, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Doors will open at 5:15 p.m.. The 2-hour film and workshop program will begin on time, so please be prompt.

Place: Institute on Aging, 3575 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94118

Directions and Parking: Limited street parking around the building, in mostly 2-hour increments. Public transportation is nearby.

Cost: $10, General Admission; $5.00 students and seniors (62+)

Continuing Education will be offered:  (2 Continuing Education Units): APA; BRN; CAMFT (serves LCSWs); MCLE

If you seek 2 professional Continuing Education Units, please note this in your reservation. There will be no charge for this.

For further information or cancellation (within 24 hours prior to event), in addition to questions, grievances, concerns, and special accommodations for disabilities, please contact Caitlin Morgan, Education Manager, Institute on Aging, at cmorgan@ioaging.org, or (415) 750-4114. This training is taking place within a fully ADA-compliant building.

All Continuing Education certificates will be delivered digitally, within 5 working days of the event. An evaluation-test will be provided to all CE registrants, who must then attend the entire program and turn in their evaluation at the end of the program in order to qualify for a CE certificate.

This intoductory-level viewing and workshop will be appropriate for everyone, including those in aging services: Physicians; nurses; psychologists; family therapists; social workers; nurses; elder-law practitioners; long-term care administrators; gerontologists and others.

As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe at least two ways in which modern medicine has affected the course of human lives
  • Identify at least two alternatives to the institutionalized version of end of life
  • Analyze the challenge and importance of the concept of impermanence
  • Apply at least two effective communication skills regarding end-of-life discussions with older adults

American Psychological Association (APA): Institute on Aging is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Institute on Aging maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), Provider # CEP13610, for 2 Contact Hours

CAMFT: Institute on Aging is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for this program. IOA maintains responsibility for the course and its content. Course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. CAMFT provider number is #135377.  BBS no longer delivers LCSW credits, but we secure these through CAMFT, an apprroved BBS provider.

State Bar of California (MCLE) : Course meets the qualifications for 2.0 hours of continuing education credit for Attorneys (Provider #13264).


This IOA AgeOn event is part of Reimagine End of Life — a community-wide exploration of death and celebration of life through creativity and conversation. Drawing on the arts, spirituality, healthcare, and design, Reimagine is offering a weeklong series of events that break down taboos and bring diverse communities together in wonder, preparation, and remembrance.  Please visit the full schedule at https://letsreimagine.org

Funding for this program is provided to IOA by the Julian S. Davis, MD Lectureship Fund.  

Photo: Andraz Lazic on Unsplash



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