Past Conferences


Quality of Life at the End of life in long term Care Facilities

June 21, 2012


  • End of Life in Long Term Care Facilities in Europe, Prof. Dr.Vjenka Garms-Homolová, ASH und IGF e.V, Berlin
  • Medicine Facing End of life, Mayer Brezis, MD MPH, Professor of Medicine & Adir Shaulov, MD Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center
  • Open discussion facilitated by the directors of the Minerva Center of End of Life, Prof. Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, Prof. Haim Hazan, Prof. Shai Lavi, Dr. Shai Brill


The conference was attended by 130 participants, including physicians, nurses, lawyers, Social workers, and other care givers. The lectures were followed by a heated discussion.



Defining stages of end of life

December, 10 2012


Part 1: Delineating end of life as a life stage

  • Defining trajectories at the end of life based on different population healthcare needs, Sydney M. Dy, PhD, Departments of Health Policy and Management, Oncology, and Medicine, Johns Hopkins University
  • Cognitive and motor terminal decline, Aron S. Buchman, MD, Department of     Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago
  • When we Die:  History’s many verdicts, Thomas R. Cole, Ph.D., founding Director of the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at The University of Texas Medical  School at Houston

Part 2:  Topics in end of life care

  • End-of-Life communication for patients with life- limiting illnesses, Lynn F.  Reinke,  PhD, ARNP, School of Nursing, Medicine and Public health, University of Washington
  • Processes of self-regulation in dying human - potentials and limits from the personal and the professional point of view, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Andreas Kruse, Institut für Gerontologie, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany
  •  From fate to control? The ethical and social implications of long-term planing of one's end of life, Prof. Dr. Silke Schicktanz, Sociology/Bioethics, the Department  of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine at the University Medical Center GÖttingen, Germany



Ein Gedi Workshop

11.12.12 -12.12.12


  • How do we determine the beginning of end of life stage?
  • What are the implications of determining end of life as a discernible life stage? 
  • How do the trajectories matter ?
  • Trajectories – the certainties vs. the uncertainties
  • Dementia vs. non-dementia end of life
  • Cultural issues
  • Quality of end of life
    • Is it a contradiction in terms?
    • What is under control?  Whose control?
    • To whom does it matter?  To whom should it matter



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