Thursday, September 3rd (Session G5) - Death is Not a Four-Letter Word: Honoring Choice in Grief in Long-term Care Communities

Session G5

Death in LTC is a common occurrence, yet it is often strongly avoided.  Staff and residents express deep connections to one another in these settings, but when death occurs, there is often little to no support, training or space to share these feelings.  Covid-19 has brought this human experience to the forefront of our care communities even more. This session will discuss Dr. Olson's research from the voices of those who face these losses.  Shared findings will include poetry and artwork that was created within this study.  Attendees will engage in a simple mindful art experiential with any supplies on hand.

1. Define terms such as death avoidance, and disenfranchised grief as they relate to long-term care homes.
2. Discuss overview of presenter's research and findings of resident participants' feelings and perceptions about death care practices within their care home.
3. Provide at least two suggestions for contemplative and compassionate approaches to holding death conversation/honoring rituals in eldercare settings.  

Michelle Olson

Gerontologist/Gero Pros, Gerontology Center at Concordia University Chicago and Founder, Exec Dir of Evergreen Minds, Inc.

Michelle Olson is a social gerontologist, a creative arts therapist and consultant with a specialization in memory care. She is also an adjunct professor in the Center for Gerontology at Concordia University Chicago and an instructor at the Lifelong Learning Institute at Vassar College. Dr. Olson has worked closely with older adults in various eldercare settings as well as older adults along with their care partners in the tri-state area for over twenty years.  Michelle founded her art therapy with older adults consulting business, Creative Path Consulting in 2012 and in 2019 founded GeroPros, which is a diverse group of allied professionals providing gerontological consulting for individuals, eldercare organizations and corporations.  She is also the passionate founder and executive director of a new not-for-profit organization called Evergreen Minds, Inc. which offers people living with dementia opportunities for meaningful connections and pathways to physical, social and emotional well-being through mindful immersions in nature, expressive arts and inter-generational connections. Having a specialization and certification in memory care, Michelle understands how important it is to recognize each person's unique life story and validate their thoughts and emotions.  Utilizing various expressive arts approaches such as art, poetry, music, movement, and story-telling, Michelle focuses on individual's abilities to promote self-expression, autonomy, creativity, gratitude, play, spontaneity & living FULLY! Dr. Olson's research interests include arts-based research and dementia, exploring contemplative death care practices and policies within long-term care. Additional interests are advocating for person-centered care, combating various forms of ageism within cultural and health care settings, and providing elders rich opportunities for engagement in and with nature for improved emotional, physical and social well-being.

Cheryl Kruschke

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2 Questions Please give us your feedback. Objectives: Define terms such as death avoidance, and disenfranchised grief as they relate to long-term care homes. Discuss overview of presenter's research and findings of resident participants' feelings and perceptions about death care practices within their care home. Provide at least two suggestions for contemplative and compassionate approaches to holding death conversation/honoring rituals in eldercare settings.
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