HAT MONTHLY MEETING Sat. Jan 15, 1:30-3pm "Dying with Dignity"

HAT Monthly Meeting, Saturday January 15, 1:30 - 3pm
LOCATION:   OISE, 252 Bloor Street West, Room 3-311
Speaker:  Wanda Morris, Wanda, Executive Director of Dying With Dignity Canada
TOPIC:  What are our Choices in Dying?

With recent advances in health research and medical technology, more and more of us are living longer.  While that is generally a good thing, it comes with some unintended consequences.  Compared to even 40 years ago we are now more likely to suffer from chronic (long-term, ongoing) diseases then to be killed by acute (sudden, dramatic) ones.  We are more likely to suffer dementia or die slowly from an ongoing illnesses than to have a fatal heart attack and be done.  While we may wish to live out our lives and end our days at home, many of us are spending our final years in an institution and our final weeks in a hospital or hospice.

Medical research and its healthcare practitioners have increased our life-spans, but there has not always been a corresponding increase in quality.  Some patients have been left thinking  the treatment has become worse than the disease!   For some individuals, death has become a preferred option to living life in a greatly diminished way. 

In this session, Wanda Morris will talk about choice in dying in Canada.  She will provide information about the arguments for and against assisted dying, our current legal rights as Canadians and the practical applications of those rights.

Wanda Morris is the Executive Director of Dying With Dignity Canada.  She is a Chartered Accountant, holds a Master of Arts Degree and is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers.