EMU's Aging Studies guest speaker to address the real facts about death, dying in America, and how aggressive care and use of technology may not be the best choice

YPSILANTI – The nature of how Americans deal with death has changed over the last 100 years due to aggressive medical care and technology, but has it helped patients and family members?

Adam Marks, M.D., an expert in the dying process, will tackle issues surrounding death and dying Oct. 28.

Adam Marks, clinical assistant professor in the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the University of Michigan, will address the wide spread changes affecting the dying process during his lecture, “Death and Dying in America: Straight Talk About a Difficult Subject,” at Eastern Michigan University, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 4-6:30 p.m., McKenny Hall ballroom. The event is free and open to the public. Parking vouchers will be provided.

The event is sponsored by EMU’s Aging Studies program.

Marks will look at how aggressive medical care in the final days of life is now the rule, rather than the exception. He believes that this care is not only rarely effective and costly, but also goes against the stated preferences of most Americans.

He’ll review the evolution of the end-of-life experiences in America over the past 100 years, the rise of the hospice and palliative care movement and what smart health care consumers, their caregivers and health care providers can do to prepare for an end-of-life event.

The lecture will be followed by an interdisciplinary panel of local providers of end-of-life care.

Marks is medical director for Arbor Palliative Care and associate director of the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at U-M, with interests in pain control and effective communication around advanced care planning.

Marks, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, completed a residency in internal medicine and pediatrics and a fellowship in internal medicine hospice and palliative medicine at the University of Michigan.

Visit the Aging Studies program for more information about graduate certificates in dementia and gerontology or the Aging Studies minor.

October 23, 2015

Written by:
Media Relations

Geoff Larcom