Annual hospice teleconference announced

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LEWISTON — Hospice Foundation of America’s 17th annual teleconference will be held on Wednesday, March 24, at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

The teleconference will help participants understand the professional challenges in supporting cancer patients and their families as they transition from curative care to hospice and palliative care; describe the range of physical, psychological and spiritual needs of individuals with terminal cancer experience and effective use of medical and therapeutic treatments; assess the many ways families and caregivers of all ages cope with anticipated losses and understand how to provide support; understand the feelings and stress faced by professional caregivers in supporting cancer patients; and understand the process of grief and bereavement related to cancer and the dying process and the resources available to offer support.

Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University, will moderate the program and lead a panel of noted authorities.

Three continuing education credits are available through the Hospice Foundation of America for nurses, social workers, case managers, home health aides, counselors, funeral directors, clergy, psychologists, physicians, EMS personnel, EAPs and nursing home administrators. There is a fee of $25 if processing the continuing education form online or $35 payable at the event.

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Call 795-9537 for more information and to register for the event.

Registration will begin at 1 p.m. and the national teleconference will begin at 1:30 p.m.

When the teleconference concludes at 4 p.m., a local panel discussion will convene until 4:30 p.m. The panel will offer the opportunity to discuss the issues raised in the conference and answer questions. A companion book written for the teleconference will be available for sale as well.

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