Let's Get to Work Building A Movement to Win
Health Care for All Oregon member organization's and local action group's delegates, individual members and other supporters will gather Saturday, November 15, in Salem, to celebrate victories, plan strategies and strengthen our movement to create universal health care in Oregon.
We will be rolling up our sleeves to do the hard work to reach victory. Included in the day's agenda will be an update on the HCAO Strategic Plan, a report on progress on our 2015 legislation, a discussion of the post-election political environment and a lobby training focused on our upcoming Health Care for ALL Oregon Rally, February 11, 2015 at the State Capitol.
HCAO Statewide Strategy Meeting
Saturday, November 15, 2014
10:30 am to 3:30 pm (Registration at 10:00 am)
First Congregational Church of Christ, 700 Marion St NE, Salem
Lunch will be provided (donations are encouraged)
HCAO now has 98 member organizations and over 13,000 supporters in our database. Local action groups statewide are working week in and week out to educate voters. Twice a year representatives of all our groups gather to strategize, hone our skills and build our momentum and enthusiasm.
Be there prepared to get to work on building a movement to win!
Bookshelf: The medicalization of aging and what to do about itMichael Mechanic, Mother Jones - The latest book from surgeon and best-selling author Atul Gawande may not change your whole life, but it could very well improve how it ends.
In Being Mortal, Gawande, a longtime staff writer for the New Yorker, takes on the utter failure of the medical profession when it comes to helping people die well, and the short-sightedness of the elder facilities that infantilize people rather than bother to figure out what they actually need to maintain a modicum of meaning in what's left of their lives. In the process, he gives us a lesson on the basic physiology of aging and on the social and technological changes that led to most of us dying in hospitals and institutions rather than at home with our loved ones. And he chronicles the rise of the nursing home and the creation of assisted living as its antidote—if only it were.
The picture can seem pretty bleak. Many of Gawande's subjects are dealing with the always-hopeful oncologists who, rather than accept the inevitable, coax their patients into trying futile fourth-line chemotherapies that nobody can pronounce. And then you've got hospitals axing their geriatrics departments (aging Boomers be damned) because Medicare won't cover the extra costs of making someone's last years worth living. There's also a deeply personal aspect to the book, which goes on sale today. Gawande recounts the recent travails of his family, which began when his father, also a surgeon, was diagnosed with a cancer that would slowly eat away at his physical capabilities and ultimately end his life.
But Being Mortal is hopeful, too, and that's why it could make a difference. Most of the changes we need to make aren't expensive. Indeed, some of them could save us a bundle in cash and needless suffering. It turns out, for example, that terminal patients in hospice programs often live longer and better than their counterparts in treatment. In fact, the mere act of talking with caregivers about what you value as you near the end of your life leads to a longer one.
Interview with Gawande