The Commission for Women hosted "From Sunrise to Sunset: Caring and Preparing for End of Life Issues" on April 14, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at City Hall. The key note speaker and moderator was Janice Lynch Schuster, a Senior Writer for the Center on Elder Care and Advanced Illness for Altarum Institute. The other members of the panel were: Abigail Rian Evans, a senior scholar in residence at the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown Medical Center and theological associate at Fairfax Presbyterian Church, who spoke on the ethical and spiritual issues in end of life decision making; Malene Smith Davis, the President and CEO of Capital Caring, one of the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice programs in the United States; and Jean Galloway Ball, a certified elder law attorney in Fairfax and past President of the Virginia Academy of Elder Law attorneys.
This interactive event featured a panel discussion on the legal, physical, and spiritual issues that we face at the end of life, and while caring for those we love as they face this time of transition. The panel was followed by a visit with providers from around the City of Fairfax that offer services and guidance for the end of life. Although the majority of caregivers in the United States are women, this is an important issue for both men and women and the Commission was proud to offer the program as one of its efforts to serve the community.