My name is Jeremy Frank and my theme for the term is end-of-life issues. I have watched my grandfather go through the stages of Alzheimer’s and I’ve seen my other grandfather go through heart bypass surgery and a heart-transplant. My wife is a nurse at a long-term care facility and we regularly discuss some of her sadness and frustrations with the system that is in place for caring for seniors and the infirmed. I will be volunteering at Health Care at Foster Creek, where my wife is a nurse, and I hope to simply better the quality of life for some of the residents.
Here is a photo of my grandfather, Maynard Frank, as he completed boot-camp and became a sailor in the U.S. Navy. He died in 1998 after having undergone a heart transplant in 1993.
Three questions I would like to answer as I explore this theme winter term are as follows:
1. How can we improve end-of-life care here in the US?
2. What is the ideal role of a family in end-of-life care?
3. Would advancing the discussion of aging and death help erase the disconnect between those in assisted-living and the public?