Thank you for Joining Us for our 2021 PHorum at the Drive-In!
Last year in early March, the World Health Organization declared COVID19 a pandemic; and our Annual PHORUM: Perspectives in Healthcare was one of the first events in our Santa Barbara community to transform into a virtual online event. This year, COVID19 continues to challenge our lives; therefore, for our community’s health and safety, we planned our 2021 PHORUM to be a hybrid virtual event blending technology with the experience of watching a movie at the West Wind Drive-In Theatre.
Check out the news coverage by KEYT News Reporter Blake Devine.
If you were unable to join us, or you would like to watch it again, you can online.
1. Watch the Opening
2. Watch the film “I’ll Be Me”
Click one of the platforms to rent or buy the film
3. Watch the Panel Discussion
WHY is it important for VNA Health to bring PHORUM to our community even during a pandemic? Simply stated, to help each of us LIVE WELL through education and empowerment.
PHORUM is our healthcare symposium where national, regional and local health care leaders share and discuss relevant issues that impact the health and well being of our communities. This year’s PHORUM takes an important look at Alzheimer’s Disease from the perspective of music.
The Alzheimer’s Association 2021 Facts & Figures Report indicates that more than six million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s; and in less than 30 years, this number is projected to rise to nearly 13 million. Also, Alzheimer’s impacts not only patients; it impacts their families and caregivers. There are more than 11 million Americans providing care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Finally, Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. Our Medical Director, Dr. Michael Bordofsky, has shared that the unfortunate reality is that people with Alzheimer’s and other kinds of dementia have become the largest group of patients we care for at VNA Health.
Until there is a cure for this disease, VNA Health will provide care for Alzheimer’s patients and their families. One of the life enrichment programs we offer is Music Therapy, which integrates with our palliative and hospice care services. Music Therapy offers emotional support for patients and their families and provides an outlet for reflection and expression of feelings. Thanks to generous donors, our Music Therapy is offered free of charge to our hospice patients.
Emmy Award-winning Actress Jane Seymour presents the documentary, I’LL BE ME, a touching film about Glen Campbell — Oscar® Nominee, GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, and Country Music Hall of Fame member — and his personal journey with Alzheimer’s Disease as he embarked on his nationwide “Goodbye Tour”. In the film, Gene shares a unique perspective on living with Alzheimer’s and shows how music can loosen the grip of this disease.
Following the movie, our Medical Director Dr. Michael Bordofsky, moderated a panel conversation with:
Until There is a Cure, We Will Provide Care
A Special Thank You to The Natural Cafe
On March 4th, The Natural Cafe in Goleta donated 25% of phone and in-person sales to VNA Health. As we continue to live through the challenges of COVID, let’s continue to support our local businesses and restaurants. Check out The Natural Café menu and order a tasty meal. >>> thenaturalcafe.com/menu
Kim Campbell’s book is out now, Gentle on my Mind
Dr. Kosik’s book is out now, Outsmarting Alzheimer’s
Give Well, Live Well
The goal of the Give Well, Live Well 2021 Campaign is to bring awareness, education, information and financial resources to help VNA Health better care for our community.
For more than 112 years, VNA Health has cared for Santa Barbara County and surrounding communities with comprehensive in-home health and hospice services. Our Give Well, Live Well 2021 Campaign will help us continue our charitable services and community care programs that include the Loan Closet, Serenity House Charity Care, Telehealth Care, Palliative Care, Music Therapy, and Pet Therapy which are solely funded by community financial support. Together, these services and programs help our community live well. Together, we can all live well.
Click on the link below to learn more about the importance of supporting this type of care, and how you can help cover the costs for each of these vital programs in our community.
In the spirit of being respectfully cautious amid the spread of COVID-19 we transformed our 7th Annual PHorum (originally scheduled to be on March 12 at the Lobero Theatre) from a physical gathering to a virtual gathering that can be shared. Thank you for joining us virtually at our 7th Annual PHorum. Dr. Chris Kerr will share his newest research on end-of-life experiences, and then Dr. Michael Kearney will discuss with Dr. Kerr how these phenomenal experiences impact the bereaved, the loved ones who remain.
The talk will review the models design, financial sustainability and its relationship to Hospice in terms of both mission and margin. It will also include a discussion of two studies conducted at Hospice Buffalo: 1) Cost Savings and Enhanced Hospice Enrollment with a Home-Based Palliative Care Program Implemented as a Hospice-Private Payer Partnership, and 2) the Clinical Impact of a Home-Based Palliative Care Program: A Hospice-Private Payer Partnership.
Validating Dreams and Visions of the Dying. Dr. Christopher Kerr, CEO & Chief Medical Officer for the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care in Buffalo, New York, and a team of researchers are studying the dreams of terminally ill patients who reported having dreams or visions of lost loved ones and described their dreams as feeling “more real than real.”