President’s Report


August 2014

Dear Friends,

A busy summer is making way for an equally busy Fall. We are pleased to share news that our work within Chicago’s senior centers will be highlighted at the Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium October 24-25th in Boston. “Advance Care Planning among Seniors of a Diverse City” will be among those projects being noted for significant research and novel approaches to issues within end of life care.


One week prior, we’ll be in San Diego at the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities Annual Meeting to present similar research: “Disparities and Barriers in Advance Care Planning: a City-Wide Analysis of Chicago Seniors.” There, Mary and I, along with LMM bioethics contributor Craig Klugman will also make an oral presentation: “Driving New Media to Drive Advance Care Planning.” We are thrilled to share our online successes with those engaged in similar work nationwide.


We will be beginning another set of visits to the city’s senior centers this Fall, and we are expanding our work into local theater. The Time of Your Life Players will be performing the new musical comedy “Bud’s Cafe Redux” at Stage 773 beginning October 22nd. This production, with end of life issues at its core, will be followed by a Life Matters Media conversation about the advance care planning process at each performance on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays through November 22nd.


Please visit for more information.

Responding to audience feedback, we are working to plan a religious forum centered on end of life decision-making this Fall. If you would be interested in participating or know someone who would make a great panelist, please email me at

Here are some of the things going on our website, as well as Life Matters Media contributions to Reuters Health and Voices in Bioethics.

Hospice Patients More Likely To Be Discharged From For-Profit Programs (

Wine Helps Patients And Families Connect At The End Of Life, Experts Say (

Musicians On Call Bring Music For The Soul To Patients’ Beds (

“Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant”: The Role Of Graphic Memoir In Medical Decision-Making (


Randi Belisomo
President and Co-Founder