LIFE MATTERS MEDIA STAFF
The Chicago Citizen spoke with Life Matters Media founder and president Randi Belisomo about our efforts helping African-American seniors document their end of life care wishes.
Chatham Starts the Conversation is a neighborhood-wide initiative that has served more than 200 seniors this year — and it’s growing.
The initiative has partnered with several organizations – includes the city of Chicago’s Department on Aging, the Chicago Public Library – to help guide and support seniors through the last stages of their lives.
“There are so many barriers that separate African-Americans from making well-considered and well informed health care decisions at the end of life,” Belisomo said.
According to the Journal of Palliative Medicine, “African-Americans are less satisfied than whites with the quality of their end of life care.” The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, reported that African Americans are also less likely to receive adequate pain assessment and more likely to report poor communication with doctors about their choices.”
If you know of a senior who may benefit from this program, you can visit and find out more about the initiative at Chatham and Abbott Park Satellite Senior Centers and the Avalon and Whitney Young Branches of the Chicago Public Library. You can also visit our online calendar.