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Talks at Twelve: Barbara Ganzel, Thursday, September 10, 2015

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Trauma-informed Hospice and Palliative Care: Unique Vulnerabilities Call for Unique Strategies
Barbara Ganzel, Visiting Fellow, BCTR

Thursday, September 10, 2015
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room

Hospice and palliative care populations may be uniquely vulnerable to trauma and stress-related disorders. Trauma reactivation due to normal aging may combine synergistically with medical trauma at the end of life, particularly in the presence of chronic pain, anxiety, delirium, or dementia. This in turn will negatively impact patient mental health, well-being, and reported pain, with important consequences for patient care. Assessment of prior trauma is recommended in hospice and palliative care, along with the development of trauma treatment strategies appropriate to these populations.

In her talk Dr. Ganzel will share some of her findings and observations learned from her work at Hospicare of Ithaca.

After receiving her Ph.D. in Human Development at Cornell, Barbara Ganzel did postdoctoral work in integrative neuroscience at the Sackler Institute at Weill Cornell Medical College in NYC. Her pre- and post-doctoral research was supported by National Research Service Awards from NIMH to study trauma-related sensitization of the stress response in nonclinical populations. She continued this work as director of the Lifespan Affective Neuroscience lab at Cornell. In 2013, she entered a clinical respecialization program to focus on stress/trauma at end-of-life. Dr. Ganzel currently works with a national collaboration of clinicians to develop palliative treatments for trauma, anxiety, and pain in hospice patients.

This talk is open to all. Lunch will be served. Metered parking is available in the Plantations lot across the road from Beebe Hall. No registration or RSVP required except fo groups of 5 or more. We ask that larger groups email Patty at letting us know of your plans to attend so that we can order enough lunch.

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