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End of Life Forum, hosted by LSC-North Harris and Houston Northwest Medical Center, scheduled for Oct. 8.

On Saturday, Oct. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Lone Star College-North Harris and Houston Northwest Medical Center will host a poignant and ever-important event, “A Labor of Love: End of Life Forum.” The free forum will take place at the college’s Health Professions Building, located at 17200 Red Oak, in Houston, Texas.

The program will feature keynote speaker John Leslie, author of I’m Not Dead Yet…A Handbook for Seniors. Leslie changed careers after his retirement, becoming a counselor to those down on their luck, a lay chaplain, a cancer counselor, a "silver-haired" legislator, charitable institutions board member, and an adult educator developing contemporary issues with morality themes. His late-life goal is to confront and help explain the realities seniors experience in the last third of their lives, and to assist them in the development of a personal end-of-life book for their survivors.

In addition to Leslie’s keynote address, the event will offer presentations and discussions led by health care and industry professionals. These breakout sessions are designed to bring clarity to some of the most important decisions one will ever have to make including organ donation; wills and power of attorneys; hospice care; funeral considerations; futile care (DNR, No Code, CMO); grief; living wills and medical decision making. Additionally, a panel discussion on the personal experience of grieving will conclude the forum.

Guest speakers will include representatives from Houston Northwest Medical Center, Lone Star College-North Harris, Life Gift organ procurement, local hospices and a local funeral home, as well several area attorneys with expertise in elder law and end-of-life issues.

This community service event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required due to limited seating. It will be held at the college’s Health Professions Building, located at 17200 Red Oak, Houston, Texas, 77090. A light breakfast and lunch will be served. For more information or to R.S.V.P., call toll free, 1.888.797.2010.

Lone Star College-North Harris is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960 East, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. For more information about the college, call 281.618.5400 or visit LoneStar.edu/NorthHarris.

With more than 69,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 85,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Park, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.

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