The Public Broadcasting film “Being Mortal” will be shown at 10 a.m., Jan. 22 at the Lexington Senior Center, 195 Life Lane.
“Being Mortal” explores relationships between doctors and their patients nearing the end of life. It follows writer and surgeon Atul Gawande as he delves into the relationships doctors have with patients are dying.
The film sheds light on how a medical system focuses on a cure often leaves out the sensitive conversations that need to happen so patients’ true wishes can be known and honored at the end of life.
“Being Mortal” underscored the importance of planning ahead and talking with family members about end-of-life decisions.
Seventy percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70 percent die in hospitals and institutions. Ninety percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of-life care, yet only 30 percent have done so.
For more information about the film, visit pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/being-mortal
The event is free and presented by Bluegrass Care Navigators.