Chatham News

Take Charge of Your Life Partnership launches new campaign with screening and reception at Chatham U

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
November 8, 2010

PITTSBURGH (November 8, 2010) — Research shows that when their values and wishes are discussed in advance, individuals and families fare better when a crisis occurs, such as a life threatening illness. The biggest challenge, however, is to get these types of conversations started. With funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, the Take Charge of Your Life Partnership has created a series of videos and toolkits to empower people with skills and confidence to “Just Talk About It.”

Just Talk About It will officially launch on Monday, November 15 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. with a very special screening and reception at Chatham University’s James Laughlin Music Hall, featuring producers and actors from the videos. The screening is free and open to the public, although seating is limited. Individuals should RSVP by November 11 by calling 412-365-1859 or emailing Online registration is also available by clicking here. The toolkits and videos are also available on Take Charge’s website –

The Just Talk About It series contains one-minute videos covering an array of subjects that were identified in Pennsylvania as those the public could most benefit from learning and talking about: advance care planning, especially choosing a health care agent; providing care for loved ones; considering hospice and palliative care; and, managing pain.

The project’s co-directors are Dr. Peggy Stubbs and Cynthia Pearson, both founding members of Take Charge and co-authors of Parting Company: Understanding the Loss of a Loved One — The Caregiver’s Journey (Seal Press, 1999). Creating story lines with Take Charge board members, they worked with Greater Good Productions in Lawrenceville, which helped complete the scripts and then cast, shot and edited the videos.

Take Charge’s board chair, Maryanne Fello, Director of Forbes Hospice, says, “This is a wonderful opportunity to get our message of improving end-of-life care to everyone in Pennsylvania — and beyond.”

About the Take Charge of Your Life Partnership
Take Charge is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation whose mission is to educate, support and empower all people to deal with end-of-life issues through an innovative network of consumers, professionals, community organizations and corporations.