“Grappling with Decisions that comes with Aging and Death”

We are pleased to be adding a third speaker Doctor Haiden Huskamp of Harvard University. She is a health economist and professor of health care policy there and studies how income impacts a person’s end-of-life health care choices. 

Representative Jay Kaufman’s award winning public policy forum, “OPEN HOUSE,” returns to Thursday evenings with a forum entitled “Grappling with Decisions that comes with Aging and Death.”  Speakers include Representative Christopher Walsh of Framingham, a lead proponent of aid in dying legislation, and Dr. Ronald Dunlap, the current Vice President for the New England Delegation to the American Medical Association and former President of the Massachusetts Medical Society.  Representative Christopher Walsh of Framingham has recently completed treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma while continuing to fight in the legislature for better access to healthcare. Dr. Ronald Dunlap, a cardiologist by training, is currently pursuing research examining the racial and ethnic disparities in health care. The forum, the sixth of the 23rd season, will be held Thursday, February 15th, from 7:00PM-8:00PM at the historic Depot in Lexington Center (13 Depot Square in Lexington Center).

The challenges – personal and societal – posed by issues arising near and at the end of life are complex as any we encounter. They are so challenging that, as a rule, we avoid confronting them. “OPEN HOUSE” is, among other things, an invitation to learn and think out loud together about issues large and small, and this month’s forum is a chance to think about how we, individually and collectively, think or ought to think about death.

What are we to make of the “death with dignity” and “physician-assisted suicide” initiatives? Who makes decisions, and how do we think about the extraordinary costs of the last days of life? What are the ethics of end-of-life care and what are the ethical and legal considerations for those who would prefer to end their pain and suffering or that of their loved ones? Join me at OPEN HOUSE where we can think out loud about these challenging questions.

Don’t miss this event on February 15th, from 7PM-8PM. As always, the forum will take its shape largely from questions from the audience. Questions can also be submitted in advance by email, jay.kaufman@mahouse.gov, or tweet your questions to @repjaykaufman.


In 1997, OPEN HOUSE was awarded the prestigious Beacon Award, cable television’s equivalent of an Emmy. The series was also named the best television series by Massachusetts Cable Television Commission. The OPEN HOUSE series is produced through a partnership between Representative Kaufman and LexMedia which records the forums for broadcast in Lexington and Woburn.