MANCHESTER >> On Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library, the Bennington-based Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) will present "Being A Caregiver & Caring for Oneself: A Delicate Balance." The program, second in CCM's 2016 SpeakSooner community education series, will explore the challenges of caring for a loved one who is ill and addressing one's own needs. The program is free and open to the public.

A panel will discuss the medical, emotional, spiritual and communication issues that patients and caregivers face with serious health conditions. A question and answer session will follow. The panel includes: caregiver Consie West; SVHC primary care physician Michael Welther, MD; Manchester Health Services clinical nurse supervisor Millie Dunn, MS, RN; licensed clinical social worker Monica Knorr, MSW; and medical humanist Celia Engel Bandman. CCM co-founder Bernard Bandman, PhD is moderator.

CCM's SpeakSooner initiative prepares patients and their loved ones for opening timely and honest conversations with healthcare providers about risks and benefits of treatment options, quality-of-life considerations and supportive care needs, respectful of a person's values and goals.

Each attendee will receive a complimentary copy of CCM's Difficult Conversations Toolkit, a guide to help identify questions and concerns. One attendee from a recent SpeakSooner community education event noted, "The overwhelming attendance reflects the thirst and need for your expertise."

Space is limited, so RSVP: or call 802.442.5800