The Buehler Center has made remarkable progress, sometimes by working on projects that have been recognized and supported appropriately by funding agencies, but more often by doing more with less (see our Annual Reports). We have increased our faculty base, research, and educational activities and decreased staff support and operating costs. The Buehler Center is part of a not-for-profit organization (Northwestern University) and the center's continued success is largely supported by the generosity of our dedicated philanthropic base.
Physicians such as Dr. Linda Emanuel have been at the forefront of educational initiatives intended to make physicians aware of the fact that patient care is not limited to merely seeking and implementing cures for diseases. Projects such as EPEC (Education in Palliative and End-of-life Care) provide useful training to physicians and caregivers so that they can effectively implement a care plan that ensures quality of life for those with chronic or life-limiting illnesses.
The research and educational initiatives of the Buehler Center have a vital impact on the path of modern medical research and practice. Young, innovative physicians such as Dr. Joshua Hauser devote their careers to educating medical students and stressing the importance of geriatrics and palliative care. Dr. Chih-Hung Chang seeks to develop new information management technologies that will improve the quality of care and quality of life of older people. Our researchers in the fields of social and behavioral science and statistics seek to provide scientific understanding of and solutions to the social determinants of stress and illness.
Our work is well described by the comment of Albert Einstein: "Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." One wonders exactly how we could measure a person's level of happiness and fulfillment. Our researchers are discovering effective ways of doing just that. The faculty of the Buehler Center seeks to measure the immeasurable, solve the unsolvable, and bring health, happiness, and fulfillment to all of us as we care for our older citizens and as we ourselves grow older.
We urge all of you to ask yourselves what worthier cause there is to support. Most of us will grow old and all of us will encounter the processes of death and dying. It is the Buehler Center on Aging, Health & Society's mission to attend to the older members of our society who are in good health, chronically ill, or in the final stages of life.
We ask, therefore, for your support of our worthy cause of improving the lives of older people, their caregivers, families, and loved ones, even during their last months, days, and hours. For more information on giving opportunities, please contact Michelle Grana, administrative director, (312) 503-2899.