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Advance Care Planning

How To Talk To Your Health Care Provider About Your End-Of-Life Wishes

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 09.07.2016 | Home
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Here are some tips for taking responsibility for your own end-of-life wishes and engaging in the conversation with your health care provider:

How To Avoid A Family Feud At The End Of A Loved One's Life

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 05.06.2016 | Home
Susan R. Dolan

Say an elderly parent, ill for years, has never completed an advance directive. The parent may not even know what an advance directive is. Neither they nor their children ever considered a conversation about end-of-life care wishes. Then comes some disease that incapacitates them mentally.

Ways Service Providers Stimulate Advance Care Planning Conversations with Families

Carol Marak | Posted 04.25.2016 | Home
Carol Marak

As a sequel to my previous Huffington Post article, Are Families Ready for The Death And Dying Conversation, this one talks about the approaches healt...

The Selfie That Isn't Selfish

Jeff Zucker | Posted 01.04.2017 | Home
Jeff Zucker

Each of us has a truth - the way we'd like to live, including how we'd like to be cared for if we ever experience a medical crisis - but if we don't tell that truth to others, it won't avail us in our most vulnerable moments.

Dear Baby Boomers, Plan Ahead to Age at Home

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 12.08.2016 | Home
Steve Landers MD,MPH

Good health behavior, good medical care, good genes, and good luck may keep you healthier longer, but eventually Father Time catches up. Here are four suggestions for planning ahead:

Advance Care Planning: What No One Wants to Think About But Everyone Should Do

Mount Sinai Health System | Posted 08.12.2016 | Home
Mount Sinai Health System

And as much as we prefer not to dwell on the fact that we will all die someday, advance care planning can make a potentially difficult, challenging, and painful process easier for the people we love.

Health Caring for Mom: 3 Ways to Let Your Mom Know You Love Her on Mother's Day

Diane Archer | Posted 05.07.2016 | Home
Diane Archer

Mother's Day is the time to show your mom some serious love. But how? Most of us love flowers and chocolate. So, consider getting mom a little of both. What we really treasure, though, is the priceless gift of time and conversation. And there are few things more important to talk about than your mom's health.

A Doctor's Response to Angelina Jolie

Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH | Posted 06.14.2015 | Home
Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH

And so, reading your words in the New York Times last week gave me great hope. Although medical culture is just beginning to shift, I have come to believe that, for now, this new paradigm in medicine needs to be led by lay people. And you are the quintessential lay leader to start this conversation.

5 Action Steps to Improve End-of-Life Care in Your Community

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 03.27.2015 | Home
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

While we may not be able to singlehandedly transform the death industry in our country, each one of us can do something in our lives and our own communities to make a difference. We just have to be creative and strongly motivated to implement change.

Err on the Side of the Patient

Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH | Posted 01.06.2015 | Home
Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH

A Physician Order for Life Sustaining Treatment is a legal document that is signed by a physician or nurse practitioner, outlining the type of medical care her patient should be given if critically ill. Unlike a DNR, which is active only for a particular hospitalization, the POLST is valid anywhere and anytime, unless the patient rips it up.

3 Reasons to Do Advance Care Planning on National Health Care Decisions Day

Brad Stulberg | Posted 06.09.2014 | Home
Brad Stulberg

While at face value these issues may seem hard to talk about, once you get started, you'll likely find yourself engaged in an intimate conversation with people you really care about, something precious in of itself that is not too common in today's world.

Advance Care Planning Affects the Smallest and Biggest Decisions

Mary F. Mulcahy | Posted 02.14.2013 | Home
Mary F. Mulcahy

The barriers to effective advance care planning are numerous. It is imperative that we, as patients, health care providers and members of society, overcome these barriers and remain active in pursuing our personal values and goals.

When Your Loved Ones Hold Your Life in Their Hands

Janice Van Dyck | Posted 06.16.2012 | Home
Janice Van Dyck

National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) falls conveniently every April 16 so you can deal with the difficult matters of death and taxes all in one week. NHDD is one day when we're asked to put our own discomfort aside and think about the loved ones we leave behind.

Sibling Rivalry And The Death Of A Parent

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 09.24.2011 | Home
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

This sense of one sibling being favored over another often comes to the fore in its ugliest form when a parent is dying, and there are adult children, and there have been no communications by the parents about their wishes.

Reflections On Jack Kevorkian: Who Owns Death?

Janice Van Dyck | Posted 08.04.2011 | Home
Janice Van Dyck

There's something about assisted dying that still makes a lot of people squirm. With Dr. Kevorkian's death, I think it's time for us to take that bogeyman out of the closet.

Death and Taxes: National Healthcare Decisions Day Is April 16

Janice Van Dyck | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home
Janice Van Dyck

On the 15th you fill out your 1040 Form for your Uncle Sam, and the next day you fill out an advance care directive to make the future easier for the rest of your family.

Talking About Death: We All Want To, We Just Don't Know How

Janice Van Dyck | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home
Janice Van Dyck

For heaven's sake (if you believe in heaven, and even if you don't), do talk to your loved ones about dying. Whisper about it if you have to. It can't hear you. Need help? Here are three easy steps to get you started.

Yearning for Freedom and Control at Life's End

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home
Barbara Coombs Lee

A person's last days may still be off in the distant horizon, but the yearning for a death that honors the life and the determination to remain a free person is palpable when thoughts turn to life's end.

'Death Panels' And Patients' Choice: How Should We Talk About Dying?

Janice Van Dyck | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home
Janice Van Dyck

We need to separate the idea of advance care planning -- which is all about our own choice -- from the horned devil known as government-rationed care -- which is about someone else's choice for us.

Pro-Life Republican Behind So-Called "Death Panels"

Facing South | Sue Sturgis on August 10, 2009 2:11 PM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

[T]here is nothing resembling the alleged "death panel" in the health care reform plan. A spokesperson for Palin told ABC News that the former governo...