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Advance Directives

Simple Gifts--for the Holidays (Holy Daze) or If We Do Not Know Your Wishes, How Can We Follow Them?

J. Redwing Keyssar | Posted 12.25.2016 | Healthy Living
J. Redwing Keyssar

It was the week before Thanks-giving. "I just want to die," Elsa started the conversation. "I'm suffering way too much. I've had enough." My response...

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

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 09.07.2016 | Healthy Living
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:

Why Estate Planning Makes Sense at Any Age

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 06.08.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

This article is intended to provide general information and should not be considered legal, tax or financial advice. It's always a good idea to consul...

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

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 05.06.2016 | Fifty
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.

6 Mistakes To Avoid When Doing Your End-of-Life Planning

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 04.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

To make matters worse, even when advance directives have been put in writing there are several reasons why patients may still not receive the care they have requested. Here are six common mistakes for you to avoid when doing your own end-of-life planning:

Planning My Funeral

Lori Duff | Posted 03.05.2017 | Fifty
Lori Duff

Right about the time I graduated from college, my friends started getting engaged. It got to the point where every week there was either an engagemen...

How to Start an End-of-Life Book Club in Your Community

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 02.25.2017 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

By creating an end-of-life book club in your community you will help others set off on a year-long exploration of the most important subject of life: how we bring to a close our final days. When have thoroughly examined this "fragile thought" of death then we can choose to live fully in each and every moment available to us.

Have the Talk: Why a New Year's Resolution for End of Life Plans Is Critical

Amy Kontrick | Posted 01.19.2017 | Healthy Living
Amy Kontrick

So many abdicate control over how to die to their loved ones -- or worse -- to doctors who do not know them.

The Selfie That Isn't Selfish

Jeff Zucker | Posted 01.04.2017 | Technology
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.

3 Must-Have Documents for the Post-Divorce You

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 10.05.2016 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

As you embrace your new post-divorce life changes, don't forget to put in place plans to take care of yourself when you aren't in a position to do so on your own.

5 Reasons to Plan Ahead for the End-of-Life

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 09.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

The evidence is clear that you should start planning now for the end-of-life to make sure you have the peace of mind that you hope for during your last days.

Helping Physicians to Do the Right Thing

Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH

The Affordable Care Act of 2010 is one of the most impressive changes to our healthcare system since the introduction of Medicare in 1965. But Sarah Palin's "death panel" hysteria forced President Obama to remove a crucial piece of his original proposal, rendering it less effective.

3 Important Steps (at Any Age) to Prepare for Dying

Kyrié Sue Carpenter | Posted 06.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Kyrié Sue Carpenter

The simple view is that medicine exists to fight death and disease, and that is, of course, its most basic task. Death is the enemy. But the enemy has...

Advance Healthcare Planning Part One: Not Just for Old People

Judith Johnson | Posted 06.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

There's been a big push in recent years to educate the public about Advance Healthcare Planning (AHP). The focus has been primarily on the forms you...

Advance Directives 2.0

Angelo Volandes | Posted 06.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Angelo Volandes

Most of the time, patients have named someone with whom they have not discussed their health care wishes. I often find myself talking about decisions with a son or daughter who never had a conversation with their parents about what they wanted.

7 Questions You Need To Answer Before Turning 65

Diane Archer | Posted 06.19.2015 | Fifty
Diane Archer

Do you need to sign up for Medicare? It depends on whether you have employer coverage and what kind you have. If you do need Medicare, enrollment is generally automatic if you have signed up for Social Security. You may also need to sign up for supplemental coverage.

"Still Alice" - But in a Different Kind of Wonderland

Joseph Cooper | Posted 05.18.2015 | Home
Joseph Cooper

The descent of Alice Howland, Ph.D., is told in month-by-month chapters. Alice's disorientation, hallucinations, confabulations, frustrations, humiliations, and distress are vivid and telling.

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

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 03.27.2015 | Healthy Living
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.

Change The Course of History... For You And Your Loved Ones

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 03.07.2015 | Fifty
Susan R. Dolan

Take advantage of this new year to initiate conversations with loved ones about their end-of-life wishes -- and review your own as well.

Healthy Makes Happy: 5 New Year's Resolutions for a Healthier Life and a Happy 2015

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 02.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

As the calendar turns to New Year 2015, what resolutions should you make to get healthier and happier in the next 12 months? Here is what I recommend to my patients, family and friends.

Elder Suicide Pill: Bad Idea

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 01.20.2015 | Fifty
Fran Moreland Johns

A suicide pill for everyone over 85? Not the wisest plan to suggest right now. But it is, in fact, a possibility put forth by Joyce Appleby, Professor Emerita of History at the University of California, Los Angeles.

One Of The Greatest Gifts You Could Ever Give Your Family

Aileen Clancy Ruess | Posted 01.20.2015 | Fifty
Aileen Clancy Ruess

It was heart wrenching to receive a phone call from a friend who had to stand between her two brothers in the hospital waiting room last night. Her two brothers were ready to fight outside of the Intensive Care Unit where their mother lay on a ventilator. For three days my friend's family gathered as they heard the news of her weakening condition.

Tips for Talking With Your Loved Ones About the End of Life

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 12.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

How do we go about engaging in these very important conversations when we meet resistance from those we most need to listen and talk with us? Here are some suggestions for "talking the talk" and breaking through that resistance.

Protecting Herself From Hero Doctors

Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH | Posted 11.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH

"You want to get a Do Not Resuscitate tattoo on your chest?" I asked, as one might say to a friend whose goal was to lose 50 pounds. You'd support it, but you knew it would never happen. "No, I have one," she said quietly, pulling her shirt aside modestly to show the skin over her heart muscle. I stared at it unbelieving.

Melissa Rivers' Courageous Decision

David Kessler | Posted 11.05.2014 | Impact
David Kessler

I've helped thousands of people with end-of-life decisions and I can tell you that the process is beyond stressful. It's extremely confusing and it's racked with guilt. As we mourn the death of Joan Rivers, here is what we can learn from her daughter's brave decision.