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End of Life Care

Help For Emotional Healing When Life Comes To A Close

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 06.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Baughn

End of life is fraught with the stuff of life, and that can include tense relationships between spouses, parents and children, siblings who may disagree on a parent's care or may harbor years of rivalries and resentments. With skill and compassion, VNSNY Hospice counselors and clinicians help foster healing communication at life's end.

Priced Out Of Dying In California

Ravi Parikh | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Ravi Parikh

On June 9th, 2016, California became the latest state to allow physician-assisted suicide. For all of the recent debate over legalizing physician-assisted suicide, one point often fails to be mentioned: Americans who choose to take lethal drugs will be unable to afford it.

It's Time to Train All Doctors on How to Talk to Patients About End-of-Life Care

Laura J. Morrison | Posted 06.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Laura J. Morrison

My neighbor asked me to help her husband die peacefully at home. This was not a request to hasten his death. Distressed by his marked physical deterioration, she reached out to me knowing I am a geriatrics and palliative care physician.

Working from the Same Script - How Silos in Healthcare Hinder Care

Anthony Cirillo | Posted 06.08.2016 | Fifty
Anthony Cirillo

My mom just passed away at 94. She was in the hospital for two weeks. She had a small bowel obstruction. Had she not had emergency surgery, where they...

Aid-in-Dying Option Heightens Awareness and Provokes Discussion

Tenessa MacKenzie | Posted 05.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Tenessa MacKenzie

The End of Life Option Act goes into effect in California on June 9, 2016, joining a handful of other states with similar legislation. The law empowers a terminally ill adult to request and receive a drug to hasten death.

Hospice Nurses Teach Us to Honor Life By Honoring Death -- and Listening

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 05.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Baughn

Is there a hospice care provider who has helped you or a loved one honor life by understanding and honoring the process of death? I encourage you to share your experience and continue this important conversation.

Why Diane Rehm's New Book Is A Must-Read

Trish Vradenburg | Posted 05.13.2016 | Fifty
Trish Vradenburg

Diane Rehm, the treasured NPR host of The Diane Rehm Show and friend to UsAgainstAlzheimer's, has written a deeply personal, profoundly moving, incredibly honest book about her life before and after her husband's death.

Cancer Is My Prison, and Intolerable Suffering Is My Sentence

Miguel Carrasquillo | Posted 05.11.2016 | Latino Voices
Miguel Carrasquillo

I have lived with the reality of a premature death for more than four years. Today, I live with blackouts, blindness, convulsions and more. Aside from these horrific symptoms, I live in constant fear of even worse days that lie ahead. What crime did I commit to be forced to die this way?

Defying a Death-Defying Culture

Clareen Wiencek | Posted 05.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Clareen Wiencek

Palliative care, while a specialty, lies at the heart of what every health care provider does -- whether nurse, physician, social worker, chaplain or psychologist -- because no matter the dazzle of technologies that extends life, our core focus can and should remain: Cure sometimes, relieve often, comfort always.

One Simple Step to Integrating Loss, Endings or Death Into Your Life Right Now

Jane Duncan Rogers | Posted 04.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Duncan Rogers

Death is the biggie, of course. When someone or something dies, there will always be loss. How could there not be? It's easy to see the presence of loss when a person dies, but perhaps not so easy to see when it is the death of something else.

Observing the Wish to Die at Home

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 04.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Baughn

Sometimes it's hard to understand how such a seemingly small gesture could ever be enough, but what our hospice workers see time and time again, is the power of just that single act: holding a hand, and letting go.

What It's Like To Help The Dying As An End-Of-Life Doula

Debbie Slevin | Posted 04.10.2016 | Fifty
Debbie Slevin

When I tell people that I am an end-of-life doula, their first question is: what is that? The second question is why? I tell them: I do it because I can. I can 'do' death. The dying process does not frighten me. It might when it is my turn to look death in the eye -- but for now -- I am unafraid.

What Happened When My Greatest Fear Came True

Jane Duncan Rogers | Posted 03.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Duncan Rogers

So let me ask you: Have you answered these kind of questions? Has someone you know answered them? Because actually taking the time to write down your answers may end up being one of the greatest gifts you could give your family and loved ones.

Pronouncing Death

David Duong | Posted 03.14.2016 | GPS for the Soul
David Duong

As I conduct the final exam, I reflect on the life of my patient -- this person that I have had the pleasure to connect with over the past days and weeks.

Who Should Bear a Dying Man's Burden?

Pranay Sinha | Posted 03.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Pranay Sinha

As physicians, we know that the patients are suffering. We know that their chances of returning to the life they desire are nonexistent. We know that this is a difficult decision. Should we respect their right to self-determination and help them continue this difficult existence until they decide to stop?

What Your Aging Parent Isn't Telling You - I Want to Discuss End-of-Life Issues

Patrick O'Brien | Posted 02.29.2016 | Fifty
Patrick O'Brien

Most of us live our lives as if we will be alive tomorrow, and for many years to come. Of course, that's not always the reality and at some point - ho...

Choosing a Hospice Care Program

Jim T. Miller | Posted 02.15.2016 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you offer any information on hospice care, how to choose a good provider, and whether Medicare covers it? My grandmother has t...

Elder Orphans: Steps that Block the Failures of Modern Death

Carol Marak | Posted 02.10.2016 | Fifty
Carol Marak

Who will represent my last wishes if the family or medical team won't let death do its job? It's a question every person should address with their fam...

Gratitude for Dr. Oliver Sacks' Insights at the End of Life

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 02.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Baughn

Dr. Sacks has certainly deepened our conversation and sharpened our insights about how to face the end of life with dignity, clarity and intentionality. His essays, originally published in the New York Times, drew millions of readers, and Gratitude has been on the best-seller list since it was published late last year.

Study Counters Huge Stereotype About How Americans Die

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics

The U.S. has a reputation for treating terminal illness too aggressively -- throwing all kinds of intensive, painful, but ultimately futile treatments...

Black Hospital Patients Given Cold Shoulder In Disturbing New Study

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 01.11.2016 | Science

Could the color of your skin affect the medical care you get at the end of your life? A disturbing new study published in the January issue of the Jou...

What Your Aging Parents Aren't Telling You - I'm Sick

Patrick O'Brien | Posted 01.11.2016 | Fifty
Patrick O'Brien

When raising children, we often try to shield them from problems and stress. We don't let them know that the mortgage is two months behind. We don't share our marital problems with them. And we do what we can to make sure they are happy, feel loved, and have the best chance to succeed in life.

My Academy Award Nominations for Best Health-Themed Movie of 2015

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 01.04.2016 | Entertainment
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Although there is no Oscar for the best health-themed movie, each year I nominate films for the year that have the best health themes. I select the w...

10 Ways To Live Life With No Regrets

Grace Bluerock | Posted 12.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Grace Bluerock

This impactful experience became a huge motivator for me to start living as if any day could be my last. We never know how long we will live, so we must make conscious choices each day to live fully and make the most out of each experience we have. Here are ten ways to start living life with no regrets.

The Intimacy of Death

Erin Coriell | Posted 11.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Erin Coriell

One's day-to-day experience of life no longer relies solely on the mind, but of the senses too. As fleeting as life is, this present moment living, generated by the awareness of death, renders great stillness. In these moments, life and death have no separation.