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End of Life Planning

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

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 09.04.2015 | 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.

Empathy and Decision Making

Mark Baer | Posted 08.17.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

We are both members of The Esquire Network (TEN) and he has been mentioning that we seem to have very similar approaches to the practice of law and suggesting that we should discuss it further over breakfast. We did just that.

How Washington D.C. Can Improve Care for Patients at the End of Life

Walter Smith | Posted 07.16.2015 | DC
Walter Smith

A MOST -- called a MOLST or POLST in other places -- guides conversations between a patient and the patient's medical team about specific treatment options and interventions in light of the expected course of the condition.

4 Practical Reasons To Consider Taking Out A Life Insurance Policy

Michael Lazar | Posted 07.15.2015 | Fifty
Michael Lazar

If for only the reason why we never really know when we'll go, a life insurance policy makes a lot of sense for most of us. The premiums are typically low and affordable (depending on the coverage of the plan that you elect and the provider), and the benefits can be well worth it just for that added peace-of-mind. Taking out a life insurance policy may be practical for you if any of the following four perks it offers are of concern.

Physician-Assisted Dying: Honest Choices

Steve Heilig | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Steve Heilig

Physician-assisted dying is a complex and emotional issue. Here is a new perspective done with a leading physician with much direct experience - and who has quit one of his professional medical associations due to their lack of integrity on the topic.

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

Kyrié Sue Carpenter | Posted 06.29.2015 | 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...

An Unexpected Father's Day Gift

Angelo Volandes | Posted 06.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Angelo Volandes

This is medicine's version of not seeing the forest for the trees. The vascular surgeon and cardiologist could repair my father's body, but how would that benefit him? Could he go on living in a way that was meaningful for him? Instead of searching for the next "fix," we need to know when to use -- or not use -- our growing tool kit of "fixes."

What One Woman Learned After Caring For Her Husband Through Lung Cancer

Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living

In 2005, Laura and her husband Tim opened a bakery in Ypsilanti, Michigan, fulfilling a lifelong goal of Tim's. In July 2012, Tim was diagnosed with s...

5 Things Doctors Get Wrong

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 04.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

I know we doctors can do a better job and it is time that we reform our own behavior. We can change health care for the better if we are willing to change ourselves first.

Why Some Doctors Struggle With the End of Life

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 02.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Ideally, we doctors must maintain that passion for life, but we must also make room for death, since every patient we treat will ultimately die from one cause or another. Doctors need to cultivate a view of life that includes the reality of death.

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.

The Important Conversation Almost No One Seems To Be Having

Cindy Capitani | Posted 01.16.2015 | Fifty
Cindy Capitani

My grandmother asked me to stay with her until it's over, and I can only think of a few reasons she'd ask me: She knows I'll talk about anything and won't mince words; she knows I will do anything for her if I'm able; and she knows I can be a calming presence. It took me a very long time to become a calming presence; it's still a daily practice.

Amanda Gutterman

Why We Need To Start Talking About Death Again | Amanda Gutterman | Posted 11.04.2014 | Books

Whether you call it “assisted suicide” or “death with dignity,” stories about people choosing to die on their own terms have been making the n...

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.

Letting Someone You Love Die: The Irony Behind a Living Will

Dr. Candi K. Cann | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Candi K. Cann

In the end, living wills are a gift -- to yourself and to your family. Because even though I wanted more than anything to leave my mother on life support, I knew that by taking her off of it, I was supporting her vision of life, and helping her control how she died.

Americans Don't Plan on Dying

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Many people who do not want to die in an intensive care unit, intubated, on a respirator, pierced by a web of intravenous lines are dying this way. For these individuals, this is worse than death. We cannot prevent death, but we can dictate how we want to be cared for at the end of our lives.

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.

Why More Americans Need to Talk About Death

Hilary Young | Posted 09.15.2014 | Fifty
Hilary Young

Whether due to changes in the economy or the fact that people are now living longer than ever before, there's no denying that the reality of growing older in America is expensive and most people are unprepared to take on the financial burden.

Into the Tunnel We Go: Life and Death in the Boomer World

Martha Nelson | Posted 09.07.2014 | Fifty
Martha Nelson

I find myself grappling more and more with the prospect of death. Mine, yours, his, hers, all of ours, in this land of over 50. To tell you the truth I should say, the land of late sixties, because that's where I am now.

Young Adult Cancer and the Law

Kevin Lankes | Posted 06.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Kevin Lankes

I didn't have a will going into my cancer diagnosis, or a power of attorney. I ended up writing a letter that I would have tried to pass off as a will had things gone awry. But simply having something in writing isn't enough.

New Research Shows Wide Support for Patients' End-of-Life Rights

Ashley B. Carson | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
Ashley B. Carson

The answer is simple: "physician-assisted suicide" is a grossly inaccurate way to describe the medical practice of aid in dying, both from a medical and legal perspective.

This Isn't Sarah Palin's Death Panel

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Those that use this legislation to scare people about Obamacare actually end up hurting those facing the end of their lives. That is a sick form of politics certainly in need of a cure.

Death as a Conversation Starter

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 10.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

Death and dying are a natural part of life's continuum. The more we as a society discuss this ubiquitous stage of life, the more educated and empowered we will be to navigate our own final days and those of our loved ones.

A New Must-Read Resource for Healthcare Consumers

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 09.30.2013 | Business
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

Because we are living longer, but with chronic conditions that may add decades to our lives, we need to be educated as to whether we, as individuals, want to endure whatever might arise based on the chronic nature of a diagnosis.

End of Life Is Just the Beginning

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

The cringe-inducing headlines of scandal and hyper partisan behavior greets us almost daily. Yet amid the conflict I'm encouraged about our work, designed to bring people together to solve problems, and the awareness and appreciation that surrounds it.