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End of Life Consultations

This Isn't Sarah Palin's Death Panel

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

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.

End of Life Care Planning Matters for Everyone

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

My long connection with end-of-life care, its costs and consequences, took on a whole new dimension for me with a recent personal experience. Several...

Hospice: End-of-Life Conversations When the End Is in Sight

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 04.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

In this post, I'd like to explore the necessity, challenges and goals of having end-of-life conversations once the diagnosis of a life-limiting condition is confirmed.

Having an End-of-Life Conversation in the Midst of Life Part 2: Sit Down, Take Action

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 01.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

You have introduced the idea of having a family conversation, or a series of conversations, about end-of-life wishes and goals. Mom and Dad are on board, the adult children want to know more, and everyone is ready to take the next steps to ensure wishes are followed. Now what?

Hospice: Having an End-of-Life Conversation in the Midst of Life, Part 1

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 01.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

An end-of-life discussion is not a conversation likely to arise spontaneously on its own. Whether you are an aging parent or a concerned adult child, you must make the first move. Seize any opportunity to begin the conversation.

Uninformed Consent, Unshared Decision-Making in the ICU

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 11.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

Sadly, informed consent and shared decision-making, the twin pillars of patient-centered health care, aren't the rock-solid structures we would hope for. That's the lesson of a new study in the Journal of Intensive Care Medicine.

It's Time to Start Talking About End of Life

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 10.29.2012 | Fifty
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

It was my father, not I, who initiated the end-of-life "conversation" that would extend over more than two years. It began when he asked me to come over so we could review some "materials" he'd put together.

Facing Frailty at End of Life

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 08.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

My father does not want to die and I understand that. That said, I have watched as over the past three years the quality of his life has been steadily reduce to something approaching zero.

Reflections On Jack Kevorkian: Who Owns Death?

Janice Van Dyck | Posted 08.04.2011 | Healthy Living
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.

Signs of Hope in Western States

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara Coombs Lee

Historically, end-of-life choice has suffered at the hands of politicians. The people's simple yearning for freedom and control at the end of life has been no match for the heavy hand of politicians.

When the Politics of Death Lacks Dignity

Scott Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Swenson

As frustrating as our broken political system is, when it comes to communicating complex ideas, just having the conversation is itself a victory.

Who Failed the American People?

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Barbara Coombs Lee

The federal government once again has decided not to help seniors with advance care planning. On Wednesday, the Obama administration announced it is d...

New Medicare Regulations Empower Patients

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Barbara Coombs Lee

New Medicare regulations to take effect January 1 will include a provision physicians, social workers and families pushed for. The New York Times rep...

Why Health Reform Was the Right Thing to Do

Raymond Leon Roker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Raymond Leon Roker

After the House passed the Democrat's health care bill, Republicans vowed to repeal the soon-to-be-law. my answer to them is, have at it. They couldn't be more wrong about what makes this country great.

Why Healthcare Reform is Good for Older Americans

Kelly Matheson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kelly Matheson

The Elder Justice Act in the health reform bills would finally provide the increased federal resources and leadership to prevent, detect, treat, understand, intervene in and, where appropriate, prosecute elder abuse.

Debate Misses Point of End-of-Life Counseling

Gail Austin Cooney, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gail Austin Cooney, M.D.

As a doctor specializing in palliative care and hospice, I'm disheartened to see how end-of-life counseling was twisted into something sinister and untrue, then ultimately dropped because it was deemed too divisive.

Health Care Reform and Death

Paul Gewirtz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Gewirtz

Death is essentially a taboo topic in public debates, and serious discussion about terminal illness and death has been almost completely lacking in the recent health care debates.

End of Life Consultations: Adults Only

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara Coombs Lee

Some leaders prefer to confine us in childhood, so we need never acknowledge, grieve over or plan for our own deaths. A childish approach to end-of-life issues permeated the August recess.

The Truth About End of Life Care

Jeanette Aileen Fuller | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jeanette Aileen Fuller

So much has been said by those who claim to understand what "end of life care" means, and all of it has little if any root in truth. So, I will give you my personal experience with "end of life counseling."

Policies of Fear or Ignorance?

Ryan Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ryan Mack

Living wills and health care proxies are very critical documents and every independent citizen, young and old, should have these documents within his or her estate plan.

Nazi Medicine

Michael Berenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Berenbaum

Reviewing what the Nazis actually did -- and why -- shows that recent inapt "Nazi" comparisons reveal more about the attackers than the president's or Congress's current proposals.

Why End of Life Counseling Is Imperative

Hale "Bonddad" Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hale

For loved ones, end of life planning makes one of the most difficult times that much easier to deal with. Instead of helping families plan for this, we are getting fear mongering and stupidity.

So it Begins -- the August Attack on Health Care Reform

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

I received a mass email that exhorted the recipients to pray because of the disaster to befall on us if health care reform is passed. I went through every charge and answered it.

GOP Senator Undercuts Party's "Elder Murder" Claims

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As I've been noting, conservatives and Republican leaders have been running wild with the claim that the House Dems' health care reform bill, by offer...