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End of Life Decisions

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.

Valentine's Day Gifts - Living Wills, Advance Directives, DNRs

Joseph Cooper | Posted 04.13.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Two of the most notable books published in the U.S. in 2013 "trouble" readers with medical, ethical, moral, emotional, psychological and legal struggles that arise when a loved one is succumbing to insidious pain and irreversible incapacity.

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.

A Family's Struggle: Dealing With End of Life

Nancy Brown | Posted 02.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Advanced illness is unfortunately an aspect of life. While our culture no longer whispers the name of serious conditions such as cancer, we far too often go silent on the subject of dealing with a disease that is likely to take the life of someone we love.

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.

How to Ensure Your Pets are Cared for After You're Gone

Jim T. Miller | Posted 05.26.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Pet trusts have become more and more popular over the years as senior pet owners are looking for ways to ensure their pets will be well cared for when they're no longer able to do the caring. Here are some tips to help you get started.

Why I Trust A Friend With The Most Important Decision Of My Life

Next Avenue | Posted 03.17.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Jane Gross When we designate a health care proxy to speak for us in an emergency, a family member may not always be ...

You Never Know Until You're There

Martha Nelson | Posted 11.18.2012 | Fifty
Martha Nelson

As she aged, she'd see a show on television or read something in the newspaper about a lingering or painful death and say with conviction, "When my time comes, let me go."

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.

Why Dying Is Different for Doctors

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 07.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

Because of our exposure to and understanding of how people die, physicians, at least in my experience, tend to deal with death differently than those outside of the profession.

When Your Loved Ones Hold Your Life in Their Hands

Janice Van Dyck | Posted 06.16.2012 | Healthy Living
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.

Does God Prefer Longevity Over Quality Of Life?

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 06.02.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

For Christians, this is one of the most important weeks of our liturgical calendar. This is the week that we should be contemplating what we never want to contemplate: death.

A 'Must-See' Documentary: Consider the Conversation

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 12.10.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

If you feel America's attitude toward the end of life is deeply flawed, but you can't put your finger on exactly why or how to make it better, you should see this film.

The Medicare Crisis And End Of Life Care

Tamara McClintock Greenberg | Posted 08.07.2011 | Healthy Living
Tamara McClintock Greenberg

It turns out that modern medicine can do a lot to preserve us and we have a lot of choices in terms of how we want to live.

Knowing When To Let Go And Accept Death

Andrew Kneier, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Andrew Kneier, Ph.D.

In our culture, it seems more acceptable to "rage against the dying of the light" and fight to the bitter end than to take stock of what your life has been about and to be at peace with your coming death.

Handling Family Dynamics Around A Dying Loved One

Judith Johnson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

While everyone might sincerely believe that they all have the patient's best interest in mind, they may have diametrically opposed views about what that would look like.

Katy Butler's "Broken Heart"--A Must Read for All Doctors (And Patients)

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

Point the finger at our fix-it-fast, think-about-the-big-picture-later medical system in which doctors get rewarded to do procedures instead of communicating effectively with their patients.

Now Comes the Hardest Decision

Fawn Germer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Fawn Germer

Dad called yesterday to tell me he'd wheeled my mother into the cafeteria at the nursing home. He was elated, because Mom smiled and made eye contact.

1 In 4 Elderly Need Care Decisions Made For Them

AP | STEPHANIE NANO | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK — A significant number of the elderly – more than one in four – will eventually need someone to make end-of-life decisions ...