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End of Life Planning

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. 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.

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.

How to Choose the Right Executor for Your Will

Jim T. Miller | Posted 09.21.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Picking the right executor can help ensure the prompt, accurate distribution of your possessions with a minimum of family friction.

View From the Field: When Chronic Conditions Become Terminal

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 09.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

When Mr. Singh died in March, three generations of family members missed him terribly, but they knew they had done all they could to make sure that he died as he had lived -- at the center of his loving family.

Certainty

Martha Hayward | Posted 06.05.2013 | Fifty
Martha Hayward

The one holdout is death. Still today, in 2013, we do not prepare ourselves and our families for the one thing we will all face -- dying. Yet even though life expectancy has grown over the recent years, we are all experiencing the deaths of more family members than ever in history.

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.

Top 3 Innovations In Hospice Care

Malene Davis | Posted 05.20.2013 | Fifty
Malene Davis

You may have heard the word "hospice" in the news a lot lately. This isn't a surprise as we watch America's frail elderly population surge to unprecedented levels. Naturally, our country is talking about advanced illness care more audibly than ever before.

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 ...

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.

How to Save Money by Donating Your Body to Science

Jim T. Miller | Posted 01.24.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

With little money to spare, I'm looking for a cheap way to die and have heard that donating my body to science is free, not to mention it benefits medical research. What can you tell me about body donations?

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.

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.

Let The Terminally Ill Decide

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 09.15.2011 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

Uncle Ed was what you would call a man's man. A Korean War Veteran, he was nothing if not a planner. Yet at 84, we could not help but wonder who should make the decisions?

Talking About Death: We All Want To, We Just Don't Know How

Janice Van Dyck | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Janice Van Dyck

For heaven's sake (if you believe in heaven, and even if you don't), do talk to your loved ones about dying. Whisper about it if you have to. It can't hear you. Need help? Here are three easy steps to get you started.

What To Expect When A Loved One Receives A Terminal Diagnosis

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

Diseases and conditions that once proved quickly fatal no longer are. Instead, individuals and their families are increasingly likely to find themselves mired in a protracted process that only begins with a diagnosis.

Novel Ways To Think About Grief

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

This new grief is different. For one thing, it includes the loved one with the diagnosis. It also draws in the entire family into a prolonged crisis that some of our interviewees aptly described as "learning to live with death."

Why Hospitals Are The Worst Place To Be When You Are Sick (Part 2)

Judith Johnson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

The spread of infections in hospitals has reached epidemic proportions. In this followup, I want to share some of the resources that were shared with me in emails from readers.