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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."