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The Problem of Prolonging Life

The Problem of Prolonging Life

The Problem of Prolonging Life As my mother and I wrestled with the idea of turning off my father's pacemaker, I learned about the moral, medical, and legal obstacles to letting someone die.

Experts worry that there are not enough nursing homes and facilities to care for the growing number of seniors who are on their own.

The 'elder orphans' of the Baby Boom generation

"The 'elder orphans' of the Baby Boom generation" Experts worry that there are not enough nursing homes and facilities to care for the growing number of seniors who are on their own.

“We pay for another day in I.C.U.,” Dr. Joan Teno said. “But we don’t pay for people to understand what their goals and values are. We don’t pay doctors to help patients think about their goals and values and then develop a plan.”

Lots of questions, answers surround end-of-life care.

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Writing Workshops Help Seniors Tell Stories About Their Lives

A Wedding That Will Move You: Rowden & Leizel Most beautiful story i have ever seen.... my heart has been touched!

What would you do if you knew the love of your life wouldn’t live to see your planned wedding day?

"I think the problem is people are really not informed about pros, cons and alternatives to treatments that they are getting or offered." -Katy Butler, author of "Knocking On Heaven’s Door"

"I think the problem is people are really not informed about pros, cons and alternatives to treatments that they are getting or offered." -Katy Butler, author of "Knocking On Heaven’s Door"

When Sandy Bem found out she had Alzheimer’s, she resolved that before the disease stole her mind, she would kill herself. The question was, when?

The Last Day of Her Life

When Sandy Bem found out she had Alzheimer’s, she resolved that beforethe disease stole her mind, she would kill herself. The question was, when? Sandy Bem, a Cornell psychology professor on…

Death is a topic that is relevant to us all, and yet it simply isn’t pleasant to talk about. These speakers offer subtle reframes.

In Tana Toraja, weddings and births aren’t the social gatherings that knit society together. In this part of Indonesia, big, raucous funeral.

Dr. Atul Gawande's book, "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End," helped transform the conversation about aging

Dr. Atul Gawande on the questions we should be asking in end-of-life care

Atul Gawande's book, "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End," helped transform the conversation about aging

When I became a doctor, I thought death was the ultimate treatment failure. Now I realize that we're failing patients when we aren't honest with them about what end-of-life care can look like.

I’m a doctor. Preparing you for death is as much a part of my job as saving lives.

End of Life Care - When I became a doctor, I thought death was the ultimate treatment failure. Now I realize that we're failing patients when we aren't honest with them about what end-of-life care can look like.

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