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Seniors are living longer and defying predictions of cognitive and functional decline. Wellness coaches guide them in setting goals for the year — whether physical, social, intellectual or spiritual.
Video advance directives enable people to speak directly to their families and physicians about their wishes for end-of-life care.
A vital tradition is gaining steam as more families use the holiday gathering to discuss and document advance-care plans.
Fewer than half of health care workers at a nonprofit Florida hospice had completed advance directives for end-of-life care.
Patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias can say in advance if and when they want caregivers to stop offering food and fluids by hand.
A majority of Americans say it’s important to write down their medical wishes in case of serious illness, but only a third have done so.
U.S. hospice agencies promise to be available around-the-clock to help patients dying in their homes. But a Kaiser Health News investigation shows that in an alarming number of cases, that promise is broken.
Advertising for hospitals, unlike pharmaceutical companies, doesn’t have to be backed up by data or facts. Cheerful messages of hope can feel like a slap in the face to a dying patient.
Tiny Washington state hospice accepts no federal funds, relies on community volunteers and donations to serve the dying.
Nora Harris, 64, who had early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, raised questions about the power — and limits — of an advance directive to withdraw care.
A new link creates two-way access to the state registry that documents the type of medical care sick and frail patients want — or refuse.
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Hospice care often prompts fear and misunderstanding, but the services provided can lead to less pain and trauma at the end of life.
Oregon court says Alzheimer’s patient Nora Harris must be spoon-fed. But her husband says she never wanted to live like this.
This is the first federal website designed to help families choose a hospice, but experts aren’t impressed.
In the first year of payments for advance-care planning sessions, once decried as ”death panels,“ use is higher than expected, new data show.
Only about a third of U.S. adults have advance directives in place to guide the care they receive in the event that they are unable to make their own decisions about life-sustaining medical treatments.
An end-of life-planning website can encourage patients to tackle that difficult topic before they become too ill to communicate, according to a new study. But they may be more likely to make concrete plans with help from a doctor or social worker.
From slick videos to digital “time capsules,” folks have new ways to “stay alive” long after they die.
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