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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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At least 500 terminally ill Californians have asked for the medicine that allows them to end their lives, and nearly 500 health organizations have signed on to help.
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Traditionally there for mothers giving birth, a doula’s role has evolved to comforting seniors facing death.
Some older adults are living in the same senior communities as their parents, which streamlines caretaking in the end-of-life years.
A San Diego program helps chronically ill people avoid the hospital by teaching them how to better manage their diseases and telling them what to expect in their final years. Other health providers and insurers around the country are trying similar approaches.
A state with integrated systems for end-of-life care offers better treatment for the seriously ill, according to a new study.
Many people age 75 or older can take steps to avoid a crisis in the remaining years of their lives.
More than 30 states have laws on the books to allow dying patients the right to try experimental treatments. But these treatments may not be covered by insurance, and ethicists worry vulnerable people could be exploited near the end of their lives. The laws may also duplicate a process the FDA already has in place.
Hospice groups are teaming up with specially trained paramedics to deal with common problems that worried patients or families incorrectly think need hospital care.
Some terminal patients, typically high-dose opioid users, who choose to end their lives have taken many hours, even days, to die.
A Republican-led effort to overturn D.C.’s aid-in-dying law may catalyze a broader effort to ban the practice nationally.
The federal program paid $16 million in the first six months of 2016 to counsel 223,000 patients about treatment preferences in their last days.
Taking time to discuss the inevitable can help conquer a universal fear.
Humor may be an antidote for the pain of death for both patients and survivors.
In California, Colorado and four other states, many hospitals, health systems and doctors just say no.
More hospitals, including Montefiore Medical Center in New York, are setting up support centers to help stressed-out family members cope.
One terminally ill man’s hope to be disconnected from his respirator and donate his organs was almost thwarted, despite his best laid plans.