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From slick videos to digital “time capsules,” folks have new ways to “stay alive” long after they die.
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.
Traditionally there for mothers giving birth, a doula’s role has evolved to comforting seniors facing death.
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.
Some terminal patients, typically high-dose opioid users, who choose to end their lives have taken many hours, even days, to die.
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.