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Health Care Agent: Who Not To Choose

Carefully Select Your Health Care Agent by Shannon Miller, Esq. Since aging is inevitable along with the physical, mental and emotional changes that come with it, we must be prepared to take care of business if we become incapacitated.  I believe that everyone deserves an end of life that is defined by them and in order for this to happen, you must have some legal documents in place. Having a well thought out plan listing who you want to act in your stead (your agent) and the guidelines you wish to be followed are outlined in...

Posted by on Oct 16, 2016

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End of Life Options: New Developments

This past week we saw a few developments involving end of life options, one a local story and the other a national story out of California.  Our job is to keep you informed of issues impacting us as we age so we can be prepared, take action, and experience the quality of life we desire. A Local End of Life Story “After enduring great physical pain for several years, Jean lost the strength to keep on living … And, Joe, watching his beloved Jean suffer, was unable to imagine life without her; so they both chose to end...

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016

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Right To Die or Right To Choose?

An Important End of Life Question A provoking conversation with NPR’s host Diane Rehm about her husband’s battle with Parkinson’s Disease. When John Rehm could not legally receive medical aid to die comfortably, he followed his doctor’s suggestion and starved himself to death. The experience set Rehm on a path to better understanding medically assisted death and the right to die, which is only legal in a handful of states. Rehm is also preparing to retire this fall, after she turns 80. Her new book is “On My...

Posted by on May 5, 2016

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End-of-Life Conversations: Difficult for Doctors Too

We all know end-of-life discussions are difficult for families.  We recognize National Healthcare Decisions Day to bring awareness to advance care planning and encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be.  And the urgency for these end-of-life conversations is sooner rather than later. Doctors Struggle With End-of-Life Discussions NPR presents an article that tells the other side of the story: the struggle for the doctors that...

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016

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End Of Life Choices: Brittany Maynard One Year Later

You may remember our blog post last year sharing the story of Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old young woman with aggressive terminal brain cancer and a prognosis of death in the following few weeks. She decided to relocate to Oregon from California to take advantage of Oregon’s death with dignity law which allows terminally ill Oregon residents to obtain and use prescriptions from their physicians for self-administered, lethal medications. Brittany’s message was clear– death with dignity gave her a choice about end of...

Posted by on Nov 1, 2015

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