Advance Directives

Advance directives are vital documents for personal care goals

Advance directives are vital documents for personal care goals

When completing an AD, the patient should consider what is most important, asking such questions as "Who can make medical decisions with the physician if I am unable?

And he did it 'his way' — will you and yours?

And he did it 'his way' — will you and yours?

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Packing for New Jersey to help Bernie (my father-in-law, whom I was honored to call "Dad") navigate his transition from hospitalization to SNF, something told me to pack a suit.

Advance directives reach record levels, but this does not lead to more hospice use, researchers find

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Seniors are completing advance directives in record numbers, but this is not having the expected effect of shifting people from hospitals to hospices in their last days, say researchers from the University of Michigan and the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System.

When the caregiving glass is half-empty

When the caregiving glass is half-empty

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The prevailing wisdom in healthcare is that a family member's inability to accept a loved one's impending death or a dire prognosis relates to miscommunication. A new study turns this on its ear.

Advance directives mean more palliative, less costly care, study shows

Advance directives mean more palliative, less costly care, study shows

Individuals with advance directives are more likely to receive palliative care and are less likely to die in a hospital, a new study finds.

Scientists developing blood test for Alzheimer's

Scientists have developed an antibody-screening blood test that may one day be used to detect diseases such as Alzheimer's.

GOP chairman offers 'Seniors' Healthcare Bill of Rights'

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele on Monday outlined a "Seniors' Healthcare Bill of Rights" in The Washington Post.

Advance directives are not a proxy for euthanasia

Advance directives are not a proxy for euthanasia

It is a mistake to think that advance care planning in any way hurts seniors. Such discussions may lead to more end-of-life care instead of less and help preserve individuals' decision-making rights.

Study: End-of-life care planning improves quality of life of terminally ill patients

Amid the brouhaha over advance care planning, a new study finds that such counseling actually makes dying cancer patients feel better.

Obama addresses rumors about healthcare reform, accuses opponents of using scare tactics

Obama addresses rumors about healthcare reform, accuses opponents of using scare tactics

President Barack Obama attempted to clear up misconceptions about healthcare reform in a town hall meeting Tuesday. One rumor he addressed is that reform would create government death panels that would "pull the plug on grandma."

Obama, AARP begin push to win seniors' support for reform

Obama, AARP begin push to win seniors' support for reform

Proposed cuts to Medicare and misinformation about advance care planning in legislation have raised concerns among seniors over healthcare reform. Now the Obama administration is facing an uphill battle to win over this reluctant group of voters, recent news articles say.