For some seniors, family support increases end-of-life fears
Apr 01, 2010
Some groups of elderly people actually report being more afraid of death if they have a strong family network of caregivers, a new study finds.
Study: End-of-life care plans ease relatives’ depression, stress
Mar 25, 2010
Relatives of elderly patients nearing the end of life experience less stress and depression if their loved one has made his or her end-of-life care wishes known, a new study finds.
Feeding tubes at end of life should be last resort, researchers say
Jan 07, 2010
There is no real benefit to using feeding tubes to care for those approaching the end of life. They should be considered only as a last possible option, according to a report from the Royal College of...
Less than 20% of nursing homes have end-of-life care programs
Jan 05, 2010
Fewer than one in five nursing homes provide end-of-life care services, according to new research from the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.
House bill resurrects end-of-life care planning measure
Oct 30, 2009
You’ve got to admit that our federal congressmen have some moxie. This week they unveiled their long-awaited healthcare reform bill. Included in it not only is the touchy public option, but also...
Advance directives are not a proxy for euthanasia
Aug 25, 2009
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.
GOP chairman offers ‘Seniors’ Healthcare Bill of Rights’
Aug 25, 2009
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele on Monday outlined a “Seniors’ Healthcare Bill of Rights” in The Washington Post.
Study: End-of-life care planning improves quality of life of terminally ill patients
Aug 20, 2009
Amid the brouhaha over advance care planning, a new study finds that such counseling actually makes dying cancer patients feel better.