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Doctors are torturing dementia patients at the end of their life. And it’s totally unnecessary.

Geoffrey Hosta is a board-certified emergency room doctor with more than 30 years of experience in emergency medicine. "About 1 in 4 elderly people will develop dementia. Many of them will be tortured by doctors. I should know: I am one of those doctors. I recently tortured an 88-year-old woman with advanced dementia. Her mind was gone. She didn’t know her own name. Like other advanced dementia patients, she suffered incontinence, aggression, [...]

November 29th, 2019|

Can I Bring Death Talk to My Holiday Dinner?

Can I Bring Death Talk to My Holiday Dinner? By Loretta S. Downs That was the question I was asked at a recent presentation I gave on Advance Healthcare Planning (ACP). “Of course, you can,” I replied. “Just be prepared with some information and look for an opening.” Whether you gather for the holidays with family of origin or family of choice, being with the people who care most about you is [...]

November 22nd, 2019|

Brittany Maynard’s Husband 5 Years After She Ended Her Life Amid Cancer: ‘I’m Immensely Proud’

People Magazine: Dan Diaz"Before her death, Diaz told his wife that he would continue working to get the law passed in more states. When Brittany died, it was available in Washington, Oregon, Vermont, and Montana. Five years later it’s available in nine states — including California, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Maine, New Jersey, Oregon, and Vermont — plus Washington D.C. “I promised Brittany that I would help work on this legislation in other [...]

October 29th, 2019|

‘Medical aid in dying’ discussed, debated at SIU forum

"Whether suffering is “intolerable,” Dr. David Grube said, “is defined by the patient. The point is the suffering is defined by the person, not by the doctor or the priest.” Grube, 72, a retired Oregon family physician who is national medical director for the nonprofit group Compassion & Choices, spoke to an audience of about 45 people in an auditorium on the Springfield campus of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. His [...]

October 18th, 2019|

Interest in ‘medical-aid-in-dying’ law rising in Illinois

Besides Oregon, medical aid in dying, with similar rules and provisions, is available in D.C. and the states of California, Colorado, Montana, Vermont, Washington state and, most recently, Hawaii, Maine and New Jersey — three states that enacted laws this year. With interest and support growing for such a law in Illinois, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s medical humanities department has invited a retired family physician who used the Oregon law [...]

October 13th, 2019|
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