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Do You Want to Die in an I.C.U.? Pandemic Makes Question All Too Real

4.24.20 Via The New York Times: Sobering statistics for older patients sharpen the need to draw up advanced directives for treatment and share them with their families.   Earlier this month, Cheryl Goldman, a retired high school teacher living on Long Island, called her son, Edo Banach, in Maryland. It seemed a routine chat until Ms. Goldman announced that if she became ill with Covid-19, she would decline a ventilator.   “I’m [...]

April 24th, 2020|

COVID-19 Toolkit

COVID-19 has given many Americans a new awareness of their own mortality and raised the relevancy of end-of-life planning. With that awareness is a new set of challenges: concern over whether a ventilator will be available if you need it; confusion over treatment options; and concerns about dying in complete isolation from your family — exactly the death many of us have always feared most. To help sort through these confusing topics, [...]

April 14th, 2020|

Staying Stronger Together A Webinar Series

From Compassion & Choices: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re adapting our programs to continue to connect with you through a webinar series. Throughout the series, we are inviting guests to talk about navigating your preferences for the end of life. Compassion & Choices’ Tools to Finish Strong lays the groundwork for our conversations. Our hope is that you will leave these webinars with information that makes you more comfortable and [...]

April 14th, 2020|

Note from the CEO of Compassion & Choices

Terminal illnesses can’t be put on hold. As I look out the window and welcome the first signs of spring — trees flowering, warmer weather, birds singing — life almost feels normal. It’s nearly unfathomable that just a couple of weeks ago, life WAS normal. Today, our world is dramatically different. Uncertainty is the new normal, as are face masks, hand sanitizers, timed grocery visits and social distancing. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted how [...]

April 5th, 2020|

Using Telehealth to Ensure Access to Adequate Care and a Compassionate Death in the Age of Coronavirus

Even for an organization that deals with health crises every day, the COVID-19 pandemic is sobering and calls for new tactics. In the early days of the pandemic, our seriously ill and terminally ill supporters began expressing deep-seated concerns: concerns that they were more vulnerable to contracting the coronavirus and dying prematurely, concerns that the idea of a “compassionate, pain-free death” was no longer possible given healthcare shortages, and concerns that they [...]

April 5th, 2020|

Storyteller Spotlight: Rita Perdichizzi

Rita Perdichizzi of Fayetteville, Georgia, is taking a proactive — and positive — approach to her diagnosis of early-onset dementia. Rita Perdichizzi knows vividly how relentless Alzheimer’s disease is, having helped care for her father the five years he lived with it before dying at age 76. As his disease progressed, he lost his ability to recognize people and even to read, although he had been a teacher. In 2015, at age [...]

April 5th, 2020|
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