We are living in an unprecedented time as we adjust to the rapidly changing healthcare landscape created by COVID-19. Hospitals and healthcare professionals are trying to manage the demands created by the influx of affected patients and reported shortages of hospital beds and ventilators. Nursing home populations and older adults, often with underlying chronic medical conditions, are at the highest risk of being affected by COVID-19. Many will get sick, some critically, [...]
Debra Brockel knows her days are numbered. But her mind is at ease because she’s the one doing the counting. Brockel, 60, has suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, since 2006. She has endured severe exacerbations of the disease, which irreversibly damages the lungs, and all manner of medical treatment and hospitalizations. She has received hospice care from Pathways at her home in southwest Fort Collins since December after a [...]
The weekend sun has melted the snow and is encouraging the green grass. Fish are swimming lazily around the large backyard koi pond at his Elgin home. And Ralph McFadden looks good and feels good. None of which is ideal for a serious column about the suburban Compassion & Choices group he's working with to pass a "medical aid in dying" law in Illinois. "For your interview, I really ought to be dying," McFadden, [...]
New Book Releases regarding the growing awareness of an unacceptable status quo for dying in America.
New Book Releases In January 2019, Compassion & Choices released Finish Strong: Putting Your Priorities First at Life’s End. Since then, Finish Strong has become a rallying call to the public to lead with their values concerning end-of-life healthcare decisions. In response to the many supporters who have asked for an audiobook version of Finish Strong, we have completed production and will be releasing soon. Audiobooks are an accessible and ever-growing way Americans enjoy reading. According [...]
D.C. resident Trisha White, while grateful to have legal access to medical aid in dying, knows that practical access is not as straightforward and wants to help change that. more at link: Storyteller Spotlight: Trisha White
Note from the CEO: Opening Hearts and Minds to Make Room for Change The great historian Carter G. Woodson believed understanding the past opens doors to the future. He created what is now Black History Month in 1926 to highlight the contributions his community was making to this country’s development and success. During a time when they were not even seen as human, acknowledging African Americans’ impact had a ripple effect. Not [...]