When the Burdens of Living Outweigh the Benefits

When I read The Washington Post article’s title, “At 94, she was ready to die by fasting,” I thought “Oh no!”  Upon further reading, I learned that Rosemary Bowen did not actually fast, which by definition is stopping all nutritional intake, but rather, she...

How Not To Die In The ER

This extraordinary piece we share with you today is a thoughtful and moving example of just what it takes to get well-meaning medical providers to pay attention to what we (the patients) want, not what they think we need.  The story is a hard but valuable lesson about...

An Act of Love

I was talking with my friend, Jen, today and she told  me about the death of her 96 year old grandmother. There were some important things she shared with me about the good death her grandmother had and the comfort she received from that experience.   The first was...

Dealing with Dementia: What Do I Do?

 Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common health problems people face in their seventies and eighties. However, did you know you can take certain measures before such a diagnosis to ease such a transition for yourself, your family, and your caregivers? Let’s look...