ElderCarelink Blog

On Our Own Terms: A powerful documentary airing October 25th

by Carol Bursack
October 21st, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Bill Moyers, the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist, interviewed dozens of terminally ill patients to create a four-part exploration of end-of-life issues that span thoughts about everything from health care to cultural attitudes.

A press release I received from PBS includes quotes of high praise. The New York Daily News hails it as “ambitious, astoundingly moving, and relevant”, and The Washington Post calls it “an extraordinary achievement.”

After viewing the double DVD release of “On Our Own Terms,” I can say I fully agree.

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Hospice care and the elephant in the room

by Judy Kirkwood
September 13th, 2011 at 9:00 am

I just got a call from a friend–a former social worker–who had been trying to steer a caregiving daughter toward considering hospice care for her mother. At only 75 pounds and with inoperable cancer, the mother is probably a good candidate for receiving end of life care, and it would be a blessing to the daughter to have more support.

The problem is the mother is still sharp enough to know that if she goes into hospice care she is most likely not coming out. Nobody wants to talk about that elephant in the room. But it is taking up a lot of space and energy that could otherwise be put toward settling affairs and last chances for bonding.

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