Learn about Physician Assisted Death: California End of Life Option Act Goes Live

The  State of California has implemented the End of Life Option Act which goes live on June 9, 2015. According to this law, any adult with intact decision making capacity, who has a terminal illness and an anticipated lifespan of six months or less has the right to ask her/his attending physician for an aid-in-dying […]

Doctors struggle with conducting end-of-life conversations with their patients

A large study published in PLOS ONE identified common barriers doctors face in conducting end-of-life (EOL) conversations with their patients. 1040 doctors from various medical specialties participated in the study and only 0.01 % doctors reported no barriers to conducting EOL conversations with patients. 99.99% doctors reported barriers with 85.7% finding it very challenging to conduct EOL […]

In honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day: A reminder for patients to address end-of-life issues

When San Jose, Calif. residents Shirley and Eddie Jones wanted to discuss their end-of-life wishes, they encountered resistance from an unexpected source. As detailed in the video above, their beloved children refused to participate in the conversation. As with the Jones, the people who love you the most may not be willing to help you […]

Veteran’s Day 2014: Jerry Romano’s end-of-life care testimonial

As the population is aging, there is a great need for quality patient-centered, family oriented care for all older adults and their families. Over the past decade, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been well recognized for the very high quality of care provided to seriously ill veterans and their families. In fact,  the […]

Serving those who served: Growing need for quality geriatric palliative care for Veterans

  The Veteran population is rapidly aging  with 9.2 million veterans who are 65 years of age and older (See Table 1 below). 1.4 million Veterans are “old-old” i.e. 85 years or older. Like the late Mr. Martin Wise (US Coast Guard Veteran) shown in the video, most of the illness burdens borne by Veterans […]