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 […]

Veterans and Palliative Care with Dr. VJ Periyakoil

This weekend on YOUR HEALTH® Radio Dr. Adam Goldstaein & Dr. Cristy Page are talking with Dr. VJ Periyakoil, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University about Veterans and Palliative Care. Listen to the show here. YOUR HEALTH® is a weekly one hour radio talk show on patient health produced by the University of […]

Why Multiethnic Doctors Struggle With Patients’ End-of-Life Care

Photo: V.J. Periyakoil, MD, directs Stanford University’s Palliative Care Education & Training Program (Richard Springer) New America Media, News Report, Liz Seegert, Posted: May 05, 2015 SANTA CLARA, Calif.–A provocative examination of end-of-life care brought this question into sharp focus for journalists attending the recent Health Journalism 2015 conference here. Paul Kleyman, who moderated a […]

Stanford Program Helps Vietnamese RN Realize His Eldercare “Calling”

Nguoi Viet/New America Media, News Feature, Andrew Lam, Posted: Feb 28, 2015 SAN JOSE, Calif.–At only age 28, Chi Mai, is a dedicated registered nurse, but it’s not just his profession. “It’s my calling,” he emphasized. “I’m a devout Catholic and my ultimate goal being a nurse is to save as many lives as possible […]

Stanford Program Educates on End-of-Life Care for Indian Americans

by Reena Rathore, Special to India-West SARATOGA, Calif. — Chandra Lakhani traveled back and forth between India and the United States for several years before finally making the U.S. her base in 2004 to take care of her grandchildren after her young daughter-in-law passed away. Lakhani, now 66, has her hands full keeping up with […]

Japanese American Seniors Write Letters to the Future

by Nichi Bei Weekly/New America Media, News Feature, Tomo Hirai BERKELEY, Calif.– With a racial and age demographic shift on the horizon, Stanford University Medical School launched a mini-fellowship to educate the public on how they can serve ethnic minority seniors. Through it, gerontologist Laurie Ulrick developed a project for Japanese American seniors to pass […]

Stanford Successful Aging (iSAGE) Mini-fellow in the News: Study on Hope and Optimism among homeless Alaska Native Elders

by Deborah Bach, News and Information, originally posted by UW Today. Mention homeless people and words like optimistic, hopeful and happy are typically not what spring to mind. More likely, said Jordan Lewis, an assistant professor in the University of Washington’s School of Social Work, the stereotypes are negative – “that they’re chronic alcoholics, depressed, […]

Immigrants Facing Death Without Home Hospice Support

Photo: Alice Bian in her funeral supply store. (Alhambra Source/Daniela Gerson) LOS ANGELES–Alice Bian’s business is death. She boasts that her Valley Boulevard funeral supply store in Alhambra, Calif., carries the United States’ most extensive collection of Chinese afterlife-ritual items and clothes for the deceased: silk capes and pants with drawstrings that make it easy […]

NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman Shares Her Family’s End of Life Discussions

Primetime television is again turning its attention to end of life issues. In a recent episode of NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Chief Medical Editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman talks about end of life conversations. But for Dr. Snyderman, this was not just another news story- this is personal. The segment featured a conversation with […]

Pain, Pain Go Away: Palliative Care for San Francisco Elders Goes Beyond Meds

Photo: Norbert Charles is a volunteer at the Curry Senior Center in San Francisco. Recently diagnosed with cancer, he now receives palliative care at Curry. (John Burks/Central City Extra) SAN FRANCISCO–Norbert Charles worked for seven years as a volunteer at Curry Senior Center, helping mostly low-income Tenderloin neighbors with failing health. He showed them movies, […]