Dr. Karen Wyatt discusses what’s new and noteworthy in the end-of-life arena this month:
Medscape article reveals that 1/3 of all people in the US with advance directives actually request more medical intervention at the end-of-life, rather than choosing to limit medical intervention; question: What is “futile” care?
Helsinki, Finland project allows young people to live at low cost within senior living centers in exchange for interacting with the elderly residents
PEACH program in Toronto provides mobile palliative care to the homeless
France has a “deep sleep bill” allowing terminal sedation that has passed the lower house of parliament
National Geographic article shows interesting death customs of Torajan people of Indonesia
Demonstration project for curative care occurring simultaneously with hospice care may be doomed because criteria for participation is too narrow and numbers are too small
Video game “That Dragon, Cancer” has been released
Stanford Letter Project is an interesting resource for creating advance directives in the form of a letter to physician, family members
Parting.com has an interactive map that shows funeral costs in each state of the US; discussion about living funerals
Tribute to 13 yo Delaney Clements who died this week and left us with a beautiful , joyful video expressing her wishes for her funeral
Dr. Karen Wyatt interviews Edgar Barens who is the director of the documentary film “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall.” The film focuses on hospice care being offered to a dying inmate at the Iowa State Penitentiary, where fellow inmates help provide care to the sick and dying. This film would be an excellent selection for a community-wide film series and discussion group.
In this interview you will learn about:
the process of creating this film and what motivated Edgar Barens to take on such a project
the aging prison population and the need for hospice care in prisons
the prison hospice model and how it differs from traditional hospices
the use of fellow prisoners as volunteer caregivers
Learn all about the rapidly growing, grassroots movement of the Death Cafe from Betsy Trapasso who has been hosting cafes in Los Angeles for the past 3 years. Betsy will share stories from her own experiences with Death Cafe Los Angeles and fill us in on:
How and why she started Death Cafe LA
The benefits of hosting a Death Cafe
How to plan and promote a Death Cafe in your own community
Whether you are interested in starting or attending a Death Cafe or if you just work in the end-of-life arena, you will want to listen in to this informative interview!
Today Dr. Karen Wyatt discusses several “Action Steps” you can take in your own community to help improve end-of-life care. Change begins with the individual and if you want to ensure that your own dying is handled with respect and dignity then you should start now to help implement change. This podcast offers tangible steps you can take–some are easy, some will require a lot more effort–to get your community talking about and making changes in how death and dying are managed. Some of the tips include: