Category Archives: Social issues

What is a good death?

The definition of a good death is definitely individual, and this article features the decisions of a woman who bravely faced her death with a clear understanding of what a good death means to her, and had the foresight to communicate her wishes to her children.

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http://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/SB10001424127887324577304579054880302791624-lMyQjAxMTA0MDAwNDEwNDQyWj

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The importance of culture at the end-of-life

This is an interesting article about how people have different cultural perspectives about a death, talking about the “silver-brown tsunami” that is too often overlooked in the health care system.

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http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/05/04/different-cultures-bring-own-values-to-end-of-life-journeys/8674637/

What to do with Mom & Dad

This is a video series on ABC news that talks about issues surrounding elder care. This particular video is an introduction, but the whole series is available online. Interesting discussion about the implications of the silver tsunami.

http://abcnews.go.com/WN/ElderCare/

Eldercare: The Forgotten Feminist Issue

In an age where more women are engaged in the workforce, who will fill the roles that women are leaving? This article raises some important questions.

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(This was written late last year; I pitched it a few places but received little interest. I’m posting it here because, well, it’s an important conversation.)

One of my favorite pictures of my mom. Mom, back in the day.

As I write this my mother is fast asleep in a nursing home, her third stint in 15 months. It is a heartbreaking thing, watching your parent slowly succumb to her mortality. You try to prepare yourself for the call you’ll get in the middle of the night from a nurse reluctant to give you the news you’ve been dreading for years. But no amount of preparation will ready you for that call. No amount of alcohol will lessen the pain. Even writing about it is hard because it forces you to deal with an absolute, inescapable truth. She is dying, and you are powerless to stop it.

The woman I now visit several times a week is not…

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