Monday, May 23, 2022

Play

Pennsylvania tries to land a regional hydrogen hub, a new study confirms college grads are twice as likely to get good jobs, and a U.S. military plane flies 35 tons of baby formula from Germany to Indianapolis.

Play

Operation Fly Formula's first shipment arrives, worries of global food shortages grow, President Biden is concerned about a monkeypox outbreak, and a poll says Americans support the Title 42 border policy.

Play

From off-Broadway to West Virginia: the stories of the deadly Upper Big Branch mine explosion, baby formula is on its way back to grocery shelves, and federal funds will combat consolidation in meatpacking.

On World Alzheimer’s Day, New Help to Plan Ahead

Play

Monday, September 21, 2020   

NEW YORK -- A national group has created new online tools to help people diagnosed with dementia determine the kinds of care they will want, including end-of-life care.

Today is World Alzheimer's Day, and research indicates a rising wave of dementia in the wake of the COVID pandemic.

Without an advance directive on care, doctors are likely to prolong a patient's life for as long as possible.

Kim Callinan, president and CEO of the group Compassion and Choices, said polling data shows most people would prefer a natural death rather than living for years in a condition they consider worse than dying.

The group has released videos and online tools to help make these care wishes known.

"It allows a person to reclaim their voice and identify the point at which they would want their caregivers and their medical team to support them in allowing a natural death to take place," Callinan said.

Dementia affects one out of three dying seniors in the United States.

Callinan said the tools use a series of questions to give a person the chance to think about and decide for themselves what types of medical care they want when they are no longer able to make their wishes known.

"It will tell their caregiver whether or not they would want to continue with aggressive treatments, whether they would want other diseases to end their suffering, or whether they would want all available treatment."

She noted the tools allow users to create a Dementia Healthcare Directive that empowers health-care proxies to implement informed decisions on the patient's behalf.

Callinan added the tool also is important for the adult children of seniors who may be faced with making those decisions. And they may want to encourage their parents to use the tools, as she did with her own parents.

"I want to be able to honor and respect what you want," Callinan said. "Would you take the time to go through this tool with me? Because it will help me know that I am showing love for you, exactly how you want me to show it."

Research shows New York is one of the ten jurisdictions in the United States with the highest rates of Alzheimer's disease.

Disclosure: Compassion and Choices contributes to our fund for reporting on Civic Engagement, Health Issues, Senior Issues, and Social Justice. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


get more stories like this via email
Around 17% of bachelor's degrees awarded to Black students nationwide come from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and research shows HBCUs boost economic mobility and generational wealth.(Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

One of North Carolina's oldest Historically Black Colleges and Universities is finding new ways to help students stay enrolled and graduate. Recent …


Social Issues

A new survey finds 8 in 10 Kentucky parents say afterschool programs could help their child combat social and mental-health struggles by reducing unpr…

Environment

A technology that once existed only in science fiction soon could emerge as a viable solution to climate change. The city of Flagstaff has added …


Environment

Minnesota has more than 10,000 brownfield sites, which are abandoned or idled properties in need of contamination removal. State officials will soon …

Georgetown researchers found that Black American women are the most likely to have to turn to student loans for college, and hold the most student loan debt, compared with their peers. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

By age 35, workers with a bachelor's degree or higher are about twice as likely as workers with just a high school diploma to have a good job - one …

Environment

The mayor of Huntington, where more than 200 homes were recently damaged by severe flooding, said now is the state's "one chance" to prevent other …

Health and Wellness

By Skylar Baker-Jordan for The Daily Yonder.Broadcast version by Chance Dorland for the Tennessee News Service/Public News Service Collaboration The …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021