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Aging Matters | End Of Life

Most Americans say they prefer to die at home. However, 70% of deaths occur in a hospital, nursing home or long term care facility. Aging Matters: End of Life weaves personal stories of families alongside interviews with scholars, doctors, and medical ethicists to explore the complicated experience of dying, and why so few live the death they say they want. The program explores how the culture of death and dying in America has been radically transformed by medical science, how the medical system reinforces our culture-wide unwillingness to face death, as well as efforts to change how Americans understand and talk about dying.

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Aging Matters: Resource Center on Aging, a profile of one church's unique ministry to help families navigate the sometimes complicated journey of aging.

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The Gift Initiative of Alive Hospice
The Gift Initiative is a community education collaborative in Tennessee led by Alive Hospice with partners from Vanderbilt University, Saint Thomas Health, PearlPoint Cancer Support and a growing list of individuals who recognize the critical need for education about advance planning for serious illness and end-of-life care.
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State of TN Advanced directives forms
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Aging with Dignity, Five Wishes document
Aging with Dignity is a national non-profit organization with a mission to affirm and safeguard the human dignity of individuals as they age and to promote better care for those near the end of life. The life and work of Mother Teresa of Calcutta served as the inspirational foundation of Aging with Dignity.
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The Conversation Project
The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care.
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National Institute on Aging
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Handbook for Mortals by Joanne Lynn, Janice Lynch Schuster, & Joan Harrold
Handbook for Mortals is warmly addressed to all those who wish to approach the final years of life with greater awareness of what to expect and greater confidence about how to make the end of their lives a time of growth, comfort, and meaningful reflection.
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Digital storage options:
www.MyDirectives.com
www.Docubank.com
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Aging Matters | End Of Life Town Hall

NPT partners with Alive Hospice to hold a conversation around end of life decisions. We invited doctors, chaplains, caregivers, hospice workers and community members to share their experiences and perspectives on what our community gets right- and what it gets wrong- when dealing with people in the last years or months of their lives.

Join us as we learn together what our options are and how we can be better prepare for a part of life we will all face.

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