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.

Additional Resources

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
My Healthcare Wishes

 

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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Additional Resources

The Gift Initiative The Gift Initiative is a community education collaborative in Tennessee led by Alive Hospice, recognizing the critical need for education about advance planning for serious illness and end-of-life care.

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Advance Care Planning, Preferences for Care at the End of Life. A report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on how physicians and other health care professionals can help their patients with advance care planning and assess patient preferences for care at the end of life.

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Early Palliative Care for Patients with Metastatic Non–Small-Cell Lung CancerAn article from the New England Journal of Medicine studying the effects of early palliative care on patients with a particular form of cancer.

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Palliative Care – A Shifting ParadigmAn editorial from the New England Journal of Medicine about the benefits of palliative care.
Tennessee’s Advance Care Plan An Advance Care Plan is a document that tells your doctor how you want to be treated if you are terminally ill or permanently unconscious. Also known as a living will, Tennessee’s Advance Care Plan was updated in 2004 and includes an area to designate a health care agent. The Health care agent is the person you would want to speak for you in the case that you can no longer make decisions for yourself. You can access Tennessee’s Advance Care Plan and find more resources about advance care planning at thegiftinititative.org.