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November Is National Family Caregivers Month

  Since at least 2000, presidents have designated November as National Family Caregivers Month to honor the more than 40 million caregivers across the country who support aging parents, ill spouses or other loved ones with disabilities who remain at home. “These everyday heroes, living quietly among us in families and communities across the country,

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The truth about working in hospice care

  November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month… Working in the nursing field is both rewarding and challenging, and never was this truer than for those who work as hospice nurses. People who pursue this career often see it as a calling, a job they’re drawn to. They consider it a privilege to help

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November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

National Hospice and Palliative Care month is all November long. The goal is to raise awareness and support around the nation for programs that often go without notice… To most, Hospice means ‘giving up’ and ‘dying’. Hospice is a word that most shun away from and avoid like it’s a catchable cold. Despite common misconception,

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Standing against assisted suicide

  Growing dissatisfaction among families whose terminally ill loved ones face excruciating suffering has ignited debate over whether people should be allowed to control their deaths by asking doctors for lethal prescriptions. On the side opposing assisted suicide is the Patients Rights Action Fund, led by executive director Matt Valliere. The group believes legalizing medically

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World Medical Association Reaffirms its Strong Opposition to Assisted Suicide & Euthanasia

  The World Medical Association (WMA) recently held its 70th General Assembly meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia, and reaffirmed a commitment: “to the principles of medical ethics and that utmost respect has to be maintained for human life.  Therefore, the WMA is firmly opposed to euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. “For the purpose of this declaration, euthanasia

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Terminal Las Vegas Woman Debates Widow on the Issue of Assisted Suicide

  …Olivas has multiple myeloma,  a terminal type of blood cancer. And after going through chemotherapy—a process that might extend her life five years—she stopped when doctors said her liver and kidneys were being damaged… So about a year after starting treatment, she decided she wanted to seek medical aid in dying, which a lot of

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Swiss doctor sentenced for helping healthy woman to die

    A court in Geneva has given a suspended sentence to the regional vice-president of EXIT, Pierre Beck, for helping an 86-year-old woman to die when she was not sick. He was found guilty of breaking federal law on therapeutic substances and given a suspended 120-day jail sentence. The court thus confirmed a criminal order issued by the Office

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One Doctor. 25 Deaths. How Could It Have Happened?

  People who believe that the supposed “safeguards” in assisted suicide laws protect against mistakes, coercion, and abuse are blind to power imbalances: between doctors and patients; insurers and insurance members; caregivers and care recipients. In assisted suicide, there is a huge power imbalance between doctors and people requesting hastened death. No matter how benevolent

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In US and Canada, assisted suicide laws endanger people with disabilities

  The media is ignoring a major US report on assisted suicide. Speeches by supporters of assisted suicide always include a big shout-out for people with disabilities. Hey, guys, you’re top on our list of favs; we’re just working out the delicate balance against individual rights. Just hang in there; we love youse all. Which,

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Ruling on Assisted Suicide Opens a Pandora’s Box

  We must ensure we do everything we can to help people with psychiatric disorders live better lives rather than offering better ways of dying. The Quebec Superior Court’s decision to strike down the restriction that limited assisted dying to terminally ill patients, i.e., the clause that a person’s natural death must be “reasonably foreseeable,”

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New Report Highlights Dangers of Assisted Suicide Laws for the Disability Community

The National Council on Disability (NCD) released a new report highlighting the dangers of legalizing assisted suicide for the disability community. The NCD also issued a series of recommendations for departments across the government while reaffirming its stance that assisted suicide should not be legal in the United States. On Wednesday, the NCD published Assisted

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What can seem like dignity can turn out to be anything but

I sympathize with Bobbi Jacobsen (“I have ALS, and I hope for a dignified death,” Opinion Exchange, Sept. 24). Like her, I became severely disabled as an adult. But I oppose assisted suicide: It’s too dangerous. Assisted suicide can look appealing from an individual’s perspective, but at the state level, it inevitably leads to the

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