Thursday, May 27, 2010
However, if you'd like to try a more technologically advanced option, consider investing a few dollars in something that's specially designed to strengthen your brain. There are several types of electronic games that challenge your brain, and they are available for computers, video-game systems like the Wii, handheld video-game platforms like the Nintendo DS, and through subscription-based Web sites. Everyday Health
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
- "Wandering" in Dementia Patients: the Home Care Perspective
- New Research Demonstrates Connection Between Physical Activity and Healthier Aging
- This Father's Day, Remind Dad About Health Screenings
- Social Security Adds Early-Onset Alzheimer's to "Compassionate Allowance" Program
- Travel Health and Safety Tips for Seniors
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
The time has come for our attitudes and beliefs about pain and pain care to be transformed. People with pain and their caregivers, health care providers and policy makers must work together to end this silent epidemic. The technology exists to make people comfortable, so there should be no need for people to want to die because they are in agonizing pain with zero quality of life. Michigan's Patient Bill of Rights states that "a patient or resident is entitled to adequate and appropriate pain and symptom management as a basic and essential element of his or her medical treatment." Detroit Free Press
Related: Dying patients refused pain-relief because UK nurses fear prosecution for assisted suicide (beware of objectionable photos on the site)
Monday, May 24, 2010
On May 18, the hospital terminated food and water to Johnson. She is beginning to show signs of severe dehydration, including severely cracked lips and discoloration. She is in pain. After the hearing, the Judge called the Hospital to advise that the order to reestablish food and water was on its way and the hospital should obey it. The administrator on duty said it would be "passed up to someone higher." When the attorney hand delivered the emergency order to the hospital this afternoon, the hospital authorities escorted him off the property. It is still not clear whether the hospital has obeyed the order. Liberty Counsel
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
There is also a consensus within medicine that PSU is a medical treatment and is therefore not tantamount to active euthanasia. However, the consensus also holds that PSU should be subject to restrictions that do not otherwise apply to medical treatments. In short, PSU is both a medical treatment and subject to restrictions that are extraordinary in medicine. Medical authorities have not articulated a cogent medical and ethical rationale for this seeming contradiction. Hastings Center
Monday, May 17, 2010
Here's a saner rendition, from the Scotsman: "Terminally ill get new rights to refuse life-prolonging treatment"
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Dementia is a disease that affects memory and communication skills. It can be hard to help a loved one with dementia stay connected to the world. Music and art therapy may help revive memories, provide an outlet for expression, and offer enjoyment. MyOptumHealth
Editor: It appears that the CMS website is your one-stop shop for all things Medicare-related. Be sure to bookmark it!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Advocates for protecting health workers argue the new law leaves vulnerable those with qualms about abortion, morning-after pills, stem cell research and therapies, assisted suicide and a host of other services. Proponents of patients' rights, meanwhile, contend that, if anything, the legislation favors those who oppose some end-of-life therapies and the termination of pregnancies and creates new obstacles for dying patients and women seeking abortions.
Both sides acknowledge that the scope of any new conflicts that might arise under the legislation will become clear only as the implications of the overhaul unfold. But both agree that clashes are probably inevitable. Washington Post
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Poor as we were, I never heard anybody say, or even intimate, that Aunt Nance Ann had "a duty to die." I only began to hear that kind of talk decades later, from highly educated people in an affluent age. It is today, in an age when homes have flat-panelled TVs, and most families eat in restaurants regularly or have pizzas and other meals delivered to their homes, that the elites— rather than the masses— have begun talking about "a duty to die." Thomas Sowell
Monday, May 10, 2010
Editor: Dr. Jack would be proud.
One proponent goes on to claim, "It's not 'playing God' to seek freely to control the direction of my life, and it's not 'playing God' to seek freely to control the mode of my dying. For a Christian, God is not honoured by a person (made in the 'image' of God) abdicating her autonomy and freedom of will and passively submitting to 'fate'." So, by doing the very opposite of what God says, we somehow honor Him? "Submitting to fate"? No, we submit to a sovereign God.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Not so fast. A quick Google search turned up a lot of wistfulness on the part of "self-determination" advocates for such a thing as "a peaceful pill" or "last will pill," but none in reality. And certainly not as something be handed out along with social security checks.
Both pro-death and pro-life sources bear this out. The first rumblings of such a pill date from 2001; this item from 2007 still speaks of it in future terms. Let's be careful with our facts. We don't do our cause good by over-dramatizing threats.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Alex Schadenberg, the Executive Director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, told LifeSiteNews.com that despite media reports to the contrary [such as the one above], Sweden is not permitting passive euthanasia by allowing a respirator to be turned off, “but rather allowing a medical condition to cause the death of the person. The confusion that continues to be generated by the improper use of the term euthanasia only creates a further confusion about what euthanasia is and why it always represents a threats the lives of vulnerable people.”
Monday, May 3, 2010
Editor: The clear teaching of Scripture should be enough, but this review of the writings of some early Church leaders is also helpful.