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Preparing For The Coming ‘Silver Tsunami’

BY DANIEL GAITAN | Aging nation lacks safety net, policies and workforce needed to care for millions of seniors There aren’t enough caregivers to care for the giant baby boomer population, according to Dr. Christopher Callahan. Callahan, the founding director of the Indiana University Center for Aging Research, has been named the 2016 recipient […]

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Conversation Starters And Tips For Talking About End Of Life Wishes During Holidays

BY DANIEL GAITAN | Although the holiday season can be a stressful time, it also provides prime opportunities for frank discussions about end of life plans among family and close friends. As millions of Americans prepare to visit loved ones, Washington University psychologist Brian Carpenter hopes that many take some time to make their […]

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Activist Finds Inspiration In Death

Alexandra Drane regrets never asking her sister-in-law about her end of life care wishes. At 32, Rosaria “Za” Vandenberg, a devoted wife and mother, was unexpectedly diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer and began a journey of painful treatments and hospitalizations. “She was diagnosed on New Year’s Eve and died seven months later,” Drane said. “One of the realizations […]

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Learning To Age Well, With A Plan

We all face difficult trials, but few of us will lose both parents, an in-law and cope with a spouse’s newly diagnosed chronic illness within just two years. Despite an illustrious career studying bioethics and teaching health law at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, Sharona Hoffman said nothing fully prepared her for the challenges of navigating the financial, social and […]

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The Growth Of End Of Life Planning Services

Americans just beginning to plan for their end of life care and assemble important medical and legal documents have a multitude of services vying for their business. In recent years, the number of end of life planning services has mushroomed, and tech-savvy entrepreneurs are seeking ways to capitalize on the massive baby boomer population and the shift towards electronic document storage. […]

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