“Among the Very Ill, Confusion About Life’s End”

There’s a compelling article published in a recent “New Old Age” blog in the New York Times.  It’s about the “unwillingness of older Americans to ponder, discuss and plan for the end of their lives remains an enduring frustration for health care professionals.”

The article’s author concludes:

“But the findings make sense, in a way. Why would patients feel any urgency about discussing or documenting their decisions about the end of life if they think that’s going to be an instantaneous or two-day process? Or if they have no idea what might occur? Apparently, they don’t.”

Here’s a link to the article:


The New Old Age: Caring and Coping
Among the Very Ill, Confusion About Life’s End
By Paula Span
New York Times
June 4, 2012, 6:00 AM