Palliative care is a relatively new specialty. And it, just like other medical specialties, is siloed. And the issues go beyond lack of patient education. There is a lack of physician training too.
Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider is on a mission to change that. To make the end of life experience better for everybody. With her help, Extremis and End Game are produced, and air on Netflix. These documentaries give us a “both ends of the spectrum” view of death.
Because of these issues, she has started a non-profit, called End Well ,to bring all involved industries together to talk, and figure out how to change the landscape around dying. A symposium to “unsilo” palliative care.
Listen and find out:
what you need to do if you don’t want aggressive medical care at the end of your life
the cost that family caregiving has, not just on the family, but on the economy
how you can make a difference in the life of your loved ones and yourself
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Virginia Morris, a medical journalist for decades, describes caring for aging parents as a continuum of decisions. Just because the “paperwork” is in place and you “know” what your parent wants, it doesn’t prepare you for when the time comes.
End of life is a place you get to, but the path is not straight and the lines are often blurred. In today’s episode, we discuss:
the exploitation of the elderly
how hard this period of your life is, no matter how prepared you are