Offensive, crude, unnecessary.
The AARP Promotes Reading Material, Radio Programs and Magazine Articles that appear to be taken right off of Barbara Coombs Lee’s coffee table.
If you are a Baby Boomer then the people at the AARP have something to teach you about your very own personal death! Who cares if this in itself is psychologically disturbing and suggests a duty to die mentality?
Note: When you hear or read that “most people” or “boomers” — in the context of accepting the new trends in end of life discussion, advance care directives, do not resuscitate orders — just say, Speak For Yourself!
They also like to shame the rest of us by saying that our culture is death phobic. Speak For Yourself!
“Dying With Dignity.” Profile of the “father of Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act.”
“Dying Well: Is aggressive medical treatment of elderly patients the best way for them to spend their last days?”
Translation: we can’t afford to treat you.
“In Search of A Good Death” (retrieved from Wayback Machine’s archives)
“But as in the childbirth movement, the real goal is choice, here — to have the death you want.”
AARP’s End-Of-Life Page:
“When Is Life Too Long?” by AARP.
When my father couldn’t laugh anymore, when my mother couldn’t laugh anymore, I knew their ties to the earth and the family they loved were frayed like old rope. Yet still they lived, in pain and confusion, unable to sever the rope and none of us able to do it for them.
This means that she would do it for them if legal.
AARP Promotes Death Over Dinner
In an odd trend, boomers are hosting so-called death dinners to talk with friends and relatives about the issues no one wants to talk about — death, dying and end-of-life decisions. The objective is to head off family conflicts over medical care and to share concerns about quality-of-life issues.
Among the conversation starters: Would you want a feeding tube or ventilator to keep you alive if you slipped into a permanent coma? Is palliative care an option? When is it time to call it quits?
“Individuals continue to need high-quality health care as they approach the end of their lives. Yet research has shown that most people do not receive the type of care they wish to get in their final months of life.”
The following paragraph is suggesting that patients are better off without health care. Better off killing themselves?
A number of obstacles make it difficult for patients to receive the end-of-life care they want. Key among these is inadequate physician education regarding death and dying. This lack of training prevents doctors from communicating effectively with their patients. In addition, a medical culture that emphasizes curing over other care goals will too often propel doctors to use aggressive care against patientsʼ wishes. Another obstacle is the difficulty physicians have in making accurate prognoses for patients with life-threatening illnesses. This impedes the timely initiation of end-of-life care planning and leaves patients unable to make informed decisions. It also may prevent or delay the use of palliative care, such as hospice care. Lack of knowledge about palliative care—in particular, about adequate management of pain and suffering as well as psycho-social support—results in an unnecessary degree of suffering by terminally ill patients and an unnecessarily traumatic experience for their loved ones.
MORE EVIDENCE that the vulturous Compassion & Choices are in a partnership with AARP:
2009. Summer is here. The nation’s capital and the health care reform debate are heating up! June 19th, Compassion and Choices hosts a briefing for policy makers on a topic vital to honest discussion and careful decision making.
Ensuring Patient Wishes at the End of Life
Breaking Down the Barriers to Quality End-of-Life Care
Speakers will include:
• Jennie Chin Hansen, R.N., M.S., F.A.A.N., AARP President
• Kathryn L. Tucker, J.D., Director of Legal Affairs, Compassion & Choices
• Howard Tuch, M.D., American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Compassion and Choices organized this briefing to discuss how Congress can advance solutions to break down the barriers to quality end-of-life care. All staff from the House of Representatives and key Senators have been invited.
Links. Death With Dignity = DWD