New York Times Reports that, for the First Time in 50 Years, More Americans Are Dying at Home Than in the Hospital

Dying is a touchy subject, it’s true, but there’s one aspect of life’s end on which almost everyone seems to agree. When people are asked where they would prefer to end their lives, the number one answer is always the same: “at home.” Yet since the 1950s, people have been far more likely to pass…

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Kaiser Health News Article Asks – Are We Making Long-Term Promises to Our Loved Ones That We Can’t Keep?

Frequently on the AgingOptions blog we’ve written about the struggles caregivers go through in taking care of loved ones. Even though the caregiver has the best of intentions and is motivated by a genuine love for the one needing care, there are times – especially as someone’s condition worsens – when the burden becomes too…

“Done Procrastinating” – How the Loss of a Loved One Can Stimulate Us to Care for Those We’ll Someday Leave Behind

Here at AgingOptions we like to share articles that tell a familiar tale in an unconventional way. That was our reaction to this touching and poignant article from the Washington Post which we first discovered and shared last year. At first, we weren’t sure how applicable the message in the column, written by writer Emily…

New York Times: A Growing Number of Vietnam Vets Seek Hospice Care from the VA, and the Agency is Determined to Meet the Need

Veterans Day 2019 has come and gone, but it’s never too late or too early to honor those who served our country in the armed forces. We recently came across an encouraging report in the New York Times (originally published on Veterans Day) about how the Veterans Administration is facing a growing onslaught of aging…

New York Times Report: Dying at Home May Be the First Choice – but it May Not Be the Best Choice for Everyone

Is dying at home overrated? That’s the provocative subtitle that brought a recent New York Times article to our attention. In survey after survey, most Americans say they prefer to die in their own homes, and conventional wisdom says that the familiar environment of home and family is the optimum place to pass away. But…

AgingOptions Follow-Up: Dying at Home Is Possible, Says Rajiv Nagaich, but People Have to Plan Ahead

Last week here on the AgingOptions blog, we ran this story based on a NextAvenue article describing a damning statistic. According to surveys, roughly 80 percent of Americans say they would prefer to pass away in the familiar comfort of their own home, yet only about 20 percent actually succeed in taking their last breath…

Shocking CDC Report: for the First Time in a Century, U.S. Life Expectancy Declines Three Years in a Row

The last time it happened, the world was at war, and one of history’s worst influenza pandemics was ravaging the country. That’s why health scientists were shocked at the recently released report of U.S. life expectancy from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: the CDC survey showed a noticeable drop for the third year…