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Smart Talk: Are you prepared for the end of your life?

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Apr 15, 2014 2:52 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, April 16, 2014:


Wednesday is National Healthcare Decisions Day -- a day designated for individuals and families to discuss or document their end-of-life directives or wishes.

Why do we have to pick out a specific day to talk about important issues?

Mostly because death is a topic that Americans don't like to address -- maybe because it's frightening, we think there always will be more time, or it's uncomfortable to think or talk about our own mortality.

For example, 90% of Americans have heard of living wills but only 29% actually haven taken time to draw one up.

So, questions arise like what medical treatments do you want or not want to keep you alive if you become seriously ill or sustain a life threatening injury?

If you have a choice, do want your life to end at home with your family nearby?  What about your spirituality?

Have you named a Substitute Decision Maker?

These are questions we'll address on Tuesday's Smart Talk.

Appearing on the program are Dr. James M. Hoefler,  an expert and author of several books and articles on end of life issues, Dr. Alecia Sundsmo, Executive Director of the Wellness Center at Dickinson College, Nancy D. Zionts, Chief Operating Officer/Chief Program Officer for the Jewish Healthcare Foundation.

For more information on end of life preparations and resources go to 

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Comments: 2

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-04-16 08:28

    Eugene Emails:

    If Hospice is involved at end of life, whether in home or in facility, does a person "die in distress" as was just mentioned by your guest? You may want to have some conversation about when to have the discussion about hospice.

  • Scott LaMar img 2014-04-16 09:21

    Father Ugolnick writes...

    Please don't forget clergy & faith tradition. As a Ukrainian Orthodox priest I have been cut off from contact with or information about a faithful parishioner because I haven't been included in an access list because next of kin forget or are hostile to religion.

    Fr Anthony Ugolnik

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