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4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful to make decisions but nothing about strategies to get others to honor them., October 6, 2011
This review is from: Hard Choices for Loving People: CPR, Artificial Feeding, Comfort Care, and the Patient with a Life-Threatening Illness, 5th Ed. (Paperback)
This book contains important medical information and inspiring, short anecdotes. It is designed for family members of patients who need guidance to make life-determining decisions about forgoing certain life-sustaining treatments. Its coverage of one of the most cruel disease, Advanced Dementia including end-stage Alzheimer's disease, is brief. The book cites studies that indicate Comfort Care may begin when patients reach this stage, even though the stage might otherwise last months or years. It also points out that "One of the main hazards of hand feeding is the possibility for the patient to get food in the lungs and risk getting aspiration pneumonia." Although correct as far as it goes, the book does not consider other symptoms, losses of function, unwanted behaviors, and conflicts with lifelong values associated with Advanced Dementia, especially unrecognized and untreated pain and suffering. Also, while making decisions is definitely the necessary first step, not everyone, including medical professionals, will agree with Comfort Care Only. The book does not consider how to overcome challenges by those who oppose Comfort Care Only or Natural Dying.
My Way Cards for Natural Dying, including a personalized Living Will
Peaceful Transitions: Plan Now, Die Later--Ironclad Strategy
Peaceful Transitions: Stories of Success and Compassion
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Initial post: Jan 12, 2014 5:59:26 AM PST
If I want to send ONE of your 3 recommended items to a friend, which should I choose? Or, which should I choose first?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2014 7:05:45 AM PST
Start with Peaceful Transitions: Plan Now, Die Later--Ironclad Strategy
But the demonstration, Learn Before You Decide on www.CaringAdvocates.org is free (presents over half of the "My Way Cards").
Stan Terman, MD

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2014 8:54:50 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 12, 2014 9:06:50 AM PST
Thank you for replying. I will send the book, & I know my friend (and I) will want to check out the website also.
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