Plan a Good Death: Explorers Discuss End of Life Choices

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from: Longevity Explorers | Sequoias SF, SF Village

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Explorers discuss their views about what they think is best when they reach the end of their life. Explorer Shirley tells the group about a film that records the process that ailing Kelly Johnson followed on what he planned to be the last day of his life. The group discusses:

  • In California, the 2016 Death with Dignity legislation provides that in order for the law to be in force, persons must have a terminal diagnosis and have the support of a team of professionals including a social worker and two concurring physicians who prescribe the terminal pharmaceuticals, which must then be self- administered.
  • A member reminds the group that persons have a right to refuse treatment, but to be sure that one's wishes are observed each should have in place a Durable Power of Attorney for Health or a form Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) signed by their doctor.

Members speak from experience about the passing of acquaintences who had fortunate or unfortunate experiences as their life ended.

Learn more: The Final Days of Kelly Johnson

 

 

 

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Key words: 
end of life options, advance directives, death with dignity act

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