The average life span has nearly doubled during the last century. But while people are living longer, they’re now facing health challenges that were less prevalent before—severe chronic illness, cancer, lung disease, dementia, and Alzheimer’s—debilitating conditions that often cause great pain and suffering.
For many people nearing the end of their lives, palliative care—relief from pain and suffering—is not readily available.
The scenario many people fear is being kept barely alive in their final days or weeks, attached to machines with IVs stuck in their arms, feeding tubes to help them eat, ventilators to help them breathe. That’s not the most comfortable setting for patients who’d prefer a peaceful end to their lives. Most people would like to avoid hospitals in their last days of life. (…) Listen To The Audio Here