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Re: End of Life Plan
No question the article is designed to get you to read it. The overall point is not about the few that get to live long, productive, independent lives. I recall he acknowledges that happens. It's the majority whose lives are extended in nursing homes or as full burden to their kids.
As I said, I don't fully agree with him. But the idea that we are just nursing along the infirmed, with zero quality of life, is much more likely the case than your Auntie. I hope to live long enough to need this kind of care, suggesting I got the chance to maximize life's experiences. Once I check in, I'm going to have a bottle of wine per day and eat all the sugar I want. Probably have a few cigars along the way too.
I don't think we'll see legalized euthanasia in the US in our lifetime. As the author says, it's hard to distinguish mental health from physical health. However, and this is a huge however, our hospice solution is essentially the same. Once you are nearly terminal, we load you up with morphine to "manage your pain", but it's distinctly your body's inability to deal with the toxic opiate that actually kills you.
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