9781936740512

Changing the Way We Die Compassionate End of Life Care and The Hospice Movement

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  • ISBN13:

    9781936740512

  • ISBN10:

    1936740516

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-11-19
  • Publisher: Viva Editions

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Summary

There’s a quiet revolution happening in the way we die. More than 1.5 million Americans a year die in hospice care—nearly 44 percent of all deaths—and a vast industry has sprung up to meet the growing demand. Once viewed as a New Age indulgence, hospice is now a $14 billion business and one of the most successful segments in health care. Changing the Way We Die, by award-winning journalists Fran Smith and Sheila Himmel, is the first book to take a broad, penetrating look at the hospice landscape.

Changing the Way We Die is a vital resource for anyone who wants to be prepared to face life’s most challenging and universal event. You will learn:

— Hospice use is soaring, yet most people come too late to get the full benefits.
— With the age tsunami, it becomes even more critical for families and patients to choose end-of-life care wisely.
— Hospice at its best is much more than a way to relieve the suffering of dying. It is a way to live.

Winner of the 2014 Independent Publisher Award Silver Medal in Aging/Death & Dying

Author Biography

Fran Smith is a veteran health and medical writer and editor. Her work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine; Redbook; Salon; Good Housekeeping; Prevention; Health; Los Angeles Times; USA Today; and many other newspapers and websites. Fran co-authored the first reporters' guidebook published by the Association of Health Care Journalists. A history buff, she is also the author of Breaking Ground: The Daring Women of the YWCA of the Santa Clara Valley, 1905-2005 (YWCA:2005). As medical writer for the San Jose Mercury News, Fran won numerous awards for her coverage of AIDS, investigations of nursing homes and feature writing. She shared a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Bay Area's Loma Prieta earthquake. Fran spent a year as a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University, where she focused on the business and ethics of health care. In 2008, she won first place for magazine writing in the Association of Health Care Journalists awards, for a devastating look at how the nation's flawed health insurance system disproportionately harms women. A graduate of Cornell and U.C. Berkeley, Fran is married to David Yarnold, president and CEO of the National Audubon Society. They have a daughter, Nicole, age 16, and live in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Sheila Himmel is a Psychology Today blogger and co-author of Hungry: A Mother and Daughter Fight Anorexia (Penguin, 2009). She is a contributor to Restoring Our Bodies, Reclaiming Our Lives: Guidance and Reflections on Recovery from Eating Disorders (April 2011). Sheila writes for publications ranging from the New York Times to Eating Well to IEEE Spectrum: The Magazine of Technology Insiders. Her work has appeared in USA Today, the Washington Post, the Robb Report, and the online magazine Obit. Her website is sheilahimmel.com. As a restaurant critic of the San Jose Mercury News, Sheila won a James Beard Foundation Award for feature writing. She won awards from the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press News Editors Association, and uncovered fraud at a prominent Silicon Valley restaurant, revealing its longtime substitution of pork for veal. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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