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Aging and End-of-Life Decisions


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Lillian Rubin is 88 and her health is declining. After watching her husband slip into Alzheimer's, she says she wants to choose when and how she dies. Should we make that final choice for ourselves? Or should we prolong life no matter the costs? We examine these questions, and how social policies shape our views on aging.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Lillian B. Rubin, sociologist, psychologist, author of the recent Salon article "Let's Talk About Dying" and author of "60 on Up: The Truth About Aging in America"
  • Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D., psychologist, gerontologist, author and president and CEO at Age Wave, an organization that focuses on studying population aging and its business, social, health care and cultural implications

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