Laurie Israel

A Cautionary Tale — How Not To Prepare For Aging

July 18, 2011 by  
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 What follows is a composite of a story (really a family tragedy) that occurs again and again as people age.  It has to do with aging parents, the onset of dementia, and insufficient preparation for the future.

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Laurie Israel

How Mediation Can Help an Elder

February 14, 2011 by  
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Mediation, a form of out-of-court dispute resolution, is very much in the news these days.

Everyone’s heard about divorce mediation, and maybe you have a friend or family member who has used it for his or her divorce.  A new field of mediation, marital mediation, is now emerging.  In marital mediation, a mediator helps a couple who wants to stay married resolve their conflicts.  It is an alternative to marital counseling, and sometimes it works when marital counseling does not.

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Laurie Israel

Making End-Of-Life Decisions

September 11, 2010 by  
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In “Frank Talk About Care at Life’s End” (New York Times, 8/24/2010), Jane Brody discusses the recently enacted New York law signed by Governor David Patterson that requires doctors who treat patients with terminal illnesses to give them information about aggressive pain management and hospice care to consider in making their end-of-life medical care decisions.  There is a similar provision in the original Federal health care overhaul proposal.  (It was withdrawn after all the “death panel” objections.)

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