end of life http://michiganradio.org en More elderly people making plans for their final days http://michiganradio.org/post/more-elderly-people-making-plans-their-final-days <p>There’s been a big jump in the number of elderly people making living wills and other end-of-life directives.</p><p></p><p>Dr. Maria Silveira is a University of Michigan researcher. She says between 2000 and 2010, the percentage of elderly Americans with living wills or who gave a loved one power of attorney in health matters rose from 47% to 72%.</p><p></p><p>Silveira says the change may reflect different generational attitudes.</p><p></p><p>“I think this generation of older folks, Baby Boomers in particular, are more inclined to take charge,” says Silveira.</p><p></p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 17:22:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17111 at http://michiganradio.org More elderly people making plans for their final days Michigan hospitals may be asked to be more 'transparent' about their 'futility' policies http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-hospitals-may-be-asked-be-more-transparent-about-their-futility-policies <p>There’s a bill making its way through the state legislature that would require Michigan hospitals to reveal when they will withhold treatment from severely ill patients.</p><p></p><p>Many hospitals have ‘futility’ policies.&nbsp;&nbsp; The policies outline when the hospitals will withhold treatment from a patient on the grounds that further care would be futile and would simply waste hospital resources.</p><p></p><p>The policies are mainly for internal use and not widely disclosed.</p><p></p> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 18:28:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11722 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan hospitals may be asked to be more 'transparent' about their 'futility' policies Michigan will create a central database for advance medical directives http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-will-create-central-database-advance-medical-directives <p>It will soon be easier for Michigan hospitals and doctors to check to see if their patients have &ldquo;advance medical directives.&quot;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tue, 19 Jun 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 7928 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan will create a central database for advance medical directives