Many current events, publications, movies, websites and more deserve our attention as we contemplate our aging, and as we age. The SCF gives you a heads-up on some of these on this web page that is frequently updated.
“Physicians Aim to Improve End-of-Life Cancer Care”
In this webcast of a PBS newshour segment, cancer patient Judy Freedman speaks movingly about how she came to accept her own death and where she found help.
Webcast of a PBS NewsHour segment broadcast on July 11, 2008. Cancer patient Judy Freedman wanted to have a conversation with her oncologist about the care she would receive at the end of her life but he wasn’t willing to talk about it. Researchers report that only 37% of advanced cancer patients have such conversations with their oncologist, which means they’re three times as likely to be admitted to the ICU in their final days and to be over-treated. On the NewsHour broadcast and in an extended interview on the web, Freedman speaks movingly about how she came to accept her own death and where she found help.
The Silver Century Foundation promotes a positive view of aging. The Foundation challenges entrenched and harmful stereotypes, encourages dialogue between generations, advocates planning for the second half of life, and raises awareness to educate and inspire everyone to live long, healthy, empowered lives.
"Adding years to people's lives through the magic of science and medicine, however impressive, is an insufficient ambition for American Society. Our objective, must be to add new life to those years."
President John F. Kennedy, 1961 White House Conference on Aging