Hospice and palliative care experts say the growing burden of caring for "old old" Americans — those over 85 — is reaching crisis proportions. We talk about elder care and end-of-life decisions, and our persistent inability to acknowledge the unpredictable realities of aging and dying.


  • Robin Marantz Henig Writer for the New York Times Magazine
  • Dr. Jerald Winakur Associate faculty member at the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center; he's practiced internal medicine and geriatrics for almost 30 years
  • Dr. Joanne Lynn Senior scientist at the RAND Corporation

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