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Hoping for the best and preparing for the worst: end-of-life attitudes of the elderly
BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
This paper describes fi ndings from research based on 514 elderly persons (mean age=76.7, SD 8.0) living in a US metropolitan community about their attitudes toward and plans for end of life care. Individual interviews reveal that most respondents were not afraid to die but feared suffering near the end of life. End of life plans were typically undertaken to protect family members from feeling burdened. The most frequently reported plans included living wills, durable power of attorney anddoi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2011-000053.94 fatcat:y7rxhkt7y5h2toikffijxnoupu