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Topical Currents

The Path to a Better Way of Death

09/11/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currentsponders the overuse of life-prolonging medical care, with journalist  Katy Butler (Knocking on Heaven’s Door:The Path to a Better Way of Death)There are some 6-million Americans over the age of 85.  They’re now the nation’s fastest growing age group. The vast majority  hope to die at home, but 44% die in hospitals, a fifth of those in intensive care.  Butler says many sick people are overwhelmed by efforts to prolong life and some choose to meet death the old-fashioned way:  head on. That’s Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm.

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