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  • Karen M. Wyatt

Ep. 21: Natural Dying: Advance Care Planning for Dementia with Stanley A. Terman, MD, PhD

Don't miss this important interview with Dr. Stanley Terman as we discuss his work advocating the process of Natural Dying for patients with Advanced Dementia. You will learn the definition of "natural dying" and the advantages it provides for those terminal patients suffering with unbearable pain or with the challenges of end-stage dementia. In addition during this interview you will learn:

how to create a living will that will ensure your wishes are met when you reach the end-of-life

why an "ironclad strategy" for the end-of-life may be necessary

resources for caregivers and professionals who deal with Advanced Dementia

how to talk with family members about natural dying

Stanley A. Terman, PhD, MD, psychiatrist, is the CEO and medical director of Caring Advocates ( He holds these degrees: AB (Brown University); PhD (MIT); MD (University Iowa). Before he founded the non-profit organization Caring Advocates ( in 2000, he was on the faculty of University of California, Irvine.

The continuous thread of Dr. Terman's professional career is to empower people to make informed decisions so they can successfully meet challenges in their lives with more pleasure, less suffering, and improved relationships. For almost two decades, he has specialized on reducing the suffering of terminally ill patients and their loved ones, especially those faced with unending, unbearable pain, or the many challenges of Advanced Dementia. Dr. Terman authored four books that deal with end-of-life choices: The BEST WAY to Say Goodbye; Peaceful Transitions: Stories of Success and Compassion; and Peaceful Transitions: Plan Now, Die Later—Ironclad Strategy and the novel, Lethal Choice.

He created an advance care planning tool, My Way Cards / Natural Dying Living Will Cards that generates a clear and specific Living Will to overcome the challenges of Advanced Dementia as well as other terminal illnesses. The Natural Dying—Living Will informs others WHEN to stop interventions that only delay dying, increase suffering and prolong burdens. The intervention of Natural Dying works even for patients who have “No Plug to Pull.” Several videos explain this approach at (“Plan Now, Die Later-Peacefully."

Dr. Terman and his research colleagues are seeking volunteers to discover effective ways to encourage people to complete Living Wills. For more information, go to:

Two other surveys seek collaborators on the “Dementia Fear.” Dr. Terman’s professional articles have appeared in The Lancet, American Journal of Bioethics, Palliative Medicine, Caring for the Ages, Behavioral Sciences and the Law. His most recent article, published in the Hamline Law Review, “It Isn’t Easy Being Pink: Potential Problems with POLST Paradigm Forms,” is currently listed among the most frequently downloaded articles in the Elder Law Studies eJournal -

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