Tuesday, November 21, 2006

PBS: Frontline: Living Old

On Tuesday Nov 21, 2006 PBS Frontline broadcast "Living Old" (dir. Navosky and O'Conner). The show emphasized the difficult decisions faced by families as medical technology enables people to be kept alive longer but sometimes with great dependence on others. This has not only financial but social and moral consequences. The Living Will was discussed, but one 94-year-old woman still working as a financial planner refuses to sign one for her children, saying its all right to "be a problem -- where there is life, there is hope."

The show mentions the census fact that people over age 85 comprise the largest growing segment of the population.

The show did not mention filial responsibility laws or discuss the financial issues like Medicaid and Long Term Care Insurance in detail, as does a recent U.S. News & World Report Issue (Nov 27).

Related blog entry, on the US News magazine story, is here.

That same day ABC Nightline presented actor Stephen Baldwin who has become a born-again Christian evangelist using extreme sports like skateboarding as part of his ministry.

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