ICONS DIE TOO!
An icon of the music industry died recently. A victim of Lewy Body dementia, an awful strain that turns the mild mannered into foul mouthed strangers, he died a midst arguing between family members about his end of life care.
How very sad.
I grew up listening to America’s top 40 hits, a legacy of Kasem’s. His commentary and upbeat manner kept listeners engaged and singing along. He was the hip DJ long before it became an occupation that made news.
Baby boomers are turning age 65 at a rate of 10,000 a day. This will last for 20 years. In my many years of practice, I’ve found families aren’t emotionally ready for mental and physical incapacities. Having an end of life conversation is imperative for all of us; for the elder person and their loved ones. Dignity at end of life is the desired outcome for every person I’ve ever spoken to about the subject.
Friends, it’s time to have “the talk”. Yes, that talk about end of life. Decide on the extent of what life prolonging measures you want done for you. Make your adult decisions. It’s your life, it’s mine. The most adult thing we can do for ourselves, our parents, our children and our friends is to have “the talk” and record the results in an intentional document.
I’ve attached a link about Casey Kasem. Read it.
If you would like a guide sheet to help you initiate this all important talk, contact me. I’ll be glad to send it to you. Just request the mature conversations guide.