Show: August 18, 2013:
- How is Alzheimerís research benefitting from the X Prize?
- Does aging affect sleeping?
- What role do nurses play in patient independence?
- Does anesthesia cause dementia in elderly patients?
- How can we help the elderly make ethical medical decisions?
- Can meditation help with loneliness?
- Should you go to the ER or not?
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How can we help the elderly make ethical medical decisions?
Interview: Holly Holmes, M.D., assistant professor, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Holly Holmes, M.D. is an assistant professor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and an expert on making ethical medical decisions that benefit elderly patients with complex health issues. Dr. Holmes says physicians should include their patientsí quality of life into consideration when making medical decisions with their patients. Dr. Holmes also stresses that elderly patients need to be involved in the decision making process and have meaningful conversations with their physician about their treatment options and the harm or risks associated with those. According to Dr. Holmes, the elderly population is increasing fast and there will a slew of ethical dilemma that will come to light in the future.