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Thursday Rundown: Aging and Dying with Dignity

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These topics air Thursday November 6, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between noon & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

Dying with Dignity

With the recent suicide of a woman in Oregon named Brittany Maynard, we want to talk about how conversations on death and dying are changing or need to change between medical professionals and terminally ill patients and their families. Dr. Robert M. Arnold, professor of medicine and Medical Director at UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute says before the need for assisted suicide comes up, we need to look at how quality of life can be better for people who are terminally ill.  

New Views on Aging

According to our guest Dr. Bill Thomas, an internationally recognized expert on elderhood and geriatric medicine, Americans need to rethink their attitudes on aging. Dr. Thomas joins us for a conversation about aging. He is also the founder of the Eden Alternative and Green House Project.


If you’ve ever been told to take a hike that might not be a bad idea. This week travel contributor Elaine Labalme suggests some great places for hiking in the region. 

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