All About Aging 2/19/20: Death with Dignity

Producer/Host: Peg Cruikshank
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Key Discussion Points:
-Maine law passed Sept 2019
-Many safeguards and only an individual may hasten her death
-Although a majority of Mainers favor Death with Dignity, some groups such as Hospice oppose it
-Other hospice groups support the concept
-Guest interviewed just back from first national Medical Aid in Dying conference in Berkeley

Valerie Lovelace, Director of Maine Death with Dignity
Patricia Hymanson, D-York, chair of legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee and sponsor of the Maine law

About the host:
Peg Cruikshank received an MA in gerontology from San Francisco State University. After moving to Maine she taught courses on women’s aging at the University of Maine and the University of Southern Maine. Her book Learning to be Old: gender, culture and aging was named one of the best books on human rights in 2004 by the Myers Center for Human Rights in Boston. Cruikshank also edited an anthology of literary works on aging titled Fierce with Reality. She lives in Corea.