Death and Dying 2-28-09

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Death and Dying
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Quotes If you live to be one hundred, you've got it  made. Very few people die past that age.  ~ George Burns
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Chronic Illness and Dying Chronic illness is more likely to occur as  we get older.   Accumulation of chronic illnesses. Ill health is not inevitable (death is).   Often problems are ignored because they are  thought to be AGING. Medication problems classic example. Thus, it is important to continue to get health  care in late life.
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What happens when we die? Pre-active Phase Active Phase Death Ceasing of biological functions What happens after?
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Pre-active Phase Increased restlessness, confusion, agitation, inability to stay content  in one position and insisting on changing positions frequently  (exhausting family and caregivers) Withdrawal from active participation in social activities Increased periods of sleep, lethargy Decreased intake of food and liquids Beginning to show periods of pausing in the breathing (apnea)  whether awake or sleeping Patient reports seeing persons who had already died Patient states that he or she is dying Patient requests family visit to settle "unfinished business" and tie  up "loose ends" Inability to heal or recover from wounds or infections Increased swelling (edema) of either the extremities or the entire  body http://www.hospicepatients.org/hospic60.html
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Active Phase Inability to arouse patient at all (coma) or, ability to only arouse  patient with great effort but patient quickly returns to severely  unresponsive state (semi-coma) Severe agitation in patient, hallucinations, acting "crazy" and not in  patient's normal manner or personality Abnormal Breathing much longer periods of pausing in the breathing (apnea) dramatic changes in the breathing pattern including apnea, but also 
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2009 for the course PSYCH 531 taught by Professor Kelly during the Spring '09 term at Ohio State.

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