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End-of-Life Care of Older Adults: Debunking some common misconceptions about dying in old age.

Sheehan, Denice K. MSN, RN; Schirm, Victoria PhD, RN, CS

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: November 2003 - Volume 103 - Issue 11 - p 48-58
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Although many people are living longer than ever before-some with significant impairment and dependent on others-several misconceptions about dying in old age prevail.

Denice K. Sheehan is the coordinator of the Palliative Care Program, the Breen School of Nursing, Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, OH, and a doctoral student in the Joint PhD in Nursing Program at Kent State University, Kent, OH, and the University of Akron, Akron, OH. Victoria Schirm is a professor and the director of the Center for Gerontological Health Nursing and Advocacy at the College of Nursing, the University of Akron. She was a project director of the Caring Connections program, Hudson, OH.

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This article is the tenth in a series on palliative nursing that is supported in part by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Betty R. Ferrell, PhD, RN, FAAN (, and Nessa Coyle, PhD, NP, FAAN (, are the series editors.

© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.