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 (email@example.com), and Nessa Coyle, PhD, NP, FAAN (firstname.lastname@example.org), are the series editors.