Life Expectancy

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Government to review “Terminal Illness” definition

The common understanding of the term "terminal illness" is 'a disease or condition which can’t be cured and is likely to lead to someone’s death.' This can apply to advanced cancer, dementia (including Alzheimer's), motor neurone disease (MND/ALS), advanced heart disease and many other illnesses. However, the term is used in a more restrictive sense [...]

2019-07-12T19:16:57+00:00July 12th, 2019|Dignity in Dying, Life Expectancy|

Videos from Healthcare and Secularism 2018 Conference

In October 2018, the National Secular Society and the Secular Medical Forum held a joint conference on Healthcare and Secularism. The final two talks concerned assisted dying and the right to die. Both talks were excellent. Videos of the talks are available on YouTube and are embedded here with some description and comments. 1. Dr. [...]

2018-11-18T22:18:04+00:00November 18th, 2018|Dignity in Dying, Life Expectancy, Medical Views|

How long do we really want to live for?

In an interesting BBC Website article, health correspondent Nick Triggle asks this important question. The article usefully differentiates between "life expectancy" and "healthy life expectancy". It points out that many people answer the question by saying "As long as I have my health". The question presupposes that we have a choice as to when to [...]

2016-12-20T15:14:50+00:00October 12th, 2016|Life Expectancy|