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The new continuum of care

Broadcast date: 11/12/15

Current data indicate there are about 78 million members of the “baby boom” generation presently living in the United States, representing about 26 percent of the population.  In their advancing age, the “baby boomers” create a scenario where a very large segment of our population finds it necessary to manage the dual crises of coping with both their parents’ passing on, while contemplating the approaching reality of their own mortality. In the past decade numerous grassroots organizations have become popular in the US and around the world as the Baby Boomers struggle with these issues. Movements such as Death Café, death doula practices, home funerals, and green burials are gaining momentum as informed consumers begin to seek out options and choices for their later years.

Join host Kris Kington-Barker as she speaks with Dr. Karen Wyatt, a family physician who spent many years of her medical career caring for hospice patients, will join Kris Kington-Barker in a discussion about how she brings discussion about topics related to dying and death into the open through her popular online interview series End-of-Life University and her recent book What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Kris Kington-Barker is co-host of Central Coast Voices, heard every Thursday on KCBX from 1:00—12:00 p.m. Kris has worked in healthcare fields ranging from mental health to hospital administration, and has served as a volunteer and board member for many Central Coast non-profit organizations.