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  1. Melissa Cook's 6-minute NRP interview on Natural Dying
  2. WBZ News Radio interview on the Jordan Rich Show
    • Dr. Stanley Terman and his colleagues present a strategy for millions who may be challenged with Alzheimer's and other dementias. It's a thoughtful, caring plan for those who want to avoid prolonged pain or suffering at the end of their lives.
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  3. For patients with Advanced Dementia:
    Why California Emergency Medical Services Authority should consider approving a new form that combines an Advance Directive and a set of standard Physician Orders.
    • This 9-minute recording is very similar to one Dr. Terman presented to the California Commission on Emergency Medical Services Authority, on March 25, 2009, in Los Angeles. (It was recorded “to practice” two days before.) A more complete text of the transcript is also available at
      Dr. Terman's Statement to EMSA Commission on 3-23-09.
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    • Interestingly, at almost exactly the same time of the actual presentation, NPR featured Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former Surgeon General David Satcher in a 47-minute discussion about efforts to combat Alzheimer's disease. According to NPR, they are on a task force studying the disease, which may overwhelm the U.S. health care system as baby boomers age.

    • Also, the same day, a major report was released from the Alzheimer's Study Group.

    • Just the week before (after the deadline to submit as supporting data for my Comments during the open dates for such public comments to the Proposed Revisions to “The Recommended Guidelines for EMS Personnel Regarding Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Guidelines,” a report was issued for California:)

    • Also, just the week before, an important video was released: Alzheimer’s Disease: Facing the Facts

    • EMSA is currently sticking with the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, but may consider approving another form after more experience with this form.

  4. Coping With Caregiving with Jacqueline Marcell
    • Radio interview by Jacqueline Marcell of Dr. Stanley A. Terman, broadcast 4/26/2008.

    • Radio Interview! Listen to Dr. Stanley A. Terman, on Jacqueline Marcell's radio show Coping With Caregiving, on Segment #4 discussing concepts from his book, The Best Way to Say Goodbye: A Legal, Peaceful Choice at the End of Life.

      Listen free-on-demand via Windows Media Player/Real Player--free downloads available at "How To Listen". Jacqueline is the author of "Elder Rage".

  5. Voluntary Refusal of Food and Fluid: Growth House Radio, February 2008.
    • On February 15, 2008, for the Education Channel of Growth House Radio, Les Morgan interviewed Stanley A. Terman, Ph.D., M.D., Medical & Executive Director of Caring Advocates, on The Option of Voluntary Refusal of Food & Fluid. The topics covered included: Why some terminally-ill people stopeating and drinking; psychiatric assessment for depression, anorexia nervosa, mental competence, andcontrol needs; legality and ethics of this choice; the medical effects of dehydration and ketosis; how thefamily may respond to the patient's decision; assisted feeding of dementia patients; and advance care planning. Listen at, or read the print version, which was edited for clarity, grammatical correctness, and completeness, and also includes an addendum of a real patient example. The print version is dated June 24, 2008.

      Audio is available for download here. Text transcription is available for download here.

  6. A Legal Alternative to Physician-Hastened Dying, and How to Plan to Avoid Prolonged Indignity of Dementia
    • Part one of this audio probes two challenging questions: Is there a legal alternative to Physician-Assisted Dying? and Can planning prevent prolonged lingering in the indignity of Dementia?

      Dr. Stan Terman's half-hour KPBS interview with Tom Fudge on December 4, 2007 precedes a five-minute excerpt of an interview with two representatives from opposite sides in the debate to legalize Physician-Assisted Dying. Click here to read Dr. Stan Terman's comments on the second interview.

      The audio concludes with two memoirs: An October Morning and A Peaceful Transition for Henry.

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    --A legal peaceful alternative to physician-assisted dying.
    --Shall we Permit Natural Dying for end-stage dementia?
    • Speaker: Stanley A. Terman, Ph.D., M.D.
    • Date: February 3, 2007
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  8. Death With Dignity: An Introduction to Your Choices
    • Speaker: Stanley A. Terman, Ph.D., M.D.
    • Date: March 4, 2007
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Also of interest…

  1. Presentation to the Hemlock Society of San Diego
    • Speaker: Stanley A. Terman, Ph.D., M.D.
    • Date: May 8, 2005
    • This 66-minute slightly edited audio may not have perfect sound quality, but it does offer some lighter moments, even though the subject matter seems serious. Speaking on Mothers Day, 2005, to an informed and lively audience, Dr. Stan Terman describes the basic strategy needed for the legal peaceful alternative to Physician-Assisted Suicide.
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  2. Will physician-assisted death be allowed in California?
    • Speakers: Stanley A. Terman, Ph.D., M.D. and Professor Larry Hinman
    • Date: January 19, 2006
    • From the KPBS website: This week the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Oregon's physician-assisted death law, and a new bill is being reviewed by the State Assembly of California.
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    Caring Advocates is pleased to offer the following podcast.

    “My name is Dr. Stanley Terman. I am a psychiatrist and the medical director of Caring Advocates. I interviewed Attorney John West, author of the controversial book, The Last Goodnights shortly before he presented to the Hemlock Society of San Diego, California, on September 12, 2010." While the interview refers extensively to his book, the main focus is on his mother's symptoms: The specific question asked was whether the change in her behavior and her mood, and especially whether her request to her son, John West, to assist her suicide, was due to her progressive dementia or to a co-existing depressive illness? She described her early to moderate dementia as “torture.”Certainly, her cognitive impairment which included her difficulty in retrieving words and in organizing her thoughts was progressive and could NOT be treated. But did she also suffer from a depression that might have been treated, that might have extended her will to live? Listen to this 55-minute podcast, to decide for yourself.”