As 75 Million baby boomers start to enter their “declining” years, increasing attention if being paid by us, and our politicians, philosophers, pundits, journalists and physicians. This will increase dramatically, and eventually alter the way in which we manage our final years. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande is a masterwork and points in the direction in which we should be heading. http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2015/jan/08/better-way-out/
The link is to the review of the book by Marcia Angell in a recent NYRB. Another great resource for the interested reader is the “Death” issue of Laphams Quarterly, reviewing the way our forebears looked at their passing, since the dawn of civilization, and through the greatest of our philosophers and artists.