Casey Kasem And End Of Life Care

Casey Kasem was a world famous disc jockey who died this year at age 82.

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But he will also be remembered for the legal battle among his family over what would be the best care he could get towards the end of his life.

The fight dated back years and involved his wife, Jean, and the children from his first marriage, according to an article on

Kasem was incorrectly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2007, but later was re-diagnosed as having a progressive brain disorder called Lewy body dementia.

In any case, the family feuded in Kasem’s final days over the best care options for him. The children said they wanted to honor his wishes that he live out his last days comfortably. His wife said they were giving up hope and ending his life early.

The case is typical of what is going on in families all over the country. That’s why it is important to designate a health care agent, or proxy, to speak on your behalf if you are incapacitated.

The article also suggests seniors write down specific instructions about what they want for end-of-life care and identify the health agent in a document called a durable power of attorney. It ends the guessing game.

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