Why is this my life

What makes my life meaningful


1 People die as they lived

Those who deal with death are happier and more humorous
Death is modern man's greatest enemy
It's about the meaning of life
Modern man suffers from fear of neglect
We are not familiar with death

Jean-Pierre Wils: "The question of what death means leaves many speechless"

Five things the dying regret most
1. Failure

Lotti Latrous: "I live the life that fills my soul"

2. Failure
3. Failure
4. Failure
5. Failure

What then gives meaning to my life?
Self-care is the basis
Critical self-examination
Practice, practice, practice

Walter Meier: "People have a great longing for good relationships"


2 Quality of life is different for everyone

Life satisfaction in Switzerland is high
Those who live alone are the least satisfied
Not only prosperity makes you happy

Health-related quality of life
Definition of health and disease
Health is also a state of self-alignment
What affects our health
Questionnaire on the quality of life of patients

Diana Meier-Allmendinger: "Everyone needs a form of self-realization"

After a stroke of fate, I found my way back to life
(Nadine Koller, Silvano Beltrametti, Gabriel Hofmann tell)

The doctor-patient conversation
Decide together
The conversation with your doctor: helpful questions and considerations
The right to refuse treatment (right of defense)
What can I claim from a doctor?
Risk of over-treatment
Rationing for the elderly, the disabled and the chronically ill


3 A good (and healthy) life is a life in relationships

Autonomy and dependency - a difficult subject
We are always more or less autonomous
Good relationships have healing and life-extending effects
Our fear of addiction
Accepting help is a "form of generosity"
Opportunities and risks in the care work of relatives


4 Self-determination - also about the time of death

Who decides when I am no longer capable of judgment?
The living will anticipates medical decisions
Values ​​in the disposition
Resuscitation, ventilation, artificial nutrition, organ donation
The conversation about the living will
Deposit of the living will
The limits of advance directives

Daniela Ritzenthaler: "Ultimately it's about keeping some control at the end of life"

Patient power of attorney: my representative decides everything

Decide for yourself when to go: assisted suicide
Assisted suicide for the elderly?
Criteria for assisted suicide
Assisted suicide for dementia and mental illness?
Are you correctly informed?
Dying with an euthanasia organization - process
Relatives are heavily burdened with assisted suicide
Who is claiming assisted suicide?


5 The third and fourth ages

Fewer young people, more retirees
Retirees are very satisfied with their lives
How healthy do people over 55 feel?
The end of life concerns the elderly

The young old, the old old
The third age: the active retirees
The fourth age: negative image of old age

Judith Stamm: "It's nice to be old today"

Dementia in educated and healthy people is declining slightly
Dementia - early diagnosis relieves those affected and their relatives

François Höpflinger: "In old age it helps if you have learned to deal with crises"


6 When the end is near

The majority are over 80 years old when they die
Most would like to die at home, 80 percent die in institutions

Palliative care: living well in the face of death
Palliative care has to do with life
Palliative care is desired
The need for palliative care will increase
The goals of palliative care
When can I consider palliative care?
What to do if I am terminally ill?
To die at home or in an institution?

When the end is near
Fasting for Death: An Option for the Severely Ill?
The final phase - everyone dies differently

Roland Kunz: "Most patients find something to live for"

A palliative patient tells (Irène Schlenk)


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