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Fall 2009, Jessica Columbo, Past Students

Slideshow: Hospice and Humor: End-of-Life Care in San Diego County

By Jessica Columbo

More than 10 percent of the population in San Diego County is 65 and older; 11 percent of them live below the national poverty line. With the high costs of living, limited healthcare options and a drying well of social security benefits, many senior citizens struggle to find quality care as they near the end of their lives. One local octogenarian shares the enduring spirit that has allowed her to live out her last days with humor and dignity, despite today’s difficult economic times.

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