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Richard W. Besdine, M.D., is the Medical Officer for the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) and Professor of Medicine, Greer Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Director of the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research at the Brown University School of Public Health. He is also Director of the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Besdine served as Interim Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences at Brown Medical School (2002-2005) and is also former Chief Medical Officer of the Health Care Financing Administration (now the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid). From 1972-86, Dr. Besdine served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and co-founded Harvard's Division on Aging with John W. Rowe, M.D. You can find more of his blogs on The Huffington Post.

Why Everyone Deserves Palliative Care

Richard Besdine | July 16, 2013
Life is full of surprises, but statisticians tell us that most Americans who make it to age 65 can expect to live to almost 85, and about 1 in 4 will live past 90. Unfortunately, because palliative care is a relatively new specialty, it is often misunderstood by patients, families and even some physicians.