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AJ Kochuba & Ariha Mehta

Letter from the Editor

Our Spring 2024 issue explores the ethical implications behind end of life care and aging. For many of us in college, death and aging might seem distant, and almost abstract. Our days are full of classes, time with friends, and new adventures. However, in a world that is constantly changing, it’s important to engage in conversations about life’s natural transitions and the care we provide to those at the end of their journey. These subjects may make us uncomfortable, however, they are central to the human experience. 


In this edition, our writers have thoughtfully examined a range of topics from society’s views on aging and dying to who will be the caregivers for those at the end of their lives. We hope this digital collection of Duke undergraduate work sheds light on the role of death and aging in our lives and in the lives of others. While the media often portrays end of life care with dramatic narratives, we aim to shift the focus to the patient’s own perspective, exploring their unique experiences. We hope that our pieces can encourage meaningful conversations, while acknowledging the multiple layers that make up the topics of end of life care and mortality. 


The DMEJ team appreciates you for taking the time to enjoy our ninth issue and for your continued support. Perhaps, our issue will encourage you to think about your own relationship with mortality, as well as to engage in meaningful conversations with those in your community about death and aging. Above all, we aim to create a safe space for reflection, discussion, and the sharing of experiences. 


Thank you for joining us in exploring these challenging but necessary topics. 






Makayla Gorski & Eugene Cho

DMEJ Staff  Spring 2024


Chief Design Editor

Senior Design Editor

Social Media Chair

Campus Outreach Chair

Community Outreach Chair

Event Planner

Writer Managing Editor

Blogger Managing Editor


Review Editors

Design Editors


Eugene Cho
Makayla Gorski

AJ Kochuba

Marshlee Eugene

Soojin Lee

Heiley Tai

Devin Mulcrone

Tomi Oderinde

Zeqi Sun

Meera Patel


Yurika Sakai

Julia Williams

Ahilan Eraniyan

Michelle Hsiung

Anushka Goel

Devin Mulcrone

Alexander Adams

Bowen Kim 

Eric Wang

Jack Ringel

Kate Lee

Katherine Hinton

Kelly Ma

Kiara Lavana

Laila Khan-Farooqi

Laura Wang

Leah Kim

Mahi Patel

Makayla Gorski

Mariana Bouchan

Megan Tandar

Meghna Katyal

Navya Gautam

Radhika Subramani

Sanjana Anand

Sophia Zhang

Tomi Oderinde

Vishruth Hanumaihgari

Will Sun

Catie Fristoe

Rohan Gupta

Acelo Worku

AJ Kochuba

Alejandra Gonzalez-Acosta

Allison Yang

Amber Smith

Angelina Huang

Ariha Mehta

Ashleigh Waterman

Eugene Cho

Heiley Tai

Jackie No

Jessica Pham

Shanzeh Sheikh

Sonali Patel 

Soojin Lee

Ting Ting Li

Anna Chen

Annie Vila

Ayush Khanna

Bowen Kim 

Camille Krejdovsky

Clare Williams

David Axon

Deborah Lendore

Ella Andonov

Jack Ringel

Jeffrey Huang

Joshua Lin

Leah Kim

Mariana Bouchan

Marshlee Eugene

Matthew Ahlers

Meera Patel

Navya Gautam

Nishka Dalal

Pranav Kannan

Raphael Lee

Richard Zhou

Sarah Croog

Will Sun

George Nathaniel


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Caring for Caregivers

By Yurika Sakai

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Easing the Journey: Pain Management and Palliative Perspectives in End-of-Life Care

By Michelle Hsiung

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The Overlooked Tragedy of Elder Abuse in America

By Anushka Goel


Unveiling the Hidden Bias: Ageism’s Impact on Healthcare and Its Ripple Effects

By Julia Williams


Who Decides Care? Consent and Ethics of End-of-Life Care in Elderly Populations

By Ahilan Eraniyan


Navigating End of Life Treatment Options

By Devin Mulcrone

Many thanks to The John Spencer Bassett Memorial Fund for financially supporting our website!

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