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Top 3 Innovations In Hospice Care

Malene Davis | Posted 05.20.2013 | Fifty
Malene Davis

You may have heard the word "hospice" in the news a lot lately. This isn't a surprise as we watch America's frail elderly population surge to unprecedented levels. Naturally, our country is talking about advanced illness care more audibly than ever before.

Intense Treatment in the Last Month of Life Is Rising

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 05.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

This latest study reveals not only abject failure, but lost ground as well. It's up to the people -- those approaching the end of life and those who love them -- to prevent medical habit from stealing a peaceful death.

How I Accidentally Wrote a Book on Alzheimer's Caregiving

Marie Marley | Posted 04.27.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I wrote Come Back Early Today: A Memoir of Love, Alzheimer's and Joy as a love story. It's about the powerful 30-year relationship I had with Edward Theodoru, a delightfully colorful, wickedly eccentric Romanian gentleman and scholar.

Where Is God In The Book Of Esther?

Brandon Ambrosino | Posted 04.25.2013 | Religion
Brandon Ambrosino

One of the most beautiful books of the Bible, Esther is the only one that doesn't specifically refer to God. Esther's story defies moralizing, but perhaps one of its lessons is that God's hiddenness is not God's absence. Even in the face of death.

Hospice: End-of-Life Conversations When the End Is in Sight

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 04.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

In this post, I'd like to explore the necessity, challenges and goals of having end-of-life conversations once the diagnosis of a life-limiting condition is confirmed.

Joshua DuBois Leaving White House Faith Office, Obama Will Visit Israel, The Growth Of Hospice And More Quick Reads

Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 04.09.2013 | Religion
Jaweed Kaleem

Joshua DuBois leaving the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Obama will travel to Israel in March and more reads in today's religion headlines.

Bobby Jindal Scraps Plan To Halt Hospice Coverage For Poor Louisianans

Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.26.2013 | Business
Jeffrey Young

Good news for poor people in Louisiana who are dying: Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) won't cut off funding for your end-of-life hospice care, his administratio...

My Parents' Dementia And The Last Lesson They Taught Me

Guideposts | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion

Caring for the ones who had been so capable is not easy. All my life I've asked God to lead me to where he needed me. Again and again he's answered that prayer. But this time there were no easy answers.

The #1 Conversation To Have With Aging Parents

Tara Sophia Mohr | Posted 03.17.2013 | Fifty
Tara Sophia Mohr

We know that if there is one thing that everybody in this wide, diverse and sometimes contentious world shares, it's their mortality. That is something that all of us will go through with the people we love and then ultimately with ourselves.

Nine Tips to Help Someone Grieving During the Holidays

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 02.18.2013 | Impact
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

Be supportive of the way the person chooses to handle the holidays. Some may wish to follow traditions; others may choose to avoid customs of the past and do something new. It's okay to do things differently.

What Doctors Need to Learn About Death and Dying

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 02.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Healing takes place not when death is forestalled, but when life is embraced and affirmed in its entirety, from beginning to end. When doctors can fully understand the nature of death and dying, they will become the true healers that are desperately needed in this world.

Having an End-of-Life Conversation in the Midst of Life Part 2: Sit Down, Take Action

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 01.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

You have introduced the idea of having a family conversation, or a series of conversations, about end-of-life wishes and goals. Mom and Dad are on board, the adult children want to know more, and everyone is ready to take the next steps to ensure wishes are followed. Now what?

What Does It Feel Like To Tell Someone How Long They Have Left To Live?

Quora | Posted 01.19.2013 | Health News

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Andrew Young Shin, Pediatric Cardiologist It doesn't change my focus or delivery of care. Thi...

Hospice: Having an End-of-Life Conversation in the Midst of Life, Part 1

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 01.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

An end-of-life discussion is not a conversation likely to arise spontaneously on its own. Whether you are an aging parent or a concerned adult child, you must make the first move. Seize any opportunity to begin the conversation.

Finding Maria: Spiritual Care and Alzheimer's Disease

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 01.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Maria fulfilled a profound purpose in those last few months of her life; she taught me the soul cannot be diminished by any illness or injury that damages the physical body.

When the End Is Near, What Really Matters?

Marie Marley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I felt as if ordering hospice care for Ed would be tantamount to signing his death warrant.

No One Deserves to Die Alone

Torrey DeVitto | Posted 12.18.2012 | Impact
Torrey DeVitto

Amongst all my dreams and passions, never did I think a love for hospice would enter and hold a top rank in my life.

How to Help a Friend at the End of Life

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 11.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

The Silver Lining is that being with a person at the end of life is one of the most sacred and powerful experiences, and there are ways to help you both.

Learning to Love Hospice

Stu Kreisman | Posted 11.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Stu Kreisman

As I go through this experience, I'm suddenly aware that the word "hospice" is all around us. A lot of people have been through the experience and like me, they have nothing but enthusiastic gratitude for the service and the people.

The Gift of Caregiving

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 11.26.2012 | Fifty
Robin Amos Kahn

It is a great service to show up for someone and go with them through the last chapter of their lives. And though at the time, it feels as if your own life got lost somewhere, it eventually turns up again.

Hospice: Keeping Promises, Honoring Life

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 11.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

The care G. provided his grandfather, who died in 2010 at age 94, was at once ordinary -- millions care for their loved ones through aging, illness and dying -- and extraordinary.

Uninformed Consent, Unshared Decision-Making in the ICU

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 11.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

Sadly, informed consent and shared decision-making, the twin pillars of patient-centered health care, aren't the rock-solid structures we would hope for. That's the lesson of a new study in the Journal of Intensive Care Medicine.

The Good Inside

David Beem | Posted 11.06.2012 | Healthy Living
David Beem

Ms. Roberts, like so many others who are moved to support a cause, says that she had never imagined a career in hospice work but found this new vision of her life through contemplation of death; in her senior year in college, she took a death and dying class.

Homelessness: My Friend Bobby

Christine Schanes | Posted 11.04.2012 | Impact
Christine Schanes

Recently, my friend Bobby died. A San Diego, Calif., native, Robert Eugene Ojala, 56 years old, was homeless. Bobby was grateful for the hospital and residential hospice care he received that enabled him to spend his last several weeks indoors and free of pain.

Hospice Care for Alzheimer's Patients

Marie Marley | Posted 09.15.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Hospice care can be a valuable and comforting service for both patients and their loved ones.