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Palliative Care

So A Minister, A Rabbi And A Buddhist Took Drugs For Science...

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.08.2017 | Healthy Living

On April 20, 1962, a group of theology students and professors gathered outside Boston University’s Marsh Chapel, waiting for Good Friday services t...

Efforts To Prolong My Husband's Life Cost Him An Easy Death

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 01.26.2017 | Healthy Living

For the past seven months, I’ve carried around my husband’s advance medical directive in my purse. During this time, I’ve shown this lawyer-prep...

How Palliative Care Helped My Son Live

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 11.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Canvasser

The first words that came to mind when my son’s surgeon referred our family to pediatric palliative care were “hospice” and “death.” I inter...

A Woman's Place is at the Table

Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH | Posted 11.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH

As I watched Donald Trump pace behind Hillary Clinton during the second presidential debate, I noticed myself growing increasingly uncomfortable. At ...

A Touch Can Be Worth A Thousand Words

Susan Northover | Posted 10.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Susan Northover

"The first sense to ignite, touch is often the last to burn out: long after our eyes betray us, our hands remain faithful to the world." -- Frederick ...

California Is The First State To Require Spiritual Care In Health Care

Eric J. Hall | Posted 09.30.2016 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

If you get sick in California, and you are covered by the state's Medi-Cal health insurance, you will be pleased to know that your health care just go...

Getting To Yes: Overcoming The Barriers To Hospice Care

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 09.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Baughn

This benchmark reflects both the valuable benefits of hospice care, and also the progress our city and our nation are making in helping to advance quality of life at the end of life for all of our residents and their families.

'I Thought I Was Prepared To Be My Mother's Healthcare Proxy But I Was Not'

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 09.21.2016 | Fifty
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

I was uncomfortable about making this decision for her, even though her healthcare provider and I had met with her some months earlier to reaffirm her advance directives and to have her sign a new form that consolidated her directives.

End-Of-Life Conversations Are Difficult, But Necessary

Nancy Brown | Posted 09.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Don't wait for a crisis. This can become part of your family's routine care. The conversations should be repeated over time, because preferences may change as people age. The result will be better care for your loved ones and peace of mind for all of us.

How To Prevent Falls In Older Adults

Mount Sinai Health System | Posted 06.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Mount Sinai Health System

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of three people age 65 or older falls each year, and more than 700,000 are hospitalized due to a fall injury, most often a head injury or hip fracture.

The Heart Breaks Open

Woo Du-An (AKA Rob Whitesides-Woo) | Posted 05.20.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Woo Du-An (AKA Rob Whitesides-Woo)

Truthfully, I can't claim to know when it's best to allow my heart to break all the way, or when I would be better off to abide within my protective reflexes. I sometimes can't tell when I am not ready to surrender or if feeling too much would be damaging

The 4 Best Things You Can Do When A Loved One Is Dying

Laura Dixon | Posted 07.21.2016 | Fifty
Laura Dixon

Saying goodbye to a dying relative or friend -- what to talk about, when, and how -- doesn't come naturally to most adults. The irony: All these conversations ask of us, ultimately, is what people appreciate hearing at any time of life: words of candor, reassurance and love.

Defying a Death-Defying Culture

Clareen Wiencek | Posted 05.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Clareen Wiencek

Palliative care, while a specialty, lies at the heart of what every health care provider does -- whether nurse, physician, social worker, chaplain or psychologist -- because no matter the dazzle of technologies that extends life, our core focus can and should remain: Cure sometimes, relieve often, comfort always.

People in Pain: Calling for Global Access to Medications

Pamela Glasner | Posted 03.18.2016 | Impact
Pamela Glasner

Inadequate access to pain-relieving medications contradicts the notion of article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including the right to medical care, which also encompasses palliative care.

"When Breath Becomes Air" - oxygen for the soul

Joseph Cooper | Posted 03.15.2016 | Books
Joseph Cooper

"Paul wrote relentlessly, fueled by purpose.... He started with midnight bursts when he was still a neurosurgery chief resident... drafted paragraphs...

How To Tell Someone They're Dying

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 02.18.2017 | Fifty
Susan R. Dolan

Often a neutral outsider such as a member of a palliative care or hospice team can encourage and facilitate difficult conversation by offering guidance through what can be a frightening process. Even when the news is bad, overwhelmed patients and families often feel relief and gratitude.

Pre-Death Dreams: Their Psychological and Spiritual Value

Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.08.2017 | Religion
Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D.

Simply asking a few questions about sleep and dreams can open up a wealth of deeply meaningful images, feelings, and memories that help the individual anticipate and prepare for the end of life.

Repeat After Me: 'Hospice Means More Care, Not Less.'

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 02.08.2017 | Healthy Living
Steve Landers MD,MPH

It is a practical and tangible way to help people continue to live at home and in the community, to live life to its fullest with dignity and comfort, to live more connected to family, friends, and faith, to live more reflective on one's history and more intentionally about one's legacy.

What The Dreams Of The Dying Reveal About The Human Spirit

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.03.2016 | Religion

Dr. Christopher Kerr was 12 years old when his father died. In the man's final moments of life, Kerr said in a recent TEDx talk, his father reached ou...

Gratitude for Dr. Oliver Sacks' Insights at the End of Life

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 02.02.2017 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Baughn

Dr. Sacks has certainly deepened our conversation and sharpened our insights about how to face the end of life with dignity, clarity and intentionality. His essays, originally published in the New York Times, drew millions of readers, and Gratitude has been on the best-seller list since it was published late last year.

Study Counters Huge Stereotype About How Americans Die

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics

The U.S. has a reputation for treating terminal illness too aggressively -- throwing all kinds of intensive, painful, but ultimately futile treatments...

Baby Boomers' Last Revolution Will Be Changing the Way We Die, Part 2

Nell Minow | Posted 01.13.2017 | Healthy Living
Nell Minow

In Part 1 I explained why Baby Boomers, now in our 60s and caring for parents in their 80s and 90s, are going to change the way we think about end of ...

Baby Boomers' Last Revolution Will Be Changing the Way We Die, Part 1

Nell Minow | Posted 01.05.2017 | Healthy Living
Nell Minow

Baby boomers have spent more than half a century revolutionizing the way we live. Now it is time for us to revolutionize the way we die. We came of ...

Palliative Care and Universal Health Coverage

Pamela Glasner | Posted 12.16.2016 | Impact
Pamela Glasner

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is a target of the Global Goal for Health. All people should have access to good quality, comprehensive health services without being exposed to financial hardship.

Dr. Feelgood

Brenda Keesal | Posted 12.10.2016 | Impact
Brenda Keesal

One day, and whether I like it or not, I won't have a choice. Neither will you, your best friend or worst enemy. If we could invest in the inevitability, we'd all be rich. The problem is; dying isn't sexy and it doesn't sell, while fear, denial and escapism is the defining hustle of our time.