Terminal Illness

  • 5 Things Terminal Patients Want to Talk About With Their Doctor

    Good communication between doctors, patients and caregivers is key, especially when it comes to the complex concerns surrounding end-of-life care preferences.

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  • Confronting a Serious Diagnosis like it's a House on Fire

    When we are confronted with a potentially fatal diagnosis for ourselves or a loved one, we can find ourselves caught up in endless cycle of "why." Don't get stuck questioning, take action for yourself and your loved ones.

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  • When a Serious Diagnosis Causes a Senior to Consider Suicide

    Receiving the news of a serious diagnosis like cancer or dementia may cause a senior to consider suicide, but caregiver intervention and the development of productive coping techniques can help.

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  • Words of Comfort: What to Say to Someone Who is Dying

    Words often fail us when someone we love is approaching the end of life. Experts and experienced caregivers share their insights on how to act and what to say to someone who is dying.

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  • Palliative Care: What Is It and How Does It Differ from Hospice?

    Many people confuse these two kinds of care. While there are many similarities between them, palliative care is an important part of managing symptoms in seriously ill patients at any stage in their disease progression.

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  • Assisted Dying: Merciful or an Affront to the Value of Life?

    Should terminally ill patients be able to voluntarily end their life? There are many ethical implications regarding this hotly debated topic, but many proponents of the right-to-die stress how such a choice can help patients avoid unnecessary suffering.

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  • My Nightly Ritual With Dad

    When I moved home to take care of my dad, I was determined to make the most of every remaining second we had together. I envisioned fun outings and reminiscing about the past, but it turns out that he had other plans in mind.

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  • Treating Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Needs at the End of Life

    Many people associate end-of-life care with treating physical pain and discomfort. While that is an important part, complete end-of-life care also includes helping the dying person manage mental and emotional distress.

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  • Does Medicare Pay for Hospice Care?

    Medicare’s hospice benefit provides comfort care for patients who are facing the end of life. Original Medicare will cover hospice services for terminally ill seniors (and their family members) if they meet eligibility requirements.

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  • Why Caregivers Shouldn't Feel Guilty About Calling Hospice

    Calling in hospice for the care of an elderly parent or other a loved one means you need to come to terms, on all levels, with the idea that this person is dying.

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  • How Palliative Care Helps Achieve Quality of Life

    Learn what palliative care can do to help your elderly loved one cope with serious illness and alleviate pain.

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  • What Is a Do-Not-Resuscitate Order and How Does It Work?

    A do-not-resuscitate order (DNR) is an advance healthcare planning document that specifies what potentially life-sustaining medical interventions a person does not want to receive. A basic DNR order usually states a patient’s wish to avoid undergoing CPR.

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  • How to Alleviate Physical Pain at the End of Life

    Making a person who is dying more comfortable and alleviating physical pain is an important priority for family caregivers. Physical comfort and pain management should be the focus of providing end of life care.

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  • Why Do People Die from Alzheimer’s Disease?

    The most noticeable symptom of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is memory loss, but this progressive condition ultimately weakens the immune system and prevents the body from functioning properly. Complications like infections are often the cause of death.

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  • Answers to Common Questions About End-of-Life Care

    When a loved one is nearing the end of their life, caregivers and family members often have many questions. This guide to end-of-life care addresses the most common concerns regarding the dying process.

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  • Creating a Bucket List: Tips for Seniors and Family Caregivers

    What would you like to accomplish with your care recipient before your journey together ends? A veteran caregiver shares her suggestions for creating and executing a bucket list with an aging or ill loved one.

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  • Why Every Woman Needs a Friend Like Rhoda Morgenstern

    Every woman needs a friend like Rhoda Morgenstern, the beloved roommate from the "Mary Tyler Moore Show." Here are 5 indisputable reasons why.

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  • POLST Programs: When Advance Directives Aren't Enough

    Advance directives are a useful tool for end-of-life planning, but there's another option for terminally ill elders who want to outline their future care preferences.

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  • Faith, Caregiving and Doing It Differently the Second Time Around

    When my wife was diagnosed with Stage III cancer I knew our lives would never be the same. I'd been a caregiver once before, but this time would be much different.

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  • 6 Common Hospice Care Myths

    The day that you call hospice is not the day that you give up on your loved one. A former hospice nurse dispels common misconceptions surrounding end-of-life care.

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