End of Life Articles

  • Comparing End-of-Life Care Options

    When a loved one is nearing the end of their life, it can be difficult to know what kind of care to arrange for them and where. Hospice, palliative care, home-based care, hospital-based care, and long-term care facilities are all viable options.

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  • Take the Guesswork out of Funeral Arrangements

    Frank discussions about final arrangements are wise to have at any age. Use these strategies to broach the subject and develop comprehensive funeral plans for yourself and your aging loved ones.

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  • When Loved Ones Rally Before Death

    Family members are often relieved and hopeful when a dying loved one suddenly becomes more aware or begins talking. But are they truly improving or consciously preparing for their final journey?

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  • Words of Comfort: What to Say When Someone 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 provide support during this delicate time.

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  • Funeral Planning Checklist

    Planning a funeral involves making decisions about a loved one’s legacy while under considerable emotional stress. Understanding what must be taken care of and making arrangements in advance can expedite the process and minimize costs.

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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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  • A Checklist for Finding the Right Hospice Program

    When deciding on the hospice program that is right for you, ensure the goal of end-of-life care is to help people who are dying have peace, comfort and dignity.

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  • How to Prepare a Letter of Instruction for End-of-Life Wishes

    A letter of instruction acts as a comprehensive guide to end-of-life matters for surviving family members. Learn what kinds of personal, financial and funeral planning information to include in this document and how often it should be updated.

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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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  • How to Take Care of Yourself While Grieving

    Caregivers of aging relatives are inevitably confronted by grief as they look after their loved ones, which is why it's so important to learn how to take care of yourself while grieving.

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  • How to Make Tough Decisions as a Caregiver

    A veteran family caregiver outlines several strategies for how to make tough decisions as a caregiver and maintain your sanity while doing so.

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  • A Prepaid Funeral Plan Should Be Part of Your Medicaid Spend-Down

    Money paid for advance funeral planning can be an exempt expense under Medicaid rules. Learn more about how preplanning a funeral can help you qualify for Medicaid.

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  • Why Does My Elderly Loved One Sleep All Day?

    Seniors may frequently doze off during the day in order to compensate for lost sleep at night. This is normal, but if your loved one spends most of their time snoozing instead of engaging in life, it could point to a larger problem.

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  • Estate Administration: Know What to Do When a Loved One Dies

    When someone you love passes away, the last thing you want to think about is locating legal documents and handling financial matters. Use these steps to make the probate process as simple as possible.

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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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  • What to Say When a Senior Says, “I Just Want to Die.”

    It's shocking and hurtful for a care provider to hear a senior claim they would rather be dead. When a senior states "I want to die" it may be a sign of depression, or it could be an indicator that they just want to talk about the emotional toll of aging.

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  • Advance Care Directives: Preparations for the Unforeseeable Future

    An advance directive is a legal document that identifies a person’s health care preferences in the event that they become unable to make decisions for themselves. Advance care planning provides invaluable guidance and peace of mind for family members.

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  • How Long Can Someone Live with Parkinson's Disease?

    The life expectancy of Parkinson’s patients has improved over the past decades thanks to medical advances in symptom management and the development of a comprehensive approach to patient care.

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  • When Is It Time to Call Hospice?

    Beginning end-of-life care during the first stages of a terminal illness provides patients and their caregivers with the services, medications, supplies, and support needed to maintain their comfort and quality of life.

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