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Thursday February 5th, 2015

Myths and facts about pain medicine

Many patients and families have inaccurate notions about prescription drugs that relieve pain. "Palliative care"—the medical discipline of making comfort a priority, especially at the end of life—is a relatively new field. As a consequence, people often make medication decisions on the basis of an incomplete understanding of the issues. The following are some of the most common myths about the use of opioids for pain relief:
Tuesday February 3rd, 2015

We Honor Veterans: NPR Story

Hospice & Palliative CareCenter is proud to have been an early participant in the We Honor Veterans; a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. This program focuses on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment of veterans by r
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Thursday January 29th, 2015

Emotional "waves" of feelings

People grieve by feeling and expressing many emotions, even some that are conflicting. Sadness is an emotion that comes immediately to mind, but anger is also common. People may feel angry at God, at the doctors, and at the person for dying. These feelings may not seem rational, but emotions by their very nature are not rational. All emotions are normal and to be expected.
Tuesday January 27th, 2015

Labor of Love: The Hospice Healing Build

Labor of Love:  The Hospice Healing Build Beginning in 2012, leaders at Hospice & Palliative CareCenter and Habitat for Humanity began discussing an idea for a collaborative, meaningful, and tangible way for bereaved community members to come together to process death-related grief—and the end result would be a Habitat home for a community member.  The idea gained momentum and in June 2013, the first nails in the project were hammered. Volunteers worked together throughout the fall—and by December, the house was completed!
Tuesday January 27th, 2015

Labor of Love: The Hospice Healing Build

Labor of Love:  The Hospice Healing Build Beginning in 2012, leaders at Hospice & Palliative CareCenter and Habitat for Humanity began discussing an idea for a collaborative, meaningful, and tangible way for bereaved community members to come together to process death-related grief—and the end result would be a Habitat home for a community member.  The idea gained momentum and in June 2013, the first nails in the project were hammered. Volunteers worked together throughout the fall—and by December, the house was completed!
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Thursday January 22nd, 2015

Stress or burnout?

Most of us know it when we're stressed. We talk about it, and we talk about needing to do something about it…when we have the time. But we might not be aware when we reach the point of burnout. That's because going numb is the nature of burnout. To be so worn out that you are beyond caring. Put simply, burnout is stress that has gone on too long. It is an important distinction to understand. Burnout has more serious, long-term consequences for your physical health and for your emotional well-being.
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Thursday January 15th, 2015

Music eases dementia care

When caring for a relative who has moderate to advanced memory loss, it can sometimes seem like they have disappeared into their own world. How do you create connection and support their quality of life when they seem capable of so little? Music is proving to be one good answer to this challenge. Research shows that music is processed in parts of the brain that remain lively long after a person's ability to "name that tune" is gone. Hearing familiar songs brings up old memories, essentially reconnecting a person to his or her sense of self and to times past.
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Thursday January 8th, 2015

Talking about funeral plans

One of the comforts at a time of death is knowing you are memorializing your relative according to his or her wishes. But there can be discomfort in bringing up the topic for discussion in advance. Getting started Choose a time when both of you are relaxed and don’t have other pressing business. Use a soft start to bring up the subject.
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Thursday December 11th, 2014

Seniors having fun online

When you read about "successful aging," the focus is often how well an elder has maintained physical health. How mentally sharp he or she has remained. How much he or she has stayed socially engaged. Without doubt, studies link seniors' quality of life with physical, mental, and social activity. But what happens when your loved one loses the ability to pursue physical exercise? When social options are limited by lack of transportation? When memory problems make it harder to engage with favorite hobbies or interests?
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Thursday December 4th, 2014

Gifts for those with memory loss

Deciding what holiday gifts to give a person with memory loss can be challenging. Following are some tips to share with family members. The gift of time: A special date to share cookies and send holiday cards to others A time to share and wrap gifts (before the rush) Attending seasonal music events or caroling together A person with early-stage memory loss is often still striving to do his or her usual activities. Gifts that provide reminder systems or simplify daily tasks are useful.