Thursday April 2nd, 2015

Cavities at this age?

As we age we become more prone to tooth decay and infections of the gums. If dental infections go undetected or ignored, the consequences are not small. Cavities, gum disease, and decay of tooth roots are painful, and expensive to fix. (Medicare does not cover dentistry!) Loss of teeth can result in poor nutrition and social isolation if your loved one is embarrassed. And, gum disease and tooth loss have been linked to serious conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Here's what to look for as potential signs of dental disease.
Tuesday March 10th, 2015

Spring Circular 2015

The Spring Circular 2015 includes: (Click here to read the Spring Circular 2015) Annual Hospice Hope Run, A Message from the CEO, A Homeless Patient’s Dying Wish, Benefits of Earlier Admission to Hospice, Please Don’t Hesitate to Call, 2015 Hospice Hope Classic, Plumbers in Pink, Embracing Hope Poem, Camp Carousel 2015, and We Proudly Honor Veterans, Veterans Coffee Events
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Thursday March 5th, 2015

Conflict over medical decisions

Frequently in serious illness, treatment decisions must be made quickly. It is not uncommon for relatives to have differing ideas about the best course. Some may feel their loved one should pursue aggressive treatments. Others may feel that therapies such as radiation and chemotherapy do not offer enough benefits given their negative effect on the limited time their family member may have.
Thursday February 19th, 2015

More than a home

Mom wants to stay at home. But you think she'd be safer and less isolated in assisted living. On the surface, your loved one's preference to stay home might seem a desire to stay among comforting knickknacks. But research with elders reveals that the actual house or physical surroundings have little to do with it. Most of the value of "aging in place" has to do with staying in one's community. Elders who remain living at home
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Thursday February 12th, 2015

Physical activity improves brain health

We all know that physical activity is good for the heart, good for the blood pressure, and good for the waistline. Now it appears that it is good for the brain, too. Brain scans show that the parts of the brain essential to decision making and memory are larger among physically active older adults. These individuals also seem to think faster and remember better than seniors who do not exercise. The research suggests that
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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