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If You Haven’t Yet Heard About “POLST”… You Will Soon!

What, exactly, is a “Do Not Resuscitate” order (DNR)? It’s basically a type of advance directive… stating that you do not wish to receive cardio-pulmonary resuscitation if your heart stops. You give the form to your doctor, and it becomes

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The Ultimate Cruel Irony: Alzheimer’s Researcher Has Alzheimer’s

What happens when a seeker of a cure for a dreaded disease becomes a victim of that disease? It’s the cruelest irony imaginable. A quest that moves out of the scientific and into the personal. And a race against time.

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The Let’s-Not-Talk-About-Death Checklist

As I mentioned last week, my mother is dying. And I can’t get my Dad – who’s normally an outgoing person – to talk about it. He ranges from knowing she’s dying to not wanting to know. But he never

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What Is “Palliative Care?”

Palliative care is basically the prevention and treatment of pain. It does not aim for a cure, per se; it aims, instead, for relief. And – although anyone suffering from any disease can receive palliative care – it’s most often

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End of Life vs. Prolonging Life

Unless you know something I don’t, we’re all going to die. We’re not, however, all going to die the same way. Some of us will die naturally, in a comfortable environment – perhaps our own home – surrounded by family.

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What Is Hospice? And How Can They Help My Mom?

“Hospice,” first of all, has nothing to do with “hospital.” A hospital strives to cure sick people… and, often, to keep them from dying. The mission of hospice, on the other hand, is to help terminally-ill patients die with dignity,

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One (Unpublicized) Bonus of The New Healthcare Law

Many of us thought the recent Supreme Court ruling pretty much ended the debate over the new healthcare law. But we were wrong. Speaker John Boehner is planning a House vote this week to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA),

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