Category Archives: End of Life

‘Delirium’ caused by busy hospitals can trigger dementia in older patients

The Telegram (UK) reports: “Noisy and chaotic hospitals are triggering and accelerating dementia in elderly patients, new research reveals. Multiple transfers from ward to ward, staff coming on and off shift and confusing signage contribute to a state of “delirium” which … Continue reading

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What is palliative care? A conversation with a doctor who has made it her life’s work

When someone is diagnosed with a serious disease — cancer, for instance — oftentimes, an entire team of health professionals oversees the person’s care. There could be a primary care doctor, a surgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, social worker, a dietitian. … Continue reading

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Desmond Tutu Joins Advocates To Call For Right To Assisted Death

NPR reports:  “Desmond Tutu, South Africa’s former Anglican archbishop and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, recently celebrated his 85th birthday with an interesting message: He wants the option of an assisted death. Tutu has largely retired from public life, but … Continue reading

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Hospitalized Elderly Have Lower Death Rate When Cared for by Female Doc: Study

In a study that is sure to rile male doctors, Harvard researchers have found that female doctors who care for elderly hospitalized patients get better results. Patients cared for by women were less likely to die or return to the … Continue reading

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How Faith Communities And Hospitals Can Work Together To Help Older Adults

Howard Gleckman writes for Forbes: “Older adults with chronic illness often need a combination of medical treatment and social and spiritual supports. Together, they can make people healthier and happier, and less likely to suffer acute episodes that result in preventable … Continue reading

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Quality of life focus of hospice care

Katrina Goforth writes: ” Home health care and hospice care are things that few people think of until they become a necessity. But the nurses, chaplain, doctor, aids, social workers and volunteers at Jackson County Memorial Hospital or JCMH Home Care … Continue reading

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For proper end-of-life care, medical professionals need to be religiously literate

RNS reports: ” (RNS) Talking about death is an emotionally fraught and daunting topic, and we applaud the growing number of congregations that are giving their members tools and resources to have such conversations with their families and loved ones … Continue reading

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Advance directives are gifts to loved ones, health care professionals say

Instead of leaving behind victims, Christians can provide advance directives that empower family members to become “informed champions to uphold the wishes” of someone they love. More

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Know your options for hospice and palliative care

Every year more than 1.58 million Americans living with a life-limiting illness receive care from hospice and palliative care providers. These services offer more than traditional medicine, by providing expert pain management, symptom control, social support and spiritual care to … Continue reading

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After a 73-year union, ailing couple finds two hospital beds pushed together offer the best comfort

‘For 73 years — through wars in Europe and Asia and civil rights battles at home, through the assassination of a president and the rise of rock-and-roll — they shared a bed. He’d be gone sometimes, flying missions during World … Continue reading

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