ElderCarelink Blog

Videos educate patients about end-of-life decisions

by Dorian Martin
January 31st, 2013 at 10:00 am

We’ve become a society that learns via video. Want to learn how to knit? There are videos for that. Want to learn physics? A quick web search can locate videos to help in that area as well. Videos may also offer a good way of educating terminally ill patients about their choices regarding end-of-life care, as shown in a study posted on the National Cancer Institute website.

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Week 3 Winner of Share Why You Care Contest

by ECL Staff
January 28th, 2013 at 9:00 am

Congratulations to our third weekly winner, Mary C. from Spokane, Wash., for her submission “Honoring Dad Caring for Mom.” Mary describes her mother’s many struggles — dementia, visual problems due to macular degeneration, pneumonia and financial challenges as well. Mary wants to provide a quiet, safe home for her 95-year mother, who lived through hardships like the World War II bombings in London. Mary writes that she hopes her father is looking down with pride on his daughter.

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Could sleeping position affect elders’ health?

by Dorian Martin
January 24th, 2013 at 10:06 am

Like many older people, Dad has numerous physical challenges. As I’ve mentioned before, he has chronic lower back pain due to stenosis and also has been diagnosed with sleep apnea. Dad also occasionally fights acid reflux. And like many older people, he can’t get a good night’s sleep.

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Week 2 Winner of Share Why You Care Contest

by ECL Staff
January 22nd, 2013 at 9:00 am

Our 2nd weekly winner is Angie W. from Columbus, Ohio, who writes: “Alzheimer’s stinks.” Angie describes a decade of dementia for her mom, in and out of hospitals and nursing homes. Angie writes about how her family fought hard to keep her Mom healthy, but in the end, it was a losing battle. Her mother was sent home from the hospital with hospice care, and now Angie is preparing to say goodbye. This comes on the heels of the family losing their father, as well.

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Harsh flu season in 2013: hazard to elders

by Dorian Martin
January 17th, 2013 at 10:10 am

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to learn how to knit. I’m making fast work on this particular goal, having signed up for a series of three classes this month. I went to the first class and really enjoyed it and have since been working on my homework. But when my second class came up this week, I postponed it. Why? I had received an email the day before that the yarn store owner (who teaches the class) and her employee had closed up the store were going home sick. I probably would have gone to the class if I lived alone, but I decided to postpone the lesson since my 87-year-old father lives with me and I wasn’t sure whether the yarn store owner was still contagious.

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