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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Can medical staff offer spiritual end-of-life support for your loved one?

by Dorian Martin
January 9th, 2013 at 8:00 am

Reaching the end of life can be very difficult for elders, yet these individuals can be comforted through medical, psychological and spiritual support. For example, hospice and palliative care plans are designed to supplement medical treatment and provide peace, comfort and dignity. In a recent study, most patients considered spiritual care an important part of the end-of-life treatment; however, few received this type of support.

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How I stay connected to my late mother

by Dorian Martin
October 30th, 2012 at 10:00 am

One of the difficulties that I’ve had since my 86-year-old father moved in with me is finding a way to appropriately commemorate my mother’s death. Mom had Alzheimer’s disease, so in many ways the person that Dad and I knew died long before her actual physical death.

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End-of-life conversations about a good death

by Dorian Martin
August 28th, 2012 at 10:00 am

Over the weekend, I watched “The Descendants.” The film portrays a family’s struggles in coming to grips with end-of-life decisions for the mother, who is unconscious and on life support. But what if she was awake and had an incurable disease? What sort of end-of-life conversations should take place?

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Stress of caregiving and “broken heart syndrome”

by Dorian Martin
August 8th, 2012 at 11:05 am

Caregiving for an elder often results in family members, friends and caregivers experiencing unbearable sadness as the elder’s health inevitably declines and death gets the upper hand. While we often talk metaphorically about those left behind suffering from a broken heart, it turns out that this is more than just words. “Broken heart syndrome” has been identified as an actual physical reality that may pose a threat to those in caregiving roles. Read more »