ElderCarelink Blog

On Our Own Terms: A powerful documentary airing October 25th

by Carol Bursack
October 21st, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Bill Moyers, the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist, interviewed dozens of terminally ill patients to create a four-part exploration of end-of-life issues that span thoughts about everything from health care to cultural attitudes.

A press release I received from PBS includes quotes of high praise. The New York Daily News hails it as “ambitious, astoundingly moving, and relevant”, and The Washington Post calls it “an extraordinary achievement.”

After viewing the double DVD release of “On Our Own Terms,” I can say I fully agree.

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National Hospice Month a Good Time to Evaluate Policy for Dementia Patients

by Carol Bursack
November 6th, 2010 at 2:14 am

Both of my parents suffered physical as well as mental anguish for years before their deaths. As their pain grew more intense, and the evidence pointed to impending death, we made the choice to ask our local hospice for help. Rarely in my life have I been more at peace with a decision as I was with that one.

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Hospice Foundation Information Center Wonderful Resource

by Carol Bursack
August 31st, 2010 at 2:12 am

Hospice helped both of my parents through the death process. For that, I will always be grateful. In “Hospice Care as Seen by a Grateful Daughter,” I relate my experience and express my gratitude to this amazing organization.

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What if You need to be in the Care of Another Person?

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
July 23rd, 2010 at 2:11 am

Something to consider is what would be important to us and what would happen if we were not able to state our values, wishes or preferences for our daily routines. Most of us have people in our lives who are more aware of some aspects than others. But would they know the little things that could make a difference?

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Have You Shared Your Important Wishes?

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
July 19th, 2010 at 1:11 am

Families often hear an older family member say “’I do not want to live with my children” or  “Do not put me in a nursing home.” Sound familiar? There is a lot to be said for being proactive and I was grateful to have had the discussion with my mom about specific wishes many years before her hearing, memory and overall health declined. Read more »