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Proper Disposal of Unwanted Medications

Date February 25, 2015

Wondering what to do with those unused medications? We are now offering this free webinar:

01-14-15 Proper Management and Disposal of Unwanted Patient Medications from CHAPCA on Vimeo.

Moments in life, brought to you by hospice

Date May 15, 2014

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Association has put together a wonderful series of videos together about the moments of life made possible by hospice. They’ll all touch your heart. This is the story of George: http://www.momentsoflife.org/OneLastLuau.

Free Caregiver Handbook

Date April 28, 2014

The Institute for Palliative Care at CSU San Marcos has a free e-book for caregivers when you sign up for their quarterly newsletter. This is a terrific resource. To order the ebook or for more information, click here.

More Help in Developing End-of-Life Plans

Date February 28, 2013

US News and World Report has just published an article on developing your end-of-life plans.

Talking About Hospice

Date February 27, 2013

60% of people say that making sure their family is not burdened by tough decisions is “extremely important.”

56% have not communicated their end-of-life wishes.

One conversation can make all the difference.

Visit The Conservation Project to learn how to start talking.

How to Have “The Talk” Between Elderly Parents and Their Adult Children

Date July 26, 2011

Sheri Samotin, founder of LifeBridge Solutions, has suggestions for how to get elderly parents and their adult children to have “the talk.”  The most direct is simply to talk about your plans, and theirs, for aging and what documents are in place to support that.  If that’s too direct, then ask parents for input and suggestions about your own plans.  That should allow you to ask them about their plans.  Talk about your friends’ experiences with their parents, and seek your own parents’ advice.  Elderly parents who have their plans made can just share them with their children, or tell the children where to find the documents that direct what they want done.  Samotin says, “The earlier you take on the task of talking with your family about these matters, the less likely that they will become the elephant in the room every time you get together.”  (Naples News, 7/19, www.naplesnews.com/news/2011/jul/19/navigating-lifes-transitions-having-talk-no-one-wa/)

Help with Alabama Disaster Relief

Date May 10, 2011

Through May 15, Hospice Foundation of America will match all individual or corporate contributions up to $100 made to HFA for the Alabama Hospice Organization disaster relief effort.  Contact them at www.hospicefoundation.org/donate.  The National Hospice Foundation is also making funds available to the Alabama Hospice Organization.  See www.nationalhospicefoundation.org/i4a/forms/form.cfm?id=60&pageid=436&showTitle=0 to make donations.

Older People Who Lose Spouses From Natural Causes Recover More Quickly Than Previously Believed

Date February 22, 2011

Contrary to the popular belief that “the second year [of widowhood] is harder than the first,” the work of George Bonanno shows that “most older people who lose spouses from natural causes recover much more quickly than we have come to expect.  In fact, for many, acute grief tends to lift well within six months after the loss.  Bonanno, a clinical psychologist at Teachers College, Columbia, first published his work in 2004, and was met with disbelief and the criticism that he had omitted the worst cases from his samples.  The New York Times article concludes, “But he has since replicated the results in other data sets of bereaved individuals and gradually, his trajectories have become the standard among clinical researchers who measure how people respond to loss compared with the statistical norms.  Perhaps we will begin to update our own popular notions about grief as well.”  (The New York Times, 2/14, www.nytimes.com/2011/02/15/opinion/15Konigsberg.html)

American Society of Clinical Oncology Urging More Candor with Cancer Patients and their Families

Date February 8, 2011

The American Society of Clinical Oncology is taking the lead in urging cancer specialists to talk to their patients about end-of life planning. They are also encouraging practitioners to focus on palliative care and symptom relief much sooner. The Society has developed a booklet for families with information on options for care, along with guidelines on starting the conservation about end-of-life wishes (online at http://www.cancer.net). This summer, the Society plans on publishing a detailed guideline for practitioners. (The Sacramento Bee, 2/7 http://www.sacbee.com/2011/02/07/3384159/more-candor-urged-in-care-of-dying.html)

FDA will cap the amount of acetaminophen in painkillers

Date January 18, 2011

The FDA will cap the amount of acetaminophen in painkillers at 325 milligrams per capsule.  Acetaminophen, found in “Tylenol, Nyquil and thousands of other medicines used to treat headaches, muscle aches and sore throats,” is also found in prescription medicines.  It is dangerous when taken in high doses, such as when patients combine two or more pain relievers.  The FDA deputy director for new drugs said, “The risk of liver injury primarily occurs when patients take multiple products containing acetaminophen at one time and exceed the current maximum dose of 4,000 milligrams within twenty-four hour period.”  (AP Financial Wire, 1/13; The New York Times, 1/14 www.nytimes.com/2011/01/14/health/policy/14fda.html)