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Recommended Reading: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

Physicians have been given a gift. Through their intellect, education, and hard work, they have the power to heal people. For physician Atul Gawande, it was humbling to learn that none of this prepared him or his colleagues for the patients they couldn’t heal.
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Emergency Preparedness When a Loved One is Ill

Disasters can happen to anyone at any time. Hurricanes, tornados, flooding, and blizzards can become deadly. Fire can require emergency evacuations. We all need to prepare for these types of disasters, but those with a serious chronic illness need to take extra precautions.
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Fall Wreath: Activities for Dementia Patients

After the heat of summer, the cooler temperatures of fall can be a welcome relief. If a loved one with dementia has stayed inside with the air conditioning, they can now enjoy outdoor activities and get in some walks in the fresh air.
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9 Keys to Caring for a Spouse with Alzheimer’s

For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part. When reciting these marriage vows, couples might picture early financial struggles as they get on their feet or holding a loved one’s hand through a lengthy illness, but few imagine the struggles of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. It’s a challenge that 1 in 3 seniors face.
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Approaching Tough Conversations with the Terminally Ill

When a loved one receives a terminal diagnosis, it’s normal for family members to feel overcome by a whirlwind of emotions. These emotions can make it hard to think practically. They can also make the next interaction with that loved one can seem like a daunting task. What do you say? How do you act?