Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - November 2016

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End-Stage Dementia: How Do You Know?

When most people hear the word “dementia,” they immediately picture a person with a fading memory; a person who may wander off or forget the names of loved ones. What many people fail to recognize is that dementia is a fatal condition – even without the added complication of a secondary illness or infection.
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Smoking at End of Life: Does it Really Matter?

The numbers are sobering. Two out of every three cigarette smokers will die from the habit – from cancer, heart disease or other smoke-related illnesses. The CDC states that the life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years shorter than for nonsmokers. But once you’re already sick, does it really matter if you still smoke?
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Reflections on Veterans Day

Linzy Laughhunn is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force, serving as Wing Chaplain for the 192nd Fighter Wing at Langley Air Force Base. Last week, he joined Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care to perform Veteran Recognition Ceremonies for Veterans in long-term-care facilities in the St. Louis area. Each ceremony was incredibly moving. He shared a few of his experiences with us.
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