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Blog: Hospice Views - February 2018

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Can You Die from a Broken Heart?

If you ask anyone who knew them, they’ll tell you that Bill and Sharon had a very special love that carried them through their 63 years together. When Bill was diagnosed with cancer, Sharon became his primary caregiver, driving him to appointments and holding his hand through treatment. As he declined, she stayed by his side until he passed away, surrounded by family.
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Hospice Patient Sings Along to Alan Jackson's "Remember When"

Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care patient Steve Owens is a huge country music fan and especially loves Alan Jackson. For his Gift of a Day, we arranged for Steve and his daughters to attend Alan Jackson's Honky Tonk Highway Tour's stop at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence, MO.
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A Matchmaker for Hospice Volunteers

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match! When a prospective hospice volunteer contacts us, they do so because they have a big heart and want to make a difference in their community. It’s our team of skilled volunteer managers who talk to them about their skills, interests, and availability and find the perfect volunteer match for them here at Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care.
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Valentine Candle: Activities for Dementia Patients

The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that 5.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Many of these people have loving spouses acting as their primary caregivers. After decades of building a life together, they find themselves caring for a life partner who may no longer remember their name.
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Are Cardiologists Underusing Hospice?

With February being American Heart Month, the connection between heart disease and hospice carries a much greater sense of urgency. All the better, some say. Several recent studies have begun to cast light on what many medical professionals – particularly those in the field of palliative care – view as a perplexing problem. That problem is the perception that cardiologists are more likely than other specialists to avoid recommending hospice and palliative care for their patients.
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