Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights

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3 Ways Social Media Can Help Seniors with Depression

During a time in which social distancing is the norm, it’s more important than ever to find alternative ways to stay in touch with loved ones. Isolation can often lead to feelings of loneliness and even depression — especially for seniors who live alone. Thankfully, social media can be a great tool to counteract some of these feelings, as it enables communication and updates between friends and family, all while keeping a safe distance.
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A Devotion for Family Caregivers

Restrictions due to the pandemic continue to isolate family members from one another. As I make calls to our patients’ families, I hear in your voices the anguish that this separation causes. From my heart to yours, I assure you that I ache for the time you are losing with someone who means so much to you. By way of a bittersweet blessing, I want to share a thought with you today.
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Is It Safe to Visit Older Loved Ones as COVID-19 Restrictions Ease?

As more and more states begin to re-open stores and restaurants, you might be asking yourself if it’s safe to visit an older loved one. Going months without visits can increase isolation and loneliness in senior adults, but they face a huge risk of developing serious complications if they contract COVID-19. What’s a family to do?
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Journaling Provides a Legacy Through Self Discovery

Journaling is increasing in popularity. “It has become a hallmark of the so-called self-care movement, right up there with meditation,” Hayley Phelan wrote in a New York Times article in 2018. “Scientific studies have shown it to be essentially a panacea for modern life... with benefits like boosting mindfulness, memory and communications skills.”