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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Friday Five for Family Caregivers & Hospice Professionals

The Friday Five is our weekly roundup of links to smart articles and helpful resources across the Web.

1. Dying and end of life issues are global concerns. Learn more about NHPCO's partnership with FHSSA, Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa. Many African hospices battle with the impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and FHSSA focuses on creating partnerships between U.S. hospices and hospices in 15 African countries.

2. It's likely that as a caregiver for an aging family member, you'll run into questions about Medicare. Visit the Ask Medicare portion of their site, just for family caregivers, to find answers, supportive videos, and links to resources.

3. NHPCO hosted their annual Clinical Training Conference this week in San Diego. If you couldn't attend this great hospice and palliative care training, you can check out the highlights via the NHPCO News Twitter feed.

4. Support groups can offer solace and understanding from people who understand your grief and loss experience. If you're uncomfortable with the thought of an in-person group, consider seeking online support from a site like Griefnet. The community hosts more than 50 e-mail grief support groups.

5.This week the world mourns the death of Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder. In his 2005 commencement speech to Stanford University, Jobs said "...death is the destination we all share." I think these are words to be remembered, especially as we help those facing the end of life journey.

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