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Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday Five: Five Links We Liked This Week

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

1. Though this article, "Hospice care made journey easier," in the Albert Lea Tribune is short, its message still hits the point. Mary Carlson's comments in the article about wishing for hospice sooner, and how their choices and wishes came first, are comments we often hear from our own patients. When you're facing a terminal illness, know what all of your options are. Ask your doctor about curative treatments, but also don't be afraid to ask about hospice care. Advocate for your health, your wishes, your quality of life.

2. For those who work in the area of elder care, we know there's a rapidly growing population that needs to be addressed. This Forbes post, "The Eldercare Cliff. It's Coming. Are You Ready?" is eye opening with the sheer number of statistics the writer throws out there. She reviews the older adult population, the number of family caregivers taking care of those older adults, the economic toll on the Medicare system. The article's interesting just to help understand the scope of the potential crisis we're facing as a nation.

3. Casa de la Luz Hospice is proud to be a Level 2 partner in the national We Honor Veterans program. Take a moment in honor of Veterans Day this weekend to remember the men and women who served our country, and the individuals who continue to do so today. The video is a link to a National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization YouTube video explaining the We Honor Veterans program, and how hospices around the country are committing to recognizing the sacrifices so many have made in the name of the United States.

4. The Casa de la Luz Foundation is honored to host Dr. Ira Byock today at our 12th annual end of life educational conference. Dr. Byock is a leading hospice and palliative care physician, and we admire the strides he has made in educating our society about the power of hospice and dignified end of life care. We love this video featuring Dr. Byock, "Celebrating People Out of Life," for his description of how we can approach dying.

5. Lots of questions come up when you begin caring for a seriously ill relative or friend. These questions might be practical, emotional, or just where to go for help. Our site, Living with Serious Illness helps answer some of these questions, and also lists resources in Pima County, everything from assisted living facilities to local support groups to finding financial assistance.

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