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Friday, January 4, 2013

Friday Five Finds Helpful Internet Resources

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

1.We found this article, "Study finds spiritual care still rare at end of life," interesting since the spiritual counselor is considered an integral part of the hospice care team. As end of life experts, we understand that the end of life and dying is not just a physical, medical event. It can also be one of great spirituality, an opportunity for individuals to reconnect with faith or religion or to just weigh what is most important in their lives. Once we have opened the door to a discussion of death and dying, perhaps our next challenge is having a conversation about how dying affects individuals physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

2. The San Jose Mercury News ran an excellent yearlong series about the cost of dying, and the final piece, "Cost of dying: Discovering a better way for final days" is an excellent summary of the year's articles and how we can change the end of life in the United States. I am reminded of Dr. Byock's message that dying doesn't have to be this hard.

3. For elderly residents in Pima County, stay up to date on events from the Pima Council on Aging by checking their online calendar. PCOA offers excellent workshops and events designed to meet the needs of aging adults and their caregivers.

4. Stay on top of Medicare news and understand the Medicare system a little better with the help of the official Medicare blog. The Medicare Blog offers information about coverage, open enrollment, and strengthening and improving Medicare.

5. Have you explored the AARP Caregiving Resource Center yet? The website features helpful articles, tip sheets, forums, a blog, and the occasional webinar. It's a wealth of resources for caregiving individuals.

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