V11-2: The New Normality: Realities of a COVID-19 World

The highly-contagious novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 has significantly – possibly forever – changed our day-to-day lives.

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Many of us grieve the loss of:

  • Social connections
  • Family structures
  • Routines and home life
  • A sense of security
  • Trust in our social systems
  • The lives of loved ones and community members
  • Jobs, a stable source of income and food
  • Activities we one enjoyed
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V11-1: The Aging at Home Trend for Today’s Seniors

As they age, boomers increasingly want to stay in their homes, and they are finding ways to do so.

Man and carer

Whether remodeling to stay in a familiar neighborhood, downsizing to a more suitable option, or hiring help that will match their health condition and lifestlye, many now can age comfortably at home.

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V10-4: Meeting the Needs of Patients with Heart Failure

Heart failure affects more than 5 million Americans. Experts say it is one of the most common reasons why people are readmitted to hospital.

Woman and nurse

As heart failure patients lose the ability to care for themselves, they depend more and more on others, mostly family members.

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V10-3: Adults Unaware of Palliative Care

Palliative Care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) can improve quality of life for patients with a serious illness and provide much-needed support to family members.

Nurse and woman

However, the majority of adults in America are not aware of, nor do they understand, the goals and benefits of palliative care.

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V10-2: Caring for Someone with Dementia

If you are caring for someone with dementia, you are not alone. The Alzheimer’s Association reports that more than 16 millions Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.

Jigsaw hands

As a caregiver to someone with dementia, the goal is to keep the person safe, calm, and active for as long as possible. In some cases, this may help to slow symptoms such as mood swings, confusion, and trouble with memory or speech.

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V10-1: Tackling Chronic Pain Through Symptom Management

Chronic pain is emerging as a major health concern. It has negative impacts on patients, their families, and society as a whole. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that chronic pain leads to $560 billion each year in direct medical costs, lost productivity, and disability programs.

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In addition, a growing number of deaths are caused by pain medicine overdose.

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V9-4: Health Benefits of Social Interaction

If you are elderly and living alone, or a time-consumed caregiver for someone with a serious illness, you may find yourself removed from day-to-day interactions with others, leaving you feeling especially secluded and lonely.

Women

“People who are chronically lacking in social contacts are more likely to experience elevated levels of stress”, according to an article in the New York Times.

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V9-2: Dementia and Non-Cancer Patients Benefit from Hospice Care

More and more Americans turn to hospice care when facing a life-limiting illness, and of these patients, a growing majority have an illness other than cancer.

Woman and nurse

This is according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), which recently published a report providing an overview of hospice care

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V9-1: Talk to your Doctor about your Bucket List

Do you have a “bucket list”? If so, did you know that it might be helpful to share it with your doctor?

Bucket list

Many people have a bucket list, which is simply a list of things they want to do before they die. Named after the phrase, “Kick the bucket”, bucket lists have become increasingly popular in the United States.

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