Care at the End of Life - After Death
AutopsyAn autopsy is the thorough examination of a body after death to help determine how and why a person died. Autopsies are not performed as frequently as they once were, especially when the death was expected. An autopsy is often not needed to determine the cause of death when a person dies of a disease or condition that had been diagnosed. If a diagnosis and cause of death were unclear, some
Care at the End of Life - The Dying Process
If you are dying or are caring for a dying loved one, you may have questions and concerns about what will happen physically and emotionally as death approaches. The following information may help answer some of these questions.Signs of approaching deathThe dying process is as variable as the birthing process. The exact time of death cannot be predicted, nor can the exact manner in which a person .
Care at the End of Life - Where to Receive Care
Deciding where you will receive care as your illness progresses can be challenging, but planning now for your care can decrease your anxiety later on. Talk to your loved ones about the type of care you would like to receive at the end of your life. Discuss their expectations as well as your wishes, care needs, finances, and the needs of your family. Your choice may change as your illness changes.
Funeral Planning - Topic Overview
Funerals and memorial services allow the grieving family and friends time to reminisce about the life of their loved one. A funeral or memorial service can be a time not only for grieving but also for healing and celebrating life. A funeral or memorial service also helps family and friends face the reality of their loved one's death and helps them begin the process of accepting and adjusting to ..
Care at the End of Life - Topic Overview
What kind of care can I expect at the end of life?You can be assured that you will receive treatments to manage symptoms and keep you comfortable at the end of life. These types of treatments are known as palliative care. Palliative care can also help people manage symptoms of non - life - limiting conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis. The goal of palliative care is to help people maintain ...
Care at the End of Life - Health Tools
Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Should I receive artificial hydration and nutrition? Should I receive CPR and mechanical ventilation? Should I stop kidney dialysis? Should I stop life - prolonging treatment? ...
Physical Activity as You Get Older - Topic Overview
It's never too late to start getting active. Being fit is important for everyone. You can benefit from physical activity even if you think of yourself as elderly or you already have conditions such as arthritis or heart disease. Being more active will help you feel better and may even help you live longer.If you haven't been active for a long time, you may have no idea where to start. The important thing is to take that first step—and make that first step a small one.Be smart about exerciseTalk to your doctor before you start a fitness program, especially if you are older or worried about how exercise might affect your health. You may have health problems that limit what you can do.Don't overdo it! If it hurts, stop. Some minor soreness or stiffness is to be expected at first, but pain is a warning sign to stop.If you have been inactive for years, start with about 5 to 10 minutes of activity at a time, and increase your time as you get more comfortable with the
Nutrition for Seniors: A Caregiving Primer
A caregiver's guide to key nutrients older people need -- and tips for helping them to eat healthy.
Writing an Advance Directive - Why an Advance Directive Is Important
An advance directive is crucial for having control over your own medical care if you become unable to make decisions or cannot communicate your wishes. It is also a way to share your feelings with your family and help them if they ever need to make decisions about your medical treatment. An advance directive may become important if you are severely injured or develop a serious illness that ...
Writing an Advance Directive - Basic Types of Advance Directives
Having an advance directive means that you have written down information that can guide others into making medical decisions and providing care should you become unable to communicate your wishes. A living will and a medical power of attorney to designate a health care agent are the two main types of advance directives.Living willA living will, also called a treatment directive, outlines your ...