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  1. Caregiver Care: Managing Stress, Depression

    Whether you are providing palliative care for someone with a painful chronic condition or for someone actively dying, the rewards that come with caregiving are real and varied. According to a study at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, most caregivers say they developed a better relationship

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  2. What Is Palliative Care?

    Since Kathleen Huggins was diagnosed with lung cancer last November, doctors have been working hard to try to cure her. Surgeons removed part of her lung, and soon she'll begin chemotherapy. But the 56-year-old New York City resident also benefits from a new type of medical specialty called palliati

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  3. Stroke Recovery: Tips for the Caregiver

    If you are caring for a stroke survivor, you may have a lot of questions about whether your loved one will recover and what his or her needs will be in the months and years ahead. You may also worry about how you will manage in your new role. "Caregiving can be a big load to shoulder," says Maggie F

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  4. Advance Directives: Having the Talk

    Imagine that your elderly father's emphysema has worsened dramatically. You're worried. If he becomes too ill to breathe on his own, what would he want for himself? How much should doctors intervene? If he's not able to make his own medical decisions, who would he want to speak on his behalf? You're

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  5. The Palliative Caregiver

    No matter when you get the news that a loved one has a painful or terminal condition, it's a shock. Deciding to become their caregiver, to help them manage their pain and suffering -- or manage it for them -- is a difficult choice. That choice may be made in the blink of an eye, particularly when a

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  6. Pediatric Palliative Care: Easing Your Child's Suffering

    Karen Zrenda remembers the first time she took her newborn son Tommy outside. Tommy's respiratory defect had kept him at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital for nearly the first year of his life. The sun shined on him for the first time. "It seemed like such a normal thing, but it was so exciting. It

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  7. Coping With a Life-Threatening Illness

    "I'm sorry, but there's nothing more we can do." No patient wants to hear that. No doctor wants to say it. And with good reason: It isn't true. It is true that in the course of many illnesses, cure ceases to be an option. But no hope of a sure cure does not mean no hope at all. It certainly does not

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  8. Cancer: Palliative Care and Quality of Life

    A significant improvement in cancer care is a new medical specialty called palliative medicine -- care that alleviates the side effects of cancer treatment and eases pain and discomfort. Palliative care has already transformed the quality of life for many cancer patients. A 2010 survey by researcher

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  9. What It's Like to Have Dementia

    You know how frustrating and heartbreaking dementia symptoms are from the point of view of a caregiver. You know the pain of slowly seeing a loved one slip away. But what is it like for her? What is it like for a person to slowly -- or sometimes quickly -- forget almost everything she ever knew? Dem

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