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What is palliative care?

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The goal of palliative care is to tend to your whole self -- physical and emotional -- while you have a serious illness. It can help you and your loved ones with decision-making, understanding your situation, and taking care of your condition and the stresses and emotions it can bring up. There are doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals who have special training in this field and who can be part of your health care team.

AARP: "Villages Take Root Around Virginia," "9 Need-to-Know Technologies for Caregivers," "About Continuing Care Retirement Communities," "Hiring Someone to Help With Home Care."

AARP Public Policy Institute: "Valuing the Invaluable: 2011 Update, The Growing Contributions and Costs of Family Caregiving."

Eldercare Locator, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Adult Daycare."

Amy Goyer, AARP's family, caregiving, and multigenerational issues expert; author, , Rosetta Books, 2013. Juggling Work and Caregiving

Medicare.gov: "Home health care: what it is and what to expect."

Suzanne Mintz, founder, Family Caregiver Advocacy; author, Capital Books, 2007. A Family Caregiver Speaks Up,

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging: "Home and Community-Based Services."

National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers: "What You Need to Know.”

Get Palliative Care: “Frequently Asked Questions.”

National Public Radio: “For Some, Pre-Hospice Care Can Be a Good Alternative to Hospitals.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on May 05, 2017

AARP: "Villages Take Root Around Virginia," "9 Need-to-Know Technologies for Caregivers," "About Continuing Care Retirement Communities," "Hiring Someone to Help With Home Care."

AARP Public Policy Institute: "Valuing the Invaluable: 2011 Update, The Growing Contributions and Costs of Family Caregiving."

Eldercare Locator, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Adult Daycare."

Amy Goyer, AARP's family, caregiving, and multigenerational issues expert; author, , Rosetta Books, 2013. Juggling Work and Caregiving

Medicare.gov: "Home health care: what it is and what to expect."

Suzanne Mintz, founder, Family Caregiver Advocacy; author, Capital Books, 2007. A Family Caregiver Speaks Up,

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging: "Home and Community-Based Services."

National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers: "What You Need to Know.”

Get Palliative Care: “Frequently Asked Questions.”

National Public Radio: “For Some, Pre-Hospice Care Can Be a Good Alternative to Hospitals.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on May 05, 2017

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