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What to give Uncle Ernie, Grandma Mabel and Great Aunt Rose?

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What to give Uncle Ernie, Grandma Mabel and Great Aunt Rose?

by: Anna Chodos I'm literally running out the door for last minute shopping. I wanted to make time, though, to share with you all good gifts for older adults that my colleagues have been sharing with me in case you're still in gift buying mode.These suggestions are a mix of practical, helpful and more traditionally gifty. And it's meant to make you feel generous because giving makes your and your recipient's brains actually grow, sort of like this! (Thanks for the tip, Don Berwick, who summarized the wonderful benefits of being social and giving during a recent speech). Links are...

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Timing of Palliative Care Consultations – Is Earlier Better?

Timing of Palliative Care Consultations – Is Earlier Better?

by: Eric Widera Growth in inpatient palliative care over the last decade has been remarkable. A study published this month showed that in 1998 only 15% of hospitals with more than 50 beds had an inpatient palliative care program. That numbers is now 67% nationally. While this is great news, one can't help to think that the majority of patients facing a serious illness, such as advanced cancer, are not in the hospital. A study published this week in  JPM by Colin Scibetta Colin, Kathleen Kerr, Joseph Mcguire, and Mike Rabow gives us more weight when advocating for improved early...

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Families Caring for Families

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Families Caring for Families

by: Amy Getter.“A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” Mahatma Ghandi. When my children were little, I provided day care in my home, and I often heard my working mothers make comments about having “quality time” in the evening with their kids. I wondered, having my own kids and knowing the busy times around dinner, followed by bathing, bedtime stories, and night time rituals, how that chaotic amount of doing could actually be referred to as “the quality” time. I considered all the hours during the day: sitting on the couch and reading at story...

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