Archive for 2013

Palliative Care a Hot-Button Issue in North America

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Palliative care, the type of care administered to people with the aim of preventing and relieving pain and suffering, is a much-debated topic across North America. What first seems like a no-brainer – improving the quality of life for the ill – is an issue that goes much deeper than that.
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What is Palliative Care?

For people …

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Pet Therapy for Veterans and Other Seniors

With Veterans Day only a few days away, most people will take a few minutes to remember the sacrifices that seniors made for us. What we don’t realize, however, is the lasting psychological consequences that seniors have to live with, and how it affects them on a daily basis. Something small, like visiting them with a licensed therapy dog, can make a huge difference in their mood and affect.

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Gambling on Retirement

For millions of Americans, retirement is nothing more than an afterthought, a far-off scenario that doesn’t need to be worried about for decades. But with PBS Frontline’s hard-hitting documentary, The Retirement Gamble, the landscape has been stripped away to reveal an uglier truth: the retirement system is broken, …

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Moving Seniors Between Facilities

Sometimes, residents in a nursing home have to be moved for any number of reasons: the facility might need a massive upgrade, the home may be in a geographical location that experiences severe seasonal weather, or government budget cuts may have rendered the facility unsafe to live in. Whatever the reason may be, it can …

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