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Hospice Care for Ovarian Cancer Patients

Hospice Care for Ovarian Cancer Patients By: Laura Mantine, MD What is ovarian cancer? Ovarian cancer is cancer that grows in a woman’s ovaries. Damaged or deformed cells start to grow out of control. Although treatment has a high rate of success if the cancer is found at an early stage, in many cases it isn’t discovered until advanced stages when the cancer is harder to treat. A biopsy, or small surgery, is often performed when ovarian cancer is suspected. This is done to confirm the disease by taking tissue and fluid samples for analysis. Some ovarian tumors are benign,…
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September is Sepsis Awareness Month

September is Sepsis Awareness Month According to the CDC, in a typical year, at least 1.7 million adults in America develop sepsis and nearly 270,000 Americans die as a result of it. So, what exactly is sepsis and who is at risk? In honor of Sepsis Awareness Month, we want to answer these important questions.   What is sepsis? Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection and can be life-threatening. Your immune system works to protect you from infections and fight off any that occur, but it’s possible for it to have an overreactive response to infection. Symptoms…
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Benefits of Yoga for Hospice Patients

Benefits of Yoga for Hospice Patients We’ve all heard how good yoga is for you, but have you ever thought about the benefits of yoga for hospice patients? Yoga is defined as a spiritual discipline that is widely practiced for health and relaxation that includes breath control, simple meditation, and specific bodily postures. All of these things can be used to help hospice patients and their families navigate through an emotionally stressful time. A brief history of yoga Yoga is a combination of spiritual, mental, and physical practices that originated in ancient India approximately 5,000 years ago. It was originally…
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National Wellness Month

National Wellness Month Did you know August is National Wellness Month? Although we all know we should always try to make wellness a priority, at times we drop the ball. Unfortunately, sometimes focusing on wellness takes a back seat to everything else in our busy lives. This is what makes August the perfect opportunity to re-focus on our wellness and kick start a healthy lifestyle. Don’t know where to start? No worries, we’ve put together a list of five simple habits to incorporate into your routine each day! Drink more water Health experts often recommend we follow the 8×8 rule:…
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World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day 2021: Hepatitis Can’t Wait World Hepatitis Day is celebrated on July 28th each year to raise awareness for the global problem of viral hepatitis. What is hepatitis? Most often caused by a viral infection, hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. There are five main hepatitis viruses, referred to as types A, B, C, D, and E. Hepatitis A Transmission: Mainly spread through eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water. Often widespread in countries with a lack of safe water and poor sanitation. Prevention: Treatment within a few weeks of exposure can also bring short term immunity.…
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Alzheimer’s and Hospice

Video: Alzheimer’s Disease and Brain Health Awareness   How to Know it May be Time for Hospice Watching someone you love suffer from Alzheimer’s or another memory debilitating illness is incredibly difficult, and it can be even more challenging to decide when it’s time to consider hospice care. Our latest video discusses the following five signs that indicate it may be time for hospice for an Alzheimer’s patient.   1.) Physician determines they are at or beyond stage 7 of the Functional Assessment Staging Scale The Functional Assessment Staging (FAST) Scale is a tool used to determine if changes in…
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Alzheimer’s Communication Tips

Video: Tips to Improve Communication with Alzheimer’s Patients   Changes in Communication As Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month continues, we want to discuss a very important topic- communication and Alzheimer’s. As the disease progresses, a person’s ability to communicate gradually diminishes. Changes in communication vary from person to person, but there are several common issues you can expect to see, including difficulty finding the right words and organizing words logically.   Effective Communication If someone you love is living with the disease, you know it can be challenging at times to communicate with them. The video above discusses the following…
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Hospice and the LGBTQ Community

LGBTQ Aging A 2020 Gallup study observed Americans’ identification as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT), by generation. The findings report that only 1.3% of the Traditionalist generation (born before 1946) and 2.0% of Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) identify as LGBT. This number increases dramatically over the generations, reaching 15.9% for Generation Z (born 1997-2002). The question is – does the higher percentage of younger Americans reflect a true shift in sexual orientation? Or is it simply reflecting a greater willingness to identify as LGBT? Although those who make up the younger generations were born into a world where huge…
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Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

June is… June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. This month-long celebration provides the opportunity to focus on raising awareness for the 50 million people worldwide living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Alzheimer’s Disease Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disease and the most common form of dementia. It causes a slow decline in memory, thinking, and reasoning skills. Schedule an appointment with your doctor if you notice any of these ten signs and symptoms: Memory loss that disrupts daily life Challenges in planning or solving problems Difficulty completing familiar tasks Confusion with time or place Trouble understanding visual images…