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Do the Right People Know What to Do If Something Happens to You?

The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men Gang aft agley Those famous lines by the Scottish poet Robert Burns are more familiar to our ears as “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” But you don’t … Continue reading

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How to Have Effective Conversations About Health Care Planning: May 11 Workshop

One of the hardest conversations to have with your loved one involves how to plan for declining health. When to treat? When is it time to let go? Despite the difficulties, it’s essential to have those conversations, not only with … Continue reading

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Palliative Care Does NOT Mean Giving Up

What does the phrase “palliative care” mean to you? If you think of health care professionals who help someone with a serious, debilitating illness to manage pain, loss of appetite, depression and other associated issues, you’re on the right track. … Continue reading

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End-of-Life Choices: Honoring Your Loved One’s Humanity

It’s easy and very human to worry about all the “what-if’s” in life. But with aging parents or other loved ones, having an honest conversation about what to do when—not if—health issues become more serious or life threatening can seem … Continue reading

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Know Your Rights: In Massachusetts, Patients Must Be Informed of End-of-Life Care Options

As of December 19, 2014, new statewide regulations now require all Massachusetts licensed hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities to inform adults with serious advancing illnesses about the full range of end-of-life care options, including advanced care planning, palliative care … Continue reading

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