I spent part of the holidays in southern Virginia, visiting with my husband’s family. The whole clan was there to celebrate my mother-in-law’s 95th birthday. Mom had been living with my sister-in-law — her daughter — for about seven years, but recently moved in to a nearby assisted living facility when my sister-in-law returned to work. The change in her cognitive status was noticeable. Continue reading
When the health insurance system fails — as it does too often — patients in need frequently turn to crowdfunding to raise cash to cover their medical expenses. Most such requests are so loaded with pathos and emotion that stories about them often end up on Page 1.
But when Jackie Farwell, enterprise editor for the Bangor Daily News, wrote about a young mother from South Portland, Maine, who needed a kidney donation, she also delved into some of the ethical questions involved when media cover crowdfunding campaigns. Continue reading
A unique outreach program is helping elders of the Lakota nation to address issues of palliative and end of life care among residents of reservations throughout South Dakota. The program incorporates culturally appropriate language and uses peer educators to promote advance care planning and wills.
When Mary Isaacson, an assistant nursing professor at South Dakota State University, began exploring the issue with older adults from the Pine Ridge reservation in 2014, she found an overwhelming need for education and materials. Within a year, Pine Ridge elders Patricia Catches The Enemy, Valaria Red Cloud and Garfield Apple collaborated with Isaacson to develop a Lakota-specific advanced directive brochure and received training to be advance directive coaches. While attending events, such as powwows and flea markets, and visiting community centers where elder meals are served, they hope to start conversations about advanced care planning and wills. Continue reading
As U.S. President Barack Obama heads into his final year in office, his administration is deploying a collaborative effort between U.S. agencies to tackle suicide, stress, mental health and drug use in rural America, according to reports.
Headed by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the initiative will focus in particular on combating the heroin epidemic facing the nation’s poorer, rural areas, The Washington Post reported. Continue reading
Ted Cruz, as you may have heard, said on the campaign trail in late January that he didn’t have health insurance. And that his wife was pretty ticked off about it.
But it’s not really funny. Continue reading