Author Archives: Eileen Beal

About Eileen Beal

Eileen Beal, M.A., has been covering health care and aging since the late 1990s. She's written several health-related books. including "Age Well!" with geriatrician Robert Palmer, and her work has appeared in Aging Today, Arthritis Today,WebMD and other publications.

Understanding and covering the evolving landscape of the ‘good’ death

road-to-cleveland-2Until the 1920s, most Americans died relatively quickly and at home, surrounded by things and people – including their minister, priest or rabbi – they knew and who knew them. And, because they died where they lived, and among those who cared for them, the fear, pain, relief and release that death brought was common knowledge.

Today, however, death and the dying process are a mystery to most Americans. Only rarely, and usually in a crisis situation, do we get a peek behind the curtain at the anger, fear, pain, guilt, yearning, etc., that dying people experience, whether they are being cared for in a health care facility or at home. Continue reading

Flying into Cleveland for #AHCJ16? Take the Red Line to downtown

road-to-cleveland-2When you fly into Cleveland Hopkins Airport for Health Journalism 2016, you can get to your downtown hotel by taking a $40-$45 taxi ride, or you can book a seat on a shuttle for $35 one way and $60 round trip. Both will use Interstate 71, so you’ll see zip-nada-nothing of Cleveland’s interesting landscape until you are almost there.

Or you could follow the ground transport signs down to the light rail station and take the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority’s Red Line train (which locals call “the rapid”) into Cleveland. It runs every 15 minutes (except between midnight and 4 a.m., when it runs less frequently) and provides fast, cheap and scenic service between the airport and Terminal Tower in downtown Cleveland. Continue reading

Take the opportunity to tour a world-class medical history museum

road-to-cleveland-2The seed for the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum was planted in 1894 by the Cleveland Medical Library Association. Initially what is now the museum was a repository for local doctors’ collections.

Today The Dittrick (which is what locals call it) is an internationally respected museum with exhibits and programs that showcase:

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