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New Documentary “Nine to Ninety” Airing on PBS

Seniors woman with her caregiver at home

-+*Phyllis is 89 years old (now 94 at the time the film is being aired) and the story shared in this documentary about her and her husband, Joe, hits close to home for me. This touching and revealing movie gives you a sneak peek inside what a family goes through when they love their elder adults and the struggle that the caregivers, …

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MHV featured in US News & World Report Article

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-+*Who’s Caring for You in the Hospital? When everybody is wearing white, it’s difficult to figure out who’s who. “When a friend or family member is admitted to the hospital, you can feel like you’re drowning. There are important decisions to make, and caregivers are often inundated with information. That’s why it’s important to stay on top of who’s who …

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What’s the ‘Cost’ of Futile Care?

Doctor and nurses examining critical male patient in hospital

-+*A recent NY Times editorial piece explored the all-too-common conflict seen in hospitals. It occurs when a patient is deemed medically unable to regain consciousness, and physicians agree that the person will not recover, however, the patient’s family insist on continuing care at all costs — financial and medical. These types of situations are called “futile cases” and it is estimated …

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Being Mortal – full length feature available on Frontline (PBS)


-+*Dr. Atul Gawande’s best selling book, “Being Mortal” is the subject for a Frontline show on the state of living and dying in America. It features candid, and invaluable, conversations with physicians and patients on the subject. The web page also features several in depth articles from different perspectives and issues related to end-of-life care. Watch the 1-hour program online here. Related Book: …

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Advance Directive Planning – Celebrate National Healthcare Decision Day


-+*April 16th was National Healthcare Decision Day (www.nhdd.org). Although 80% of people say it is “very” or “somewhat” important to write down their healthcare wishes, only 36% actually have written instructions. My goal, as is the NHDD’s mission, is to make the topic of Advance Care Planning easier. This post will give a general overview of the topic and provide links that you …

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“Choosing Wisely” Campaign Says “Question These Things!”


-+*When you see a doctor who is a specialist in Internal Medicine (or other subspecialties), she (or he)  must be certified (and re-certified) by the organization that oversees her group of physicians in that specialty practicing in the United States. “The American Board of Internal Medicine (or ABIM) is a non-profit, independent physician evaluation organization committed to continuously improving the …

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At what point does more treatment not equal better care?


-+*Click here to read NY Times opinion piece by Dr. Ira Byock “Our health care system is well honed to fight disease, but poorly designed to meet the basic safety needs of seriously ill patients and their families. We can do both. We must.” Dr. Byock’s position is that we should have a Safe Dying Act in this country. Patients shouldn’t …

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“The Invisible Homebound” How can care improve at home?

Nurse Visiting Senior Male Patient At Home

-+*Around 4 million Americans have chronic illnesses and disabilities that make it difficult—if not impossible—for them to leave their homes, even for medical care. They are an often forgotten group, one that typically cycles in and out of hospitals and skilled nursing facilities, and a costly one as well. Researchers, Bruce Leff and Christine Ritchie, coauthored a recent Health Affairs study …

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