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Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia. Approximately 5.4 million Americans have AD. Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. The disease is characterized by memory loss, language deterioration, poor judgment, and an…

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Important Issues and Decisions

Sometimes people with terminal illnesses have to make decisions about how much treatment they want to have and how long they want to prolong life. Family members may have to make these decisions when the individual is too ill to…

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The Rights of a Dying Person

A dying person has the right to: • Decide how to spend the final phase of his or her life • Refuse treatment (including food and water) and decide how much treatment to have • Relief from pain and suffering,…

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HIPAA History and Overview

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HIPAA History and Overview

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Two Ways to View the End of Life

Curing The “medical model” of dying says there comes a time when all possible treatments have been tried and there is nothing left to do that will prevent death. In this view, we must “give up” trying to cure the…

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The Goals of End-of-Life Care

Each individual should decide what his or her goals are for the final phase of life. Caregivers can help people identify and achieve these goals. The goals may include things like: • The individual’s personal goals and desires, such as…

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Your Role in Caring for Someone at the End of Life

You should remember two important concepts when caring for someone who is terminally ill. Acceptance The first thing you must do when caring for someone who is at the end of life is to accept the person and the choices…

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