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Living Forever, Not an Option Podcast

Care Dimensions is proud to share our podcast Living Forever, Not an Option, which explores various topics to dispel the myths surrounding living with a serious illness, hospice, palliative care, and end of life. With their vast knowledge about hospice and palliative care, hosts Mary Crowe, LICSW, ACHP-SW, C.D.S., CDP, Director of Professional and Community Education, and Lyn Skarmeas, Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, empower individuals with serious illness to consider hospice and palliative care services sooner, thereby providing more opportunity to improve their quality of life.

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Younger Onset Alzheimer's Disease

In this episode of Living Forever, Not An Option, host Mary Crowe discusses the impact of younger onset Alzheimer's Disease with Judy Johansen, who experienced this impact firsthand, with her husband Steve's diagnosis.


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Opening to Grief

Host Mary Crowe welcomes on Claire Willis, who is the author of “Opening to Grief.”  In their conversation, Mary and Claire talk about grief being a natural response to loss, and not something that needs to be “fixed.”

Hospice Myths and Misconceptions

Hosts Lyn and Mary discuss several myths and misconceptions surrounding hospice care. Lack of understanding or awareness of the services and support that hospice can bring to patients and families, as well as preconceived notions often perpetuate these misconceptions about hospice.

Understanding Hospice and Palliative Care

Hosts Mary and Lyn explain the differences between hospice and palliative care, the philosophy and history of hospice, and dispel some of the myths surrounding hospice care because "living forever is not an option."

Starting the Conversation Around Death and Dying

Hosts Lyn and Mary tackle the challenges of starting a conversation starting a conversation about death, dying, and making your wishes known.

Caring for the Caregiver

Hosts Lyn and Mary discuss the importance of caring for the caregiver to ensure the best quality of life for both the patient and caregiver.

Concepts of Grief and Loss

Hosts Lyn and Mary touch upon the realities of grief and loss and ways that we can care for each other during those times.

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