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How a Selfless Stranger Made My Family’s Happiness Possible

Posted on April 26, 2021 by Robin Gould

For double lung transplant recipient Craig Gould and his family, every day is a gift thanks to an organ donor. ...

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Don’t Let Pandemic Delay Advance Care Planning

Posted on April 15, 2021 by Catherine Duffy, NP, ACHPN

The COVID-19 pandemic opened a lot of eyes about advance care planning, yet many U.S. adults have not completed advance directive documents or had conversations with family and health care professionals about medical care preferences. ...

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Podcast: Advance Care Planning with Ellen DiPaola

Posted on July 8, 2020 by Mia Buscone

In this special episode of the Care Dimensions Learning Institute's podcast, host Mary Crowe discusses advance care planning with Ellen DiPaola, president and CEO of Honoring Choices Massachusetts. ...

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Podcast: Starting the Conversation Around Death and Dying

Posted on February 3, 2020 by Veronica Giarla

In this latest episode of our podcast Living Forever, Not an Option, our hosts Mary Crowe and Lyn Skarmeas tackle the challenge of starting a conversation about death, dying, and making your wishes known. ...

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Podcast: Who Is Driving the Bus? Taking Charge of Your Healthcare Wishes

Posted on January 23, 2020 by Veronica Giarla

In this latest episode of our podcast Living Forever, Not an Option, our hosts Mary Crowe and Lyn Skarmeas discuss the importance of advance directives and making your healthcare wishes known. ...

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The Annual Holiday Visit: An Opportunity for Family Conversations about Health Planning and Preferences

Posted on November 18, 2019 by Dr. Talia Lewis

At this time of year, many of us travel long distances to reunite with parents, siblings and extended family. In addition to the meals and celebrations, the annual holiday visit can be a good opportunity to open up conversations about changes we may notice in our loved ones’ health status, and overall, how their days are going. One place to start is with your loved one’s mobility.&n...

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Who Will Speak for YOU if You Are Too Ill to Speak for Yourself?

Posted on April 16, 2019 by Mary Crowe, LICSW, ACHP-SW

Sharing your health care choices-- through advance directives--is a gift you can give to those you love, giving them the confidence to act knowingly on your behalf. At the same time, your autonomy and dignity are preserved by tailoring medical care based on your own preferences. ...

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Make Your Health Care Wishes Known Before It’s Too Late

Posted on April 5, 2018 by Robert Taylor, MD, FAAHPM, FAAN

What would happen if you became seriously ill or injured and couldn’t make medical decisions for yourself? If you have completed a health care proxy (HCP) form that identifies the person you most trust to make those medical decisions, and have spoken with that person and your doctor about your health care wishes, you can have peace of mind. If you haven’t completed an HCP form and have an accident or become so ill that you cannot speak or make health care decisions, doctors will not know which treatments you do and do not want. ...

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April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day

Posted on April 14, 2017 by Stephanie Patel, MD

This is the 10-year anniversary of National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD), April 16, a day that was founded to inspire, educate and empower the public and health care providers about the importance of advance care planning. This special initiative creates an opportunity to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding how much treatment they want to receive at end of life and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be. ...

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New Year’s Resolution – Document Your Health Care Wishes

Posted on January 3, 2017 by Stephanie Patel, MD

This time of year lends itself to self-reflection and resolutions, and is a good time to take stock of what is important in our lives and the lives of our loved ones. At Care Dimensions, we believe that one of the most important resolutions you can make in 2017 is to engage in advance care planning by completing an advance directive. ...

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