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The Emotions of Facing End of Life

Improved life expectancies have delayed facing end of life issues into the upper 80s and even early 90s. However, there always comes a time when the reality of our mortality becomes unavoidable. Aging’s effects can be delayed, not prevented. This means the time comes when difficult decisions create an emotional whirlwind.

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When Grief Becomes Depression

“Just as dying is an inevitable part of the cycle of life, bereavement is a necessary aspect of living,” says an article in Psychology Today.[1] However, depression is not the same as grief and may arise as a response to the changes that follow the loss of someone or something. Understanding how depression and grief differ is important as families cope with life changes.

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Seniors and Couples Care

Vowing to “have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for as long as you both shall live” does not necessarily mean taking on the role of sole caregiver, regardless of the toll it takes on your own wellbeing. Much research has been done to understand the negative effects that caring for a declining spouse have on the health of the well spouse. Regardless of whether the spouse is caring for a...

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Seniors and the Holidays

Dementia and Alzheimer’s affect every aspect of life. Frankly, it’s not easy. And holiday events and observances can be particularly difficult. Joyous memories from before your loved one developed dementia may darken what usually is a bright and cheerful season. In addition, worries about what could happen may disrupt your family’s celebrations and upset the simple pleasure of being together.

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