On February 27 my Dad died, and I became a member of a club I had avoided for 63 years. I know hundreds, maybe even thousands of members of this club and have walked with many of them on their journey through the loss of a parent.
Chronic pain affects more people than cancer, diabetes, heart attack and stroke combined. The Institute of Medicine estimates there are more than 100 million sufferers in the United States. So, what is Chronic Pain?
In January, my singing partner Cindy Ballaro asked me if I’d ever heard of the Senior Games or the Silver Arts competition. I had not heard of either one.
A professor in Japan spent decades building robots that look human. Despite perfecting the hair, skin and eyes, his robots fooled no one. As he dug deeper he discovered the real problem: His robots sit perfectly still. Humans don’t do that.
As a Strategic Account Manager for Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region I like to start many of my educational in-services and community events with a question: “What do you think of when you hear the word ‘hospice’?” As you can imagine, depending on the crowd I receive a multitude of answers to that question. Based on these answers I wanted to share some of the most common hospice myths and misconceptions that our staff must overcome when educating the Charlotte community about end of life care.