Category Archives: General Health Care

Maggie Cares: A New Pet Therapy Blog Feature



My name is Maggie, and I’m honored to be featured as the online pet therapy dog for THA Group’s Island Hospice. I’ll be visiting you through the “blogosphere” to bring you a little cheer and brighten your day.

I’m a 7 year old Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. I began working as a therapy dog in 2009 as a “Healing Hound,” providing comfort and affection to many wonderful people in a Connecticut hospital. I’ve been told that my presence has helped to reduce stress, improve moods, and even lower blood pressure.

Thank you for visiting my blog feature! I promise you tips, quips, quotes and photos that I hope will make you smile.


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What Is It Like to Have Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease?

Every 4 seconds someone in the world is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

This video takes you through a day in the life of a person who is suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. From waking up in the morning and not knowing where you are, to possibly never recognizing anyone that is helping you, the confusion, stress, and anger that this disease can cause is real.

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Researchers Identify 8 Signs of Impending Death

Researchers say they have identified eight specific physical signs that strongly indicate that someone with advanced cancer is entering the last days of life. The hope is that this information will help family members and other caregivers better handle an impending death, as well as be more prepared for choices that may have to be made during end-of-life care. Read the full article.

Dr. Thomas Smith Urges Facing Death to Improve Life

Dr. Thomas Smith. Photo courtesy Johns Hopkins Medical.

Dr. Thomas Smith. Photo courtesy Johns Hopkins Medical.

Dr. Thomas Smith, Director of Palliative Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, will be giving a free educational lecture on Friday, February 6, 2015.  He urges “anybody who is at risk for having a serious illness and/or dying sometime in this life” to attend. Read more about Dr. Smith’s vision of palliative care and advance care planning.

The Fallacy of “Giving Up”


Doctors are trained to resist and “fight” the end of life process, leading a patient into “battle” with disease. Although we know that the battle with death can’t be won, it is important for patients to consider the basics of what is important to them in life, so that their families and medical teams can make sure they get the care that aligns with their goals and values. Read the full article.

Today Is National Healthcare Decisions Day


National Healthcare Decisions Day exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. National Healthcare Decisions Day is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be.  Continue reading

Depression in Older Adults


For many people, January is a bleak month – holidays are over, credit card debt lingers, vacations have ended, and resolutions for the new year have already been broken. British psychologist Chris Arnall theorized that, according to a mathematical formula, the third Monday of the year is the most depressing day of the year. Although “Blue Monday” was started as a publicity campaign by Sky Travel and scientists have deemed the formula to be pseudoscience, social workers, therapists and counselors do say that more people seek help for depression in January than in DecemberContinue reading

Managing Care Between Home and Hospice


The gradual deterioration of health experienced by many frail and chronically ill elderly is, referred to as the “gray zone”, is a condition that lies somewhere between treatable disease and terminal illness. When should providers switch from treatment to hospice, or even begin to dial back on the tests, drugs and procedures they prescribe for the frail elderly? Read the full Modern Healthcare article.