Beginning January 1, 2016, Medicare plans to reimburse doctors who provide counseling for end-of-life care. Read the full story on NPR.org.
Older individuals suffering from depression often have severe feelings of sadness, but these feelings frequently are not acknowledged or openly shown. Sometimes, when an older person is asked if he or she is depressed, the answer is “no.” Some general clues that an older person is experiencing depression include persistent and vague complaints, help-seeking, moving in a slower manner, and demanding behavior.
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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.