There was a period of time last year when Ira Anderson was "falling ridiculously all over the place." Reluctantly, he agreed to get a cane and found one with an ornate carved metal handle "that matched my personality."Unfortunately, the cane made a better fashion accessory than a fall-prevention device. An uneven surface or misjudged step still put Anderson on the ground.Read More
It’s not uncommon in ALS for something unexpectedly and abruptly to aggravate your airway and throw you into a choking fit. I know from personal experience that these choking, gagging, gasping spells are physically exhausting, frustrating and upsetting for both the choker and the caregiver.The actions to take for choking depend on the type of choking spell you’re having. For example:Read More
For some, “hospice” is a vague idea whose connection to death leads to outright rejection before the true facts are known.In fact, hospice neither prolongs life nor hastens death. Instead, it offers practical care and support at a difficult and sometimes traumatic time.“People should think about hospice as a comfort measure, not gloom and doom,” says Janet Neigh, executive director of the Hospice Association of America (HAA). “There’s a misconception that hospice is a place. It’s actually a concept, an approach to care for people who have a terminal illness.”Read More
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