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The Conversation Project Releases ‘Practice Makes Perfect’ Video

Discussing end-of-life care planning with loved ones is inherently difficult and not usually thought of as humorous, but the Conversation Project has released a video that finds the funny side of how people attempt to bring up the subject.

The video – called “Practice Makes Perfect” – features a handful of subjects speaking into the mirror to practice how they would start the conversation of end-of-life care with their family members. It starts out with some well-meaning, but awkward attempts to raise the issue. While it begins with humor, the video concludes with some of the “best practice” suggestions for more successful ways to broach the matter.

See the video below and visit the Conversation Project’s website for their helpful toolkits.

November is National Family Caregivers Month

Caregiving Around the Clock” is the theme announced by the Caregiver Action Network for National Family Caregiving Month through November 2017.

The Caregiving Month webpage includes plenty of ways for organizations and providers to celebrate and raise awareness, and has tools and videos for caregivers themselves. As we work to promote an Age- and Dementia Friendly Massachusetts, the Healthy Aging Collaborative encourages support for caregivers and has helpful guides available on our Resource Library. Continue reading

Guest Blog Post: Joining Forces for Health Care Decisions Month

The following is a guest blog post from Ellen DiPaola, Esq., President and CEO of Honoring Choices Massachusetts.

This year, Honoring Choices Massachusetts is so pleased to join forces with The Conversation Project  and The Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care for one amazing collaborative initiative: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of National Health Care Decisions Day.

Every competent adult, 18 and older, can download a free “Getting Started Tool Kit”  to make your own health care plan. The Honoring Choices Community Partners across the Commonwealth will be hosting activities and events all month to help consumers make a plan and get connected to person-centered care in their community. Continue reading

Older Adults: Tips for Caregivers

The “Tips for Caregivers” section of CDC’s Health Literacy website has a list of resources for caregivers who serve older adults. For example, the Palliative Care Communication Institute created “A Communication Guide for Caregivers” to help families talk about cancer and get much needed care and support. View this website for more information and tips for caregivers. (Source: CDC)

How Community-Based Organizations Can Support Value-Driven Health Care

Cross-posted from HealthAffairsBlog
By Anand Parekh, MD, MPH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Robert Schreiber, MD, Hebrew SeniorLife

As our health care system transforms more quickly than ever from paying for volume to paying for value, providers have strong incentives to ensure that their patients’ care plans are reinforced and supported outside the clinical setting in people’s homes and communities. Continue reading

Environmental Health Fact Sheets for Caregivers

These easy-to-read fact sheets for caregivers are intended to provide advice about environmental hazards ranging from air pollution to drinking water contaminants. For example, how to stay safe during a heat wave, or how to find out about the air quality where you live and how knowing about the air quality could prevent an asthma or heart attack. Source: EPA

5 Resources for Family Caregivers

This article by the National Council on Aging includes 5 resources for family caregivers to help them do their job. Resources include “BenefitsCheckUp,” “My Medication Matters” and more.