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Tonight we discuss with Celeste Toombs the importance of pre-planning for the End of Life. As we are all aware that some day we will leave this earth but don't want to think about the process and the preparation in doing so. Why not make it easier for our loved ones and allow them the time they need to grieve versus the planning part of it. Celeste has embarked upon this entrepreneurial venture to help educate us on creating End of Life plans.
According to today's special guest Stephanie Payne, R.N., 1 in 3 senior citizens will suffer some form of elder abuse. That abuse may come from caregivers, but more often than we might believe it comes from their very own families.
Stephanie Payne, a practicing RN, author of The Sandbox Wars, and coproducer of the documentary Legacy Decisions End of Life Decisions The Most Important Gift To Your Family, is here to explain why end of life decisions are the most important gift we give ourselves and our families - why each of us must protect ourselves and our families (while we are of sound mind) through legacy planning.
We have all heard stories about families who fall apart after bitter feuding over their parents' estates. We have also heard stories of children or family members who steal from their elderly parents, change their parents' wills when they become mentally incompetent, or swindle them out of their life savings.
Stephanie Payne is on a mission to prevent these tragedies from happening by creating awareness of the issues and teaching others how to make irrevocable end of life decisions.
Everyone will benefit from the information Stephanie will share today. Save the date and be sure to listen.
To learn more about Stephanie Payne, R.N. please visit http://www.thesandboxwars.com and http://www.legacydecisions.com
in Self Help
Deanna Cochran, End of Life Doula, RN and Palliative Care Educator talks About Quality of LIfe and a Very Special Hospice Care Service.
Jazz saxophone player, Patrick Traihan joins us and web play some of his original music.
Laura Gelezunas checks in from the retirement paradise south of the border, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
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Dr. Jonas will review a fascinating Advanced Care Planning Symposium he attended at UD last weekend which included an introduction to a new proposed DNR form for Ohio (MOLST form). Grief and loss is the topic of Dr Synonymous Blog this week. Other blogs and tweets may be mentioned as the show moves along. Listen in. Join the chat room.
Please join our live interview, Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. PST and 7:00 p.m. EST with host Denise Messenger. Our special guest is Judy Flickinger. She is the author of the book, "Spirit Matters: How to Remain Fully Alive with a Life-Limiting Illness. Judy Flickinger was a hospice nurse for the last twelve years of her forty two-year professional life as a registered nurse. During this time she recognized that a healthy spirit (who we are as a person) could make the difference between a miserable death and a positive, meaningful end-of-life experience for both the patients and their loved ones. This information is vitally important to persons faced with a life-limiting illness and everyone else, as well. In 2010 Judy received Central Florida’s “Woman of Hope” award for her book and her work with hospice.
Spirit Matters; & End of Life Health Care with Judy Flickinger
In her book, Spirit Matters, Judy Flickinger offers a seldom-considered but all-important perspective on what really matters at the end of life. As a retired hospice nurse turned author, Judy focuses on the importance of keeping the spirit—the person inside the dying body—alive and well during the course of a life-limiting illness.Spirit Matters exposes the motives, misconceptions, and lack of knowledge that often prevent dying people from receiving the type of care that can create and maintain a healthy spirit. The message in Spirit Matters is conveyed in eleven lessons illuminated by the personal stories of dying people and their families. Readers will learn, laugh, cry, and hopefully realize that near the end of life, first and foremost - Spirit Matters
Judy Flickinger was a hospice nurse for the last twelve years of her forty two-year professional life as a registered nurse. During her hospice career, she worked directly with hundreds of dying persons and their loved ones.
Early in her hospice work, Judy came to realize that a successful hospice outcome depended as much, if not more so, on the condition of the patient’s spirit as it did on the condition of the patient’s body. She recognized that a healthy spirit could make the difference between a miserable death and a positive, meaningful end-of-life experience for both the patients and their loved ones.
For more information visit: http://www.spiritmattersauthor.com/index.html
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Susun Weed answers 90 minutes of herbal health questions followed by a 30 minute interview with Angelo E. Volandes. Angelo is a physician and researcher at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also the founder of Advance Care Planning Decisions, a nonprofit organization devoted to encouraging The Conversation through the use of videos. He lives outside Boston, Massachusetts. Through his vocation as a physician and the work of his nonprofit, Advanced Care Planning Decisions—which encourages The Conversation through patient videos—Volandes has dedicated his life to establishing a new standard of care. THE CONVERSATION is the essential guide that has long been missing from American medicine. It will embolden patients and inspire doctors to advocate for the choices that promote peace of mind and improve quality of life, because a life well lived deserves a good ending.
this episode Q&A includes:
• sleepless nights and menopause- nourishing adrenals with nettle infusion, stay in bed..
• distracted and emotional in menopause? ask family not to depend on you for 1 year..
• NHI's are a simple and deep way of nourishing yourself..
• successfully conceived with vitex, NHI's and animal fats at every meal..
• herbs for surgery and looking at other options..
• side effects from NHI's? drink less, rotate through all of them..
• chickweed slight blood thinner..
• poison ivy reaction or gingko reaction- osha root tincture seems to stop histamine reaction..
• clitoral tissue is non aging- calendula ointment..
• stroke victim and self care..
• eliminate heavy metals with seaweed..
• dream pillows- lavender, hops, cronewort..
BIGthinking Kimberly Marshall is an expert when it comes to life insurance and end of life planning. She will reveal the different types of insurance, who should get it and why.Her passion is in assisting those who have loved ones who will be transitioning by providing them with financial relief.
A large population of seniors with health conditions, physically and emotionally challenged are not able to receive insurance or able to afford it because of the increased pricing. Kimberly and her team have enabled this to no longer be a challenge among many who fall into those categories.
Listen in on the obstacles she faced in living her passion of assisting others.
If you are looking to learn more as well as become a part of her team you can contact her directly from the information she will be revealing.
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Scott Cluthe talks with Dr. Angelo Volandes, author of The Conversation, about the most difficult one spouses and/or family members will ever have to have: End of Life issues.
Dr. Angelo Volandes is a practicing internal medicine physician in the MGH Department of Medicine and a junior faculty member at Harvard Medical School. He is a Harvard College and Yale Medical School graduate.
Angelo continues his work surrounding Advance Care Planning (ACP), the process by which patients plan for future medical care under circumstances of impaired decision-making.
His study compared the preferences of patients after seeing a video depiction of a patient with advanced stage dementia, to those who received a verbal description of that health state.
There is an unspoken dark side of American medicine-keeping patients alive at any price. Two thirds of Americans die in healthcare institutions tethered to machines and tubes at bankrupting costs, even though research shows that most prefer to die at home in comfort, surrounded by loved ones.
Dr. Angelo E. Volandes believes that a life well lived deserves a good ending. Through the stories of seven patients and seven very different end-of-life experiences, he demonstrates that what people with a serious illness, who are approaching the end of their lives, need most is not new technologies but one simple thing: The Conversation. He argues for a radical re-envisioning of the patient-doctor relationship and offers ways for patients and their families to talk about this difficult issue.
Paul Gantner Esq., Elder Estate Attorney with Your Estate Matters LLC, talks about the necessary legal planning needed to prepare for end of life.
Mr. Gantner obtained his undergraduate B.S.B.A. degree in Management and B.A. degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Louis University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He went to law school at University of Missouri, in Columbia, and obtained his Juris Doctorate in 2008. Mr. Gantner also obtained his Master of Business Administration from University of Missouri in 2008.
Paul Gantner joined Purcell and Amen in 2009. Mr. Gantner is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and a member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. He is licensed to practice law in Missouri and Illinois and is an accredited attorney for the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for veterans’ benefits before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). He also actively volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association of St. Louis.
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