The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey has sponsored a YouTube channel that features educational videos for caregivers on Alzheimer's disease and dementia. A video titled "Circle of Harmony" is accompanied by a workbook.
This ever-popular comprehensive study program provides a critical foundation for health care providers who want to incorporate the principles of hospice and palliative medicine into their daily practice. The UNIPAC, 4th edition, is a nine-volume set that has been thoroughly reviewed and updated by experts in the field to include the latest evidence and best practices. New to this edition is the online amplifire module. Visit www.unipacs.org to purchase your copy.
Listen to the audio from Drs. David and Debbie Oliver's moving 2013 AAHPM & HPNA Annual Assembly plenary presentation and learn what a patient and caregiver need from palliative care, what their cancer journey has meant to them personally, and how going public has created important teachable moments.
Seigan Glassing is a member of an interdisciplinary palliative care team and was trained as a chaplain by the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. "If I can help bring [the patient] a sense that they are not alone, that they have been heard, that their pain has been understood by another person, I think I've done my job," he said. Chaplains are part of the effort to make end-of-life care more holistic, assisting patients in prioritizing goals and improving their quality of life.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Michigan are using a $1.7 million NIH grant to develop an online tool that will help people who care for dementia patients track, treat and understand behavioral symptoms of the disease. The WeCare initiative will run through 2016.
Transgender patients may be difficult to place in long-term care because of how facilities may view their gender status, and they can feel socially isolated, Dr. Robert Killeen writes in GeriPal. He said transgender patients are a vulnerable population that have difficulty finding and affording care and that hospices need more resources to help them.