Death, Dying and Late-Stage Alzheimer's Disease
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Alzheimer's Disease is, sadly, progressive and incurable. The one consolation is that the caregiver and family members can plan and prepare for their loved one's passing. Early in the disease, the family has probably made legal and financial arrangement. But as the end stages emerge, emotional and quality-of-life preparations become paramount.
        This month's Hot Topic is scheduled to coincide with the PBS special "On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying." Issues raised during this landmark 4-part series will stimulate discussions among professionals and family caregivers. You can watch the program on September 10, 11, 12 and 13 (9:00PM EST) and then join us in our chat room for an informal discussion of that night's program.
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        Furthermore, throughout the months of September and October, we will have noted experts online to discuss pertinent death and dying matters with you. Join us for one (or all) of our scheduled sessions listed below, or review the transcripts as they are posted.

         Talking With Aging Parents About Death
         Talking About End-of-Life Planning
         Hospice & Late-Stage Alzheimer's Disease NEW
         Principles of Palliative Care NEW

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           Sept 10, 11, 12 and 13 10:30PM to 12:30AM: Nightly discussions about the television program Chat Now!
           Transcript: Quality of Life at the End of Life with Dr. Joanne Lynn.More About Dr. Lynn..

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          Join us in the Forum for discussion with other caregivers and professionals about issues related to death & dying in the Transitions & Spirituality discussion area.
          Dr. John Carter of Mt. Sinai Medical Center and the Jewish Home and Hospital has provided a detailed set of "Questions and Answers on End-of-Life Care" in the Forum. You can read the Q&A and post your own ideas and opinions about end-of-life care. Participate Now...

  Book Reviews
        Handbook for Mortals by Dr. Joanne Lynn
        Hard Choices for Loving People: CPR, Artificial Feeding, Comfort Measures Only and the Patient with a Life-Threatening Illness by Hank Dunn NEW
        My Mother's Voice by Sally Callahan NEW

  Casey's Top Picks on the WWW
        Passage Into Paradise: Dorothy Womack's inspirations for Alzheimer's Disease caregivers.
        GrowthHouse: Death and Dying resources for caregivers and professionals.
        Nursing Home Life Expectency Calculator: Columbia University's methodology for estimating life-expectancy for Alzheimer's Disease patients and nursing home residents.
        Americans for Better Care of the Dying: Dr. Joanne Lynn's organization for quality care at end-of-life.
        Remembering Milly: The Knox family's experiences with late-stage Alzheimer's Disease caregiving.
        Death and Dying: Online chat and e-mail support groups for end-of-life care and grief.

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September 13 (Wednesday 10:30PM to 12:30AM EST) "On Our Own Terms" Chat Now!

September 18 (Tuesday 9:00PM to 11:00PM EST) Ethical Issues in End-of-Life Care with Dr. John Carter Chat Now!

September 20 (Wednesday (9:00PM to 11:00PM EST) Quality of Life Issues in End-of-Life Care with Dr. Joanne Lynn Chat Now!

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