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My Vexing/Gratifying 7 Years Of Caregiving

This essay was originally published in The Huffington Post. Re-posted with Jacobs’ permission. On April 26, while lying motionless in her nursing home bed with closed eyelids and a gaping mouth, my 86-year-old mother took two last short breaths before peacefully going still. Her death from complications of dementia and kidney failure brought to a […]

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Why Caregiving Doesn’t “Suck”—A Sympathetic Rebuttal

This essay was originally published in The Huffington Post. Re-posted with Jacobs’ permission. Family caregiving “is life-disrupting, frustrating, painful and heart-wrenching,” she wrote. “It is time-consuming, exhausting, frightening and depressing.” Above all, Huffington Post Senior Writer Ann Brenoff contended in her variously sad, angry and bitterly funny June 23 article, that caregiving isn’t “rewarding.” Part […]

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The Importance Of Advance Directives

Stress among patients and their loved ones often stems from disagreements regarding health care decision-making at the end of life, including the choice of when to use or stop use of life-sustaining medical procedures. Generally, the choices regarding medical care are within a patient’s control. However, it is important to realize that there may come […]

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Occupational Stress: Doctors Suffer When Unable To Save Lives

Physicians who treat the terminally ill may suffer from emotional stress when unable to save patients’ lives. Burnout and compassion fatigue are two serious forms of occupational stress physicians may suffer, according to research by Michael Kearney, M.D. Kearney, a palliative care physician at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, describes burnout as “the end stage of stresses […]

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