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Hospice Care: What was accomplished in 2014 and what to expect in 2015?

- Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Are you a hospice advocate?  Do you work in hospice care? Are you or a loved-one considering or receiving hospice care?  ..

Living with a Serious Illness

- Thursday, February 19, 2015

When someone is diagnosed with a serious or life-limiting illness, their life changes forever. You may notice that people treat you differently – by trying to shield you from unpleasantness, withdrawing from you because they are uncomfortable with illness or “smothering” you with constant attention.  ..

February 10, 2015 PBS features film on FRONTLINE called Being Mortal

- Wednesday, February 11, 2015


November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

- Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Hospice Helps Patients and Families Focus on Quality of Life ..

Mesothelioma Awareness & Palliative Care

- Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive cancer that arises in the protective lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart. Its only known cause is exposure to asbestos, a cancer-causing mineral that was widely used in the U.S. as an additive to construction materials. 

Most patients are diagnosed when the disease has already reached an advanced stage, because symptoms of mesothelioma often take decades to appear after the initial exposure to asbestos. 

Symptoms vary according to where in the protective lining the cancer first arises, but typically include pressure caused by fluid buildups, painful swelling and fatigue.

Palliative and Hospice care plays a very important role in the treatment of mesothelioma patients, especially those with an advanced diagnosis. It relieves the pain and discomfort caused by symptoms and allows patients to focus on living life on their own terms.

For more information on awareness, patient and caregiver support and resources, visit www.mesotheliomagroup.com. 


Professional Social Work Month - March 2014

- Friday, March 07, 2014


November is National Hospice Palliative Care Month

- Sunday, November 10, 2013

Reaching out to local communities is a daily activity at the more than 5,000 hospice organizations across the country.  Every November, this activity is amplified as the nation’s hospice and palliative care community observes National Hospice Palliative Care Month. “To celebrate and affirm all that hospice does for patients and families, Hospice Associates joins NHPCO in this proclamation.


WHEREAS, hospice and palliative care empower people to live as fully as possible, surrounded and supported by family and loved ones, despite serious and life-limiting illness;


October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

- Thursday, October 10, 2013

This October, Hospice Associates, is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point during her life. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women.

The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.

If you are age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.

Women ages 50 to 74 need mammograms every 2 years. You may choose to start getting mammograms earlier or to get them more often.

Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member has had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.

Did you know? Breast cancer can occur in men. Over 2,000 men are diagnosed each year. Watch this short video: http://1.usa.gov/HSlf4 

Worried about cost? Mammograms are covered for women over age 40 under the health care reform law. More information here: http://1.usa.gov/159zd67 

You can make a difference also! Spread the word about mammograms and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved. 


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