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    Health Care Terms and Definitions (part 1 – POLST)

    Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

    In this continuing blog we will explore different heath care terms and definitions and what they mean.

    Part 1  – POLST – Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment.

    POLST was adopted in California in 2009. This is a voluntary form, which must be signed by you (or your agent) and your physician and indicates the types of life-sustaining treatment you do or do not want if you become seriously ill.  Your physician will be able to provide this form for you.

    What does POLST do?

    – Defines your preferences for CPR, use of antibiotics, feeding tubes, etc.

    Seniors and Isolation

    Friday, February 3rd, 2012

    One of the unfortunate consequences of aging is often isolation.  Isolation can lead to loneliness and a decrease in mental and physical ability. However, isolation is not inevitable and there are many ways to combat isolation as we age.

    What Causes Isolation?

    Not only is isolation a common experience, it is an understandable consequence of aging. As we age, our children grow up and leave home, we retire from the work force, and – as our bodies change – we become more vulnerable to developing chronic illnesses. We may also lose our independence because of the need to stop or reduce driving.  While much of this is unpleasant and unwanted, they are all natural consequences to the aging process, and we must accept the realities of aging in order to make a commitment to live life to the fullest.

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