Articles related to caring for someone who is actively dying, managing symptoms in the last few weeks of life.

CPR refers to Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation and is considered a “heroic” measure which is started when a person’s heart stops in a futile attempt to revive it.  It was originally developed for the middle-aged and has indeed saved some lives.  But, how effective is it for seniors?

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As someone nears the last weeks of life (particularly the last few days) they may have episodes of ‘confusion’ expressed by uncharacteristic conversation or behaviors such as talking ‘out of their head’, seeing people who aren’t really thee or ‘picking at things’. This behavior can be a true delirium, an acute confusion due to medications, infection, or dehydration, or it could be an experience called ‘Nearing Death Awareness’.

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Once it’s known that your loved one is beginning to die, what can you expect to happen, and what can we all do to make the remaining hours as comfortable as possible?

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