Treating Seniors: Risks vs. Benefits

Treating Seniors: Risks vs. Benefits

While informed consent policies require health care professionals to make sure that patients or those who are acting on their behalf are comfortable with the suggested course of care. Making medical decisions is a challenging process that entails a thorough assessment of the risks and benefits of treatment.  With informed consent, the burden increasingly falls on patients and their caregivers to ask the right questions to understand their options.

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Things Not to Say to Someone Who is Grieving

Things Not to Say to Someone Who is Grieving

As we age, the loss of family and friends to death occurs with greater frequency.  Knowing what to say – or what not to say – requires skillful communication.  In this article, we deal mainly with the things people commonly say, but shouldn’t.

Speaking to a member of a bereaved family can be challenging and awkward. Yet, there are things that, however well meaning, can be empty at best or hurtful at worst.  And, there are alternatives that more comfortably convey the same message.

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