Health and Fitness

What It Means When Your Doctor Recommends Hospice

When faced with a life-threatening illness, the word many people fear most is “hospice.” Obviously, it is not a recommendation one wants to hear, but some of people’s fears are based on myths about what hospice does and that it means giving up hope. Nothing could be further from the truth. When is a hospice recommended?

To put it in simplest terms, a physician will recommend hospice when he or she feels the patient has a prognosis of six months or less to live. This is certainly not good news, but there are people who elect to discharge from hospice either to pursue aggressive treatment, or because conditions change enough they no longer qualify and the hospice initiates discharge. Or as some say, they “graduate.”

Common? No. But it does happen.

Most people also think you have to be diagnosed with cancer to be hospice eligible, but that isn’t the case. There are guidelines for admission for many chronic, debilitating diseases, such as congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and end stage dementia, amongst others. The hospice benefit continues past the six months as well, as long as you remain eligible per guidelines to remain on service, so there is no time limit.

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What Causes You to Lose Weight and Gain It Right Back?

In their quest to lose weight, many people choose fads and shortcuts they think will lead to permanent weight loss. In fact, these things set them up to gain the weight back, and sometimes they may even gain more than they lost. To successfully achieve permanent weight loss, you must get back to the basics of good nutrition and exercise and avoid the common pitfalls that sabotage long-term success.

Best Exercises for Shoulder Bodybuilding

Isolating the shoulder muscles, or deltoids, during workouts challenges even the most seasoned exercisers, but utilizing some bodybuilding classics will give you a base for your shoulder workout routine. The deltoid muscle has three heads — anterior, medial and posterior — and any routine ideally targets all three.


Don’t Let the Holiday Madness Drive You Mad

As a nurse for a medical call center, we get a lot of calls during holidays for coughs, fevers — and anxiety. Yes, ’tis the season of eating, shopping and pushing yourself to personal meltdown. But it doesn’t have to be, if you take a few precautions to enjoy the season without the holiday madness.

Shop Smart and Early
While everyone knows the best bargains are on Black Friday, it’s also the longest lines and fraught with horror stories about crazy deals bringing out the worst in all of us. And even if you camp out and line up early, that $49, 60-inch TV is probably gone by the time you navigate the stampede. Presuming you survive.

My advice? Just don’t do it. The stress isn’t worth the money saved. Start before Black Friday and watch for deals to tuck away all year long. Any shopping left by Thanksgiving, skip the malls that weekend and go back after the rush. Of course, if you’re reading this in December, a little too late for that plan. So suck it up, take your next day off and just get it done all at once. Gift cards are your friend, but make a resolution to do better next year.

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