I think many of us have heard of palliative care but there seems to be a lot of confusion on what it is exactly. That’s what we are going to clarify in today’s episode. Dr. Heather Sung is a palliative care physician in Connecticut and shares what it is, how it differs from hospice and how we can incorporate palliative care in our treatment plans that can result in better outcomes and better quality of life.
Caregiver Stories: Diverse Voices
As part of the Modern Aging community, we want to hear from diverse voices that embody what it means to be a caregiver. Each contributor shares their story, what they learned from being a caregiver; what they wished they knew beforehand; what they worry about most; and how they self-care. These are common issues that bind us but how we handle these challenges are often very different depending on our families, cultures, situations, locations. We hope that by sharing their stories, you will find comfort and insight in your caregiving experience as well as possibly learn something new!
I have been curious about medical cannabis for many years. I’ve read articles and watched videos about it being ‘miracle medicine.’ I’ve heard it has great results for patients with Parkinson’s, epilepsy, cancer, autoimmune diseases, pain management, and the list goes on. A friend introduced me to Dr. Chin and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to finally convince my mom that cannabis could potentially help her.
I got to visit a hospital in Japan and it’s called the Watanabe New Heart Hospital in Tokyo. Wow. This is the kind of hospital I wish we had here in the States. The doctors and nurses treat you as though you are royalty. The accommodations are fit for a 5 star hotel. And the food? Wow…the cafeteria food is like eating at a Michelin star restaurant! I was certainly impressed and inspired.