February 2016


Baby Boomers Embracing New Cause: Choice at the End of Life


​Death and dying have long been taboo topics, but as baby boomers enter their senior years, societal views are changing. From honoring loved ones on Facebook to celebrating the lives of family members through creative, personalized memorial services, the 78 million Americans born 1946-1964 are already beginning to break down barriers and transform the way society views death. As the best-educated seniors this country has seen, they are also insisting on power and decision making throughout the entire health care continuum, including the final phase of life.
 
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February 02 2016


When the Language of Grief Includes Swearing


Language can feel limited when it comes to expressing the overwhelming and huge emotions of grief. Sad, depressed, overwrought, and angry just don't cut the mustard. 
 
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February 01 2016


A Hero's Welcome


Honor Flight Cleveland is part of a network of nonprofit organizations with the shared mission of paying tribute to U.S. veterans by providing them safe, memorable, and all-expense-paid trips to Washington, D.C. The trips include visits to the national memorials that honor their service. In August 2014, Charles Platia took part in an Honor Flight Cleveland trip with nearly 50 veterans and their escorts. Videographer Don Pavlish and I both had the privilege of accompanying the veterans to document the day's events.
 
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February 01 2016


Post-Traumatic Stress at the End of Life


The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have been found among soldiers in every war. The syndrome begins when a traumatic event or events that a person has experienced leaves such a strong psychic impression that the person later suffers from recurrent, painful, and intrusive recollections. These may take the form of unwanted thoughts, images, or even hallucinations, called flashbacks, during which components of the event are actually relived.
 
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February 01 2016

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