Caregiving

What is a Pacemaker?

A pacemaker is a small medical device which gets placed into the chest or abdomen of people with abnormal heart rhythms. The pacemaker uses electrical pulses to help control the heart rate, allowing the heart to beat with more regularly and pump blood throughout the body. Pacemakers are generally placed under the skin in the chest, just under the collarbone, and are hooked up to the heart with tiny wires. Pacemakers run on batteries and are designed to work only when needed (heartbeat is too slow, too fast or irregular). Each battery should last five to eight years or longer. READ MORE

Hope for the Holidays: 5 Tips for Turning Holiday Grief into Optimism

The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy, but not everyone embraces the season with eagerness and a happy heart. Those who suffer grief over the death of a loved one often dread the holidays, when feelings of loss can be most powerful. Fortunately, there is hope–and help–for holiday grievers. Not only can grief be managed and eased during the holidays, it’s possible to endure the season with a healthy dose of optimism.READ MORE

What Exactly is Posttraumatic Growth?

You may be fairly familiar with the term or diagnosis Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). The National Institute of Mental Health describes this as a recurring flight or fight response stemming from an earlier scary, traumatic, dangerous, or shocking event. It has become a pretty common term in our culture recently and affects about 7.7 million Americans each year. READ MORE

Hearing loss: Get the facts!

Have you ever considered how important your sense of hearing is to your daily life and wellbeing? If you have great hearing you may never give it a second thought. But for the 20% of Americans that suffer from some level of hearing loss, day-to-day interactions and activities can be frustrating and downright impossible if not diagnosed and treated effectively.READ MORE

Planning for Death

We liked this article that was recently published on www.montereyherald.com written by Liza Horvath, a professional trustee and estate planner with more than 30 years’ experience. In the article, Liza discusses some of the most important items that need to be considered when planning for death or at the time of passing, such as knowing ahead of time if you intend to donate your body to science or have your organs donated. Both are time sensitive.READ MORE