6 Things To Do When You Are Dying

Keynote Speaker Dr. Carl Hammerschlag
As a much requested keynote speaker and expert on the topic of aging and end of life, Dr. Carl Hammerschlag is frequently asked about his philosophy on dying.  As a result of that question, he wrote down 6 philosophical things to do when you are dying:
1 Approach your dying like you live your life – with curiosity, courage and connections
2 You don’t have to be sure about everything; open yourself up to the mysterious
3 Look beyond your limitations.  Find even one thing you can still do, and it will help you find a way to live every day with joy
4 Never lose your sense of humor – there is nothing you can’t laugh about
5 Make your death mean something; leave good footprints
6 Say goodbye is saying hello to another awareness perhaps even contentment
When he shared these with his good friend, Elisabeth Kuber-Ross, author of the groundbreaking book, “On Death and Dying.”   Elisabeth responded, “Why do you talk so much? 
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Five Essential Tips for Caregivers

Jane Heller, NY Times and USA TODAY bestselling author outlined five tips for Caregivers in the recent Visiting Nurses & Hospice Care newsletter. Taken from her book on caregiving, You’d Better Not Die or I’ll Kill You: A caregiver’s Survival Guide to Keeping You in Good Health and Good Spirits. It is important to Laugh, Cry, Take a Mental Vacation, Ask for Help and Touch Your Loved One. To read Jane’s complete article in the newsletter here.
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Health Is A Question of Balance

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A Shrink for Ten Dollars – Shrink Bot

Dr. Hammerschlag Speaker, AuthorIn this week’s Schlagbytes, Dr. Carl Hammerschlag makes us aware of a “Shrink Bot,” a ten dollar phone app that is a new animated, robotic shrink called Ellie.  She asks you how you’re doing and encourages you to talk (she even utters a well timed “uh-huh” just like a real shrink does).  While getting you to talk, Ellie is also recording your eye movements, facial expressions, voice inflection, gestures and body language. This virtual woman is also a camera and sensors that are tracking thousands of measurements every minute, she records every wince, pause, hesitation, and later analyzes the data to see how depressed you are. 
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Preventative Medicine and Current Healthcare System

Dr Travis StorkIn a recent interview with Patricia Sheridan / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dr. Travis Stork was asked to comment about the emphasis of preventative medicine in conjunction with a regular checkup, which many times is all about symptoms.  Dr. Stork had this to say:

“That is the unfortunate reality of our current health care system, which is more broken than anyone realizes. Whether you are talking about the emergency department where you are trying to see three or four patients every hour, many of whom are on death’s doorstep, or you are in a primary care office and you are looking at a list of 60 patients in one day, some of it is beyond the control of the physician. 
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