NIH Offers Comprehensive Online Information on End of Life Care
Symptom Management, Practical Concerns are Focus of Topic
April 1, 2014 04:14 PM
A new Web resource from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is aimed at helping people address a sensitive subject -- the end of life. The latest addition to NIHSeniorHealth, the health and wellness website for older adults, the End of Life module provides visitors with information about the most common issues faced by the dying and their caregivers.
The End of Life module describes the physical, mental, and emotional needs of people nearing the end of life and suggests ways to maintain their quality of life, such as hospice and home care. It also addresses the often complex practical concerns that can attend death, including financial issues, advance directives, caregiver support, and more. Other topics include:
Types and places of end-of-life care
Planning and paying for end-of-life care
Handling health care issues
When the end comes
Coping with grief
The End of Life module joins an impressive roster of research-based health topics geared toward older adults, including exercise and physical activity, long-term care, safe use of medicines and management of diseases such as stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis and Alzheimer's disease. A joint effort of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), both components of NIH, NIHSeniorHealth is designed to be senior friendly and is tailored to the cognitive and visual needs of older adults. The short, easy-to-read segments of information, large print, open captioned videos and simple navigation make the information on the site easy for older adults to find, see, and understand.