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Cape Gazette HEALTH & FITNESS TUESDAY APRIL 30 - THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2013 21 alliative care improves quality of life Cicetti >> . Q. Ifa very sickpatient in a hospital is put on palliative care, does that mean they aren't going to make it? o. Recent evidence indicates that palliative care alongside standard care extends lives. Palliative care is not the same as hospice care. Palliative care is designed to improve the qual- ity of life of patients and their families. Hospice is for the end of life. In fact, hospice requires that a patient be certified as being six months from death, and it requires stopping most curative treatments. Palliative medicine is a rela- tively new, fast-growing inter- disciplinary specialty. A team of physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, chap- lains, dietitians, pharmacists and rehabilitation specialists work together with a patient's other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is for people with serious illnesses such as cancer, Car- diac disease, HIV/AIDS, cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney failure, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Palliative care is a good op- tion for someone with a serious illness who needs help manag- ing pain or other symptoms, understanding and coping with a medical condition, and navi- gating the healthcare system. PALLIATIVE MEDICINE IS A RELATIVELY NEW, FAST-GROWING INTERDISCIPLINARY SPECIALTY. The first principle of pal- liative medicine is to help people feel better. It focuses on symptoms such as pain, short- ness of breath, fatigue, constipa- tion, nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, stress and depression. It not only brings physical, emotional and spiritual relief, Aquacare Physical Therapy now offers osteoporosis program Aquacare Physical Therapy, with offices in Lewes, Millville and Millsboro, is offering a spe- cialized osteoporosis therapy program. This program efiaphasizes a comprehensive treatment strat- egy for men and women who have been diagnosed with osteo- porosis or osteopenia. After an initial evaluation by a physical therapist, patients will be seen for a series of visits address- ing proper posture and body alignment, balance training, diet recommendations and specific exercise strategies to strengthen bones and muscles. According to the National Osteo- porosis Foundation, osteoporotic fractures are more com- mon among women than heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined, yet because the condition Lauren Nuttle has no warn- ing signs, few women with the condition are di- agnosed or treated. Independent self-management is the ultimate goal and is the key to a successful outcome. This program is covered by most insurances. For more information on the Briefly )) Delaware Hospice's Lunch Bunch May 3 Delaware Hospice's Family Support Center will hold a Lunch Bunch Lecture from noon to 1:30 p.m., Friday, May 3. Dr. Judy Pierson, clinical psychologist, will present "What the Dying Can Teach Us About the Living" at the Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford. Facing death is the ultimate wake-up call. Those who work with the dy- ing receiving hospice care learn a great deal about life from those facing the end of life. Attendees will hear about the wisdom of the dying that can help guide and developing meaningful practices for living today. Lunch Bunch Lectures are or- ganized by DelftWare Hospice's Family Support Center and are open to the public. Registration is required as seating capacity is limited, and the cost of lunch is $5 per person. Register by Wednesday, May 1, by contacting Vicki Costa at 302- 856-7717, Ext. 1129, or vcosta@ Benefit for First Town Mended Hearts May I A benefit will be held Wednes- day, May 1, for the First Town Mended Hearts organization at Irish Eyes Restaurant in Lewes. Irish Eyes will make a contribu- tion from the dining receipts between 5 and 10 p.m. Mended Hearts commends the restaurant for participating in these com- munity support efforts. Mended Hearts is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring hope in heart dis- ease patients and their families. First Town Mended Hearts is the local chapter in Lewes. Do- nations from the benefit will be contributed to the Dakota McLamb Memorial Fund and to the Cardiac Rehab Center at "Beebe Medical Center. For more information, contact Joe Venerus at 302-827-8125. specialized services offered for osteopenia or osteoporo- sis management or to schedule a consultation or free screen- ing, call the Millville office at 302-539-3110, the Lewes office at 302-945-0200 or the Millsboro office at 302-945-4250. Featuriq Surfing, Maps, but improves a patient's ability to tolerate medical treatments. Palliative care can begin at diagnosis, and can be given at the same time as curative treat- ment. Palliative care also strives to improve communication be- tween patients, their healthcare providers and family members. It is also designed to coordi- nate care, especially as patients move from the hospital to home or to another care facility: About 80 percent of major hospitals offer a palliative-care service. Palliative care is almost always covered by health insur- ance, including Medicare or Medicaid: Because of improvemerit in . healthcare, most Americans who live beyond age 65 can expect to make it to almost 85. However, those survivors may suffer from pain, medical complications, depression and disability. This phenomenon ,has generated a greater need for palliative care. "We need to think about palliative care not as care at the end of life, but as improving a patient's quality of life," says R. Sean Morrison, M.D,, professor of geriatrics and palliative med- the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. "For the vast ma- jority of patients with chronic illness, both life-prolonging and palliative treatments are neces- sary and appropriate." If you would like to read more columns, you can order a copy of "How to be a Healthy Geezer" at COASTAL ERAPY www.Coastal Games, and morel BE .CH l)El:i 17585 Nassau Commons Blvd., Lewes, DE 645-7700