Other Services & Resources
For your convenience, we have provided a number of links to valuable services, resources and helpful information.
ON-LINE SERVICES & RESOURCES
Aging in the Know
This website offers up-to-date information on health and aging as well as useful links to other resources.
Aging With Dignity
Purchasing directions for "Five Wishes," a simple document to put your "wishes" in writing should you become seriously ill and unable to speak for yourself.
American Brain Tumor Association
Founded in 1973, the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) was the first and is the only national advocacy organization committed to funding brain tumor research and providing information and education on all tumor types and all age groups..
Americans for Better Care of the Dying
A non-profit organization dedicated to social, professional, and policy reform to improve care for persons with serious illness and their families. Includes Agitator's Guide: 12 Steps to Get Your Community Talking about Dying.
American Pain Foundation - PainAid
An on-line forum to help people with pain, called PainAid, contains pain specific message boards, chat rooms, guest speakers and an 'Ask the Expert' section.
Caregiving Web Site
Information about health and wellness of the family caregiver, bill management, home care help, community support, free messaging.
Growth House: Guide to Death, Dying, Grief, Bereavement, and End-of-Life Resources
An award-winning gateway to resources for life-threatening illness and end of life issues.
Hospice & Palliative Care Federation of MA
For a consumer guide, Massachusetts hospice directory, and general information about end of life concerns.
Hospice Foundation of America
Resources, hospice locator guide, education opportunities, and general hospice information.
Making Every Moment Count
A video that profiles five children with advanced illness, ranging from newborns to teenagers, as well as the families and health professionals who support them in hospitals, hospice programs and at home. 40 minutes. National Film Board of Canada, 2003.
Massachusetts Gerontology Association
A professional membership organization who's mission is to convene researchers, practitioners, and public policy makers in Massachusetts to create dialogue on critical issues related to aging and to facilitate the transfer of knowledge from academic research to day-to-day practice.
Massachusetts Medical Society
A professional membership organization providing a web site on healthcare proxy, advance directives, discussion guides, and links to other resources.
Massachusetts Pain Initiative
The Massachsetts Pain Initiative (MassPI) is a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals and consumers that work to disseminate accurate pain management information, educate healthcare professionals, raise public and patient awareness of the pain problem, promote practice change, and advocate for the removal of regulatory and legislative barriers to pain management.
Means To a Better End: A Report on Dying in
The first-ever state-by-state analysis of end of life care funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and released on November 18, 2002. For more information about the report.
The full 108 page report is available online at www.giaging.org/meansbetterend.pdf
National Brain Tumor Society
The Brain Tumor Society iscommitted to improving the lives of all those affected by brain tumors.
US Living Will Registry
The Registry electronically stores advance directives and makes them available directly to hospitals across the country through an automated system. This storage service is free and confidential.
What Matters Now
Create a free personal website to keep loved ones updated, reflect, connect, share and get support when facing a life-changing illness.
SUGGESTED BOOKS AND READINGS
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. Atul Gawande: Metropolitan Books, 2014
In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending.
Matters of Life and Death: Finding the Words to Say Goodbye. Carol Wogrin: Broadway Books, Inc., 2001.
A practical guide discussing the importance of communicating with the terminally ill, offering suggestions on what to say and do to offer comfort, and to make the most of the final opportunities with loved ones.
Be Prepared: The Complete Financial, Legal, and Practical Guide for Living with a Life-Challenging Condition. David S. Landay: St. Martin's, 1998.
An attorney's guide to the practical concerns created
by life threatening illness.
Dying Well: The Prospect for Growth at the End of Life. Ira Byock, MD: Riverhead Books, 1997.
Illustrated with stories by dying patients, a hopeful view of dying is offered as well as some conditions important for dying well.
Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness. Joanne Lynn, MD and Joan Harrold, MD: Oxford University Press, 1999.
A practical guide for choices, symptoms, and emotional and spiritual issues around death and dying.
Tuesdays With Morrie. Mitch Albom: Doubleday, 1997.
A former student connects with his college professor who is dying from ALS. Fourteen "classes with Morrie" are recounted.
The Good Death: the New American Search to Reshape the End of Life. Marilyn Webb: Bantam, 1997.
A journalist's well-researched effort to describe dying in the US, review current law, and offer recommendations for ensuring "good deaths."
RECOMMENDED REFERENCES for PROFESSIONALS PROVIDING END OF LIFE and BEREAVEMENT CARE
A Physicians' Guide to Pain and Symptom Management in the Cancer Patient'. Abrahm, Janet L.: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.
Living with Dying: A Comprehensive Resource for End-of-Life Healthcare Practitioners. Berzhoff, J. and Silverman, P. Eds: Columbia University Press, 2004.
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. Fadimin, A.: The Noonday Press, 1997.
Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing. Ferrell, B., and Coyle, N., Eds: Oxford Press, 2003.
Palliative Care Perspectives. Hallenbeck, James L.: Oxford University, 2003.
Gerontologic Palliative Care Nursing. Matzo, M., and Sherman, D. Eds.: C.V. Mosby, 2004.Handbook of Bereavement Research: Consequences, Coping and Care. Stroebe, M., Hansson, R., Stroebe, W., & Schut, H.: American Psychological Association, 2001