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How to Help Your Older Loved Ones Through COVID-19


According to a recent Harris poll reported by Forbes, 25% of adults over 65 admitted they’re not very knowledgeable about COVID-19, 77% think they’re “unlikely” to catch it, 91% still plan to go to the grocery store, and only 20% said they would avoid mass transit. (For comparison, only 77% of Millennials plan to keep shopping and 35% plan to avoid mass transit.)

Here are 7 Suggestions for how you can help the older loved ones in your life through this confusing and potentially alarming time…

Focus On…Death and Dying

Hereafter Partners was featured on New Jersey public access television in February. Founder Leslie Rowley was interviewed by Lew Goldstein on his topical program Focus On. They discussed why it is so important to talk about issues related to aging and death and dying with your loved ones well before the end feels near. This conversation will be old hat for Hereafter Partners readers but it might be good for sharing with friends or loved ones who might not have yet become comfortable with the topic.

Special thanks to Lew, producer Dana Hughes Moorhead, Chuck McEnroe, and Princeton Community Television for making this appearance possible.

 

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How to Be With a Dying Person


When my friend, Dorothy Mullen, was diagnosed with Stage Four lung cancer, she spent the last few months of her life helping people become more comfortable (or at least accustomed) to speaking about and planning for death.  This is a guest post from Dorothy addressing the top 13 worries that people have about being around a dying person—from “What should I say or do” to “What if I say the wrong thing?”

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New Dementia Resources


One of the most frequent questions is whether there are any ways to protect our wishes about end of life care in the face of neurodegenerative diseases. 

As part of their newly consolidated “Tools to Finish Strong,” the national organization Compassion & Choices has launched a suite of new interactive dementia resources to help you stay in control of your life and care even if a time comes when you are no longer able to make decisions for yourself.

Learn more about the Dementia Values and Priorities Tool and the Dementia Decoder…

Dorothy Mullen in August 2019

Dorothy’s End of Life Planning Packet


Dorothy Mullen, whose “radically real schpiels” on death and dying were an inspiration to her community, co-hosted a public even with Hereafter Partners founder Leslie Rowley. The video of the event and the accompanying informational packet should be part of anyone’s “starter kit” when it comes to end of life planning.