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Advance Care Planning
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Advance Care Planning
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Get your advance directive papers in order. Read about having a health care proxy and living will to plan for medical, palliative, and hospice care.
Available: online, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Bathing: Alzheimer's Caregiving Tips
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Bathing: Alzheimer's Caregiving Tips
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Learn safety tips and get other advice for helping someone with Alzheimer's disease take a bath or shower.
Available: online, as pdf, e-reader
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Caring for a Person with Alzheimer's Disease
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Caring for a Person with Alzheimer's Disease
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This comprehensive, handbook offers information and advice for at-home caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease. It addresses all aspects of care, from bathing and eating to visiting the doctor and getting respite care.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Chemotherapy and You: Support for People With Cancer
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Chemotherapy and You: Support for People With Cancer
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Focuses on how patients undergoing chemotherapy can manage their side effects, which symptoms to watch out for, and how to communicate effectively with their health care team.
Available: online, as pdf, e-reader
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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Choosing A Doctor
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Choosing A Doctor
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Want to choose a new doctor? Learn about types of medical doctors, read questions to ask friends or family, and get advice for the first appointment.
Available: online, as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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Clinical Trials and Older People
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Clinical Trials and Older People
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Do you want to be a clinical trials research volunteer? Read about the benefits and risk, and words like placebo, informed consent, and control group.
Available: online, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Considering Surgery?
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Considering Surgery?
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Learn what to ask your doctor when you plan surgery or in case of an emergency. Get tips to choose a surgeon, get a second opinion, and assess cost.
Available: online, as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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End of Life: Helping With Comfort and Care
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End of Life: Helping With Comfort and Care
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Provides an overview of issues commonly facing people caring for someone nearing the end of life. It can help you to work with health care providers to complement their medical and caregiving efforts.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Hospital Hints
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Hospital Hints
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Use these checklists to prepare for your hospital stay. These tips can help your stay be a safe one.
Available: online, as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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The Gift of Life
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The Gift of Life
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This brochure provides information to potential organ donors about organ, eye, and tissue donation. It includes information about they current need for donations, answers to frequently asked questions, what can be donated, donation statistics, and organ recipients' stories.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Who Cares: Sources of Information About Health Care Products and Services
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Who Cares: Sources of Information About Health Care Products and Services
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Helps older consumers and their family, caregivers, and friends find reliable sources of information on a variety of health topics important to them.
Available: as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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Your Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home or Other Long-Term Care
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Your Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home or Other Long-Term Care
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What to look for in a nursing home, alternatives to nursing homes, an evaluation checklist, and a list of helpful resources. (Previous item number: 549J)
Available: as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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