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Living Forever, Not an Option

Living Forever, Not an Option

By Lyn Skarmeas
With their vast knowledge about hospice and palliative care, hosts Mary Crowe and Lyn Skarmeas discuss various topics to dispels the myths surrounding hospice, palliative care and end of life. Their goal is to empower individuals with advanced illness to access hospice services sooner, thereby providing more opportunity to improve their quality of life.
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Threshold Singers
This month, we welcome on members of the Threshold Singers. The group is a volunteer hospice singing group located in the North Shore. They talk about their mission and show what bedside singing is all about.  Learn more: ThresholdSingers.com
23:39
May 06, 2022
National Healthcare Decisions Month
April is a time to make sure your advance care planning is set. Have those important conversations with loved ones and make sure you have the right documentation if something happens with your health.  This month's guest is Elder Law Attorney Arthur Skarmeas.
28:38
April 11, 2022
Social Work Month
March is Social Work Month. While some people may associate hospice and palliative care with nurses and aides, social workers are also an integral part of the team, supporting patients and their family.   In this episode, host Mary Crowe welcomes on social worker Kelli Ann Sullivan, who talks about her background and her role.   Learn more: CareDimensions.org
28:31
March 29, 2022
Younger Onset Alzheimer's Disease, with Judy Johansen
In this episode of Living Forever, Not An Option, host Mary Crowe discusses the impact of younger onset Alzheimer's Disease with Judy Johansen, who experienced this impact firsthand, with her husband Steve's diagnosis.
32:50
March 01, 2022
2021 Year in Review
Host Mary Crowe welcomes on David Rodriquez from Danvers Community Access Television.  David helps produce our television program "Timing Is Everything" and comes on to discuss the show's big topics from the past year.   Learn more: CareDimensions.org
30:27
February 08, 2022
Opening to Grief with Claire Willis
Host Mary Crowe welcomes on Claire Willis, who is the author of “Opening to Grief.”  In their conversation, Mary and Claire talk about grief being a natural response to loss, and not something that needs to be “fixed.”
30:37
January 07, 2022
Coping with Grief During the Holidays with Bob Hagopian
On this episode of Living Forever, Not An Option, Mary and Care Dimensions' chaplain Robert Hagopian share advice on how to cope with the holidays after the loss of a loved one.
28:21
December 09, 2021
National Hospice and Palliative Care Month with Francine Temkin
On this episode of Living Forever, Not An Option, Mary discusses with Francine Temkin the way hospice supports caregivers for National Hospice and Palliative Care month.
28:43
November 22, 2021
Care Dimensions During the Covid-19 Pandemic
On this episode of Living Forever, Not An Option, Lyn and Mary speak with guest Stephanie Patel, Care Dimensions’ Medical Director, to discuss how Care Dimensions adapted to the Covid-19 pandemic.
28:04
November 02, 2021
Hospice Volunteers
In this episode of Living Forever, Not An Option, hosts Lyn and Mary discuss the role of hospice volunteers with Care Dimensions' Director of Volunteer Services and Complementary Therapies, Sheryl Meehan.
28:28
June 22, 2020
Advance Care Planning with Ellen DiPaola
In this episode of Living Forever, Not An Option, Mary discusses Advance Care Planning with special guest, Ellen DiPaola, President & CEO of Honoring Choices in Massachusetts. Both experts on the topic, they dispel common myths around Advance Care Planning and offer advice on how and when to fill out these important documents.
41:05
June 08, 2020
Taking to the Bed? I Don't Think So!
In this episode of Living Forever, Not An Option, hosts Lyn and Mary discuss the misconception that a person has to "take to the bed" in order to receive hospice care. "Taking to the bed" refers to a person who is bed-ridden or home-bound, but this is not the case for all hospice patients. Many individuals with serious and advanced illness continue their lives with improved quality with the help of a multidisciplinary team.
21:52
May 26, 2020
The Importance of Listening
In this episode of Living Forever, Not An Option, hosts Lyn Skarmeas and Mary Crowe discuss the importance of listening when you or a loved one has a serious or advanced illness.
34:08
May 11, 2020
Telling Our Stories: The Importance of Reminiscing and Life Review
In this episode of Living Forever, Not An Option, hosts Lyn and Mary discuss the benefits of reminiscing and life review through both their personal and professional experiences. 
22:34
April 27, 2020
Living with a Serious Illness
In this episode of Living Forever, Not An Option, hosts Lyn Skarmeas and Mary Crowe discuss the challenges associated with living with a serious illness and provide tips on how to adjust after receiving a diagnosis.
29:42
April 13, 2020
Complementary Therapies: Enhancing Well-Being at End of Life
In this episode of Living Forever, Not an Option, hosts Lyn and Mary discuss various complementary therapies and the benefits to both patients and families at end of life.
31:40
March 30, 2020
Caregiving for the Caregiver
In this episode of Living Forever, Not an Option, hosts Lyn and Mary discuss the importance of caring for the caregiver to ensure the best quality of life for both the patient and caregiver.
33:46
March 16, 2020
Concepts of Grief and Loss
In this episode of Living Forever, Not an Option our hosts touch upon the realities of grief and loss and ways that we can care for each other during those times.
36:35
February 28, 2020
Living Well - Making Every Moment Count
Episode 5 of Living Forever Not an Option is all about living well, what gets in the way and how we can incorporate techniques or approaches that can positively influence our life, healthcare and overall quality of life.
36:54
February 18, 2020
Starting the Conversation
In this episode of the Care Dimensions Learning Institute's podcast of Living Forever, Not an Option, our hosts, Lyn Skarmeas and Mary Crowe tackle the challenges most of us struggle with when discussing health care wishes,death, dying and hospice care.
24:22
February 03, 2020
Who is Driving the Bus?
Our hosts, Lyn Skarmeas and Mary Crowe, open this episode of Living Forever, Not an Option with a question: “Can you imagine not being in control of your major life decisions?” With this question comes this episode’s topic; being in control of your healthcare wishes before others make the decision for you
33:50
January 20, 2020
Hospice Myths and Misconceptions
In the second episode of Living Forever, Not an Option, our hosts Lyn Skarmeas and Mary Crowe discuss the many myths and misconceptions surrounding hospice care. Lack of understanding or awareness of the services and support that hospice can bring to patients and families, as well as preconceived notions often perpetuate these misconceptions about hospice.
29:50
January 06, 2020
Coping with the Holidays After a Loss
For this special episode of Living Forever, Not an Option, our hosts Mary Crowe and Lyn Skarmeas wanted to do a special episode that discusses coping with the holidays after a loss. The holidays can be a challenging time for people in general but coping with the holidays after a loss adds a new level of difficulty to anyone’s life.
28:55
December 23, 2019
Understanding Hospice and Palliative Care
Hosts Mary Crowe, LICSW, ACHP-SW, and Lyn Skarmeas explain the differences between hospice and palliative care, the philosophy and history of hospice, and dispel some of the myths surrounding hospice care because "living forever is not an option."
25:23
September 19, 2019