Living Forever, Not an Option

Living Forever, Not an Option

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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.


13: Hospice Volunteers
Jun 22 • 28 min
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.
Special Episode: Advance Care Planning with Ellen DiPaola
Jun 8 • 41 min
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…
12: Taking to the Bed? I Don’t Think So!
May 26 • 21 min
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…
11: The Importance of Listening
May 11 • 34 min
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.
10: Telling Our Stories: The Importance of Reminiscing and Life Review
Apr 27 • 22 min
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.
9: Living with a Serious Illness
Apr 13 • 29 min
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.
8: Complementary Therapies: Enhancing Well-Being at End of Life
Mar 30 • 31 min
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.
7: Caregiving for the Caregiver
Mar 16 • 33 min
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.
6: Concepts of Grief and Loss
Feb 28 • 36 min
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.
5: Living Well - Making Every Moment Count
Feb 18 • 36 min
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.
4: Starting the Conversation
Feb 3 • 24 min
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.
3: Who is Driving the Bus?
Jan 20 • 33 min
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…
2: Hospice Myths and Misconceptions
Jan 6 • 29 min
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…
Special Episode - Coping with the Holidays After a Loss
Dec 23, 2019 • 28 min
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…
Episode 1: Understanding Hospice and Palliative Care
Sep 24, 2019 • 25 min
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.”