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Living Forever, Not an Option

24 EpisodesProduced by Lyn SkarmeasWebsite

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 provi… read more

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Threshold Singers

May 6th, 2022

23:38

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 …

National Healthcare Decisions Month

April 11th, 2022

28:38

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 …

Social Work Month

March 29th, 2022

28:31

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 …

Younger Onset Alzheimer's Disease, with Judy Johansen

March 1st, 2022

32:49

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.

2021 Year in Review

February 8th, 2022

30:27

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.  

Opening to Grief with Claire Willis

January 7th, 2022

30:36

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.”

Coping with Grief During the Holidays with Bob Hagopian

December 9th, 2021

28:21

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 …

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month with Francine Temkin

November 22nd, 2021

28:42

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.

Care Dimensions During the Covid-19 Pandemic

November 2nd, 2021

28:03

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.

Hospice Volunteers

June 22nd, 2020

28:28

In this episode of Living Forever, Not An Option, hosts Lyn and Mary discuss the role of hospice volunteers with Care Dimensions' Director of …

Advance Care Planning with Ellen DiPaola

June 8th, 2020

41:04

In this episode of Living Forever, Not An Option, Mary discusses Advance Care Planning with special guest, Ellen DiPaola, President & CEO of …

Taking to the Bed? I Don't Think So!

May 26th, 2020

21:52

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 …

The Importance of Listening

May 11th, 2020

34:08

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.

Telling Our Stories: The Importance of Reminiscing and Life Review

April 27th, 2020

22:33

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. 

Living with a Serious Illness

April 13th, 2020

29:42

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.

Complementary Therapies: Enhancing Well-Being at End of Life

March 30th, 2020

31:39

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.

Caregiving for the Caregiver

March 16th, 2020

33:46

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.

Concepts of Grief and Loss

February 28th, 2020

36:34

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.

Living Well - Making Every Moment Count

February 18th, 2020

36:54

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.

Starting the Conversation

February 3rd, 2020

24:22

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 …

Who is Driving the Bus?

January 20th, 2020

33:50

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 …

Hospice Myths and Misconceptions

January 6th, 2020

29:50

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 …

Coping with the Holidays After a Loss

December 23rd, 2019

28:54

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 …

Understanding Hospice and Palliative Care

September 19th, 2019

25:23

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 …

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