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Abel Tasman becomes the first European explorer to sight the South Pacific island group now known as New Zealand. In his sole attempt to land, several of Tasman’s crew were killed by warriors from a South Island tribe, who interpreted the Europeans’ exchange of â–ş On Dec. 2, 1777, legend has it that trumpet signals as a prelude to battle. Philadelphia housewife and nurse Lydia Darragh single-handedly saves â–ş On Dec. 12, 1901, Italian physicist the lives of Gen. George Washington and radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi and his Continental Army. She made succeeds in sending the first radio notes when she overheard the British transmission across the Atlantic Ocean, planning a surprise attack and got them disproving detractors who told him that to Washington. the curvature of the earth would limit transmission to 200 miles or less. â–ş On Dec. 6, 1921, The Irish Free State, comprising four-fifths of Ireland, is declared, ending a five-year Irish â–ş On Dec. 10, 1967, a plane carrying struggle for independence from Britain. soul-music legend Otis Redding The Irish Free State was renamed Eire, crashes into the frigid waters of a small and is now called the Republic of Wisconsin lake 3 miles short of the runway, killing seven of the eight men Ireland. aboard, including Redding. His classic â–ş On Dec. 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment song (“Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bayâ€? to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, would be released in its “unfinishedâ€? bringing an end to the prohibition of form several weeks later. alcohol. Prohibition did little more than slow the flow of booze, and bootleggers like Al Capone built criminal empires â–ş On Dec. 15, 1988, legendary singer James Brown, also known as the out of illegal distribution. “Godfather of Soulâ€? and the “Hardest â–ş On Dec. 4, 1945, the U.S. Senate Working Man in Show Business,â€? approves U.S. participation in the United becomes inmate number 155413 at Nations. The U.N. allowed world leaders the State Park Correctional Institute in to observe each other as never before, as South Carolina. Already no stranger to in the 1961 incident when Russian leader law enforcement, Brown’s reckless spree Nikita Khrushchev presented a spectacle on Sept. 24 had resulted in numerous by pounding his table with his shoe for criminal charges, including assault and emphasis during a U.N. debate. battery with intent to kill. â–ş On Dec. 13, 1642, Dutch navigator

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perishing in hospitals or nursing homes. Sadly, one fifth die connected to machines in the intensive care unit. Despite the statistics, there is a growing change Living in the United States of America, we are in American culture as the Baby Boomer generation genuinely blessed to have choices. In our democratic way of life, we have the right and, hopefully, the ability challenges the way they want to die. Writing for TIME to choose things that are important to us. Franklin D. magazine, Dan Kaldec affirmed, “Boomers will not be Roosevelt once stated “Democracy cannot succeed passive in the face of death, but instead are opting for a unless those who express their choice are prepared to proactive stance on living life on their own terms, right choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy and, until the end. As medical science has vastly extended therefore, freedom of choice, is education.” However, the human lifespan in the last century, Boomers are many people are not aware of the choices available to taking advantage of that extension to lead lives that them during one of the most important aspects of life; are not only longer, but fuller. As longer life spans are the choice to die in peace while surrounded by loved increasingly leading to longer periods of chronic or ones. Although hard to pre-consider, it is often a debilitating disease, Boomers are starting to ask how missed opportunity and the facts are alarming. It has they might avoid this nightmare and their insistence been shown that three fourths of us want to pass away on living - and dying - on their own terms has fueled peacefully at home, yet most don’t get that wish. In growing awareness of an important medical service; fact, less than 25% of people die at home with most hospice and palliative care.” Too often, patients feel a loss of control in their life due to their illness, but they and their loved ones must remember that health care is based upon choices, and that you are in control. By having choices in selecting the when and who for hospice care, they gain a sense of control, and that can help create a better end of life experience for them and their family. U n q u e s t i o n a b l y, We are here to help. hospice is an important and growing service. Just Hospice Care is a personalized program of as clearly, civilization’s palliative and supportive services that historical medical model provides medical, emotional, social, and is based upon “fixing the spiritual care for patients with a limited life problem” or “curing the expectancy. With our help, the patient and disease.” Therefore, some family can focus on improving the quality of attitudes and practices of each day rather than the symptoms and medicine combining with stresses of advanced illness. a lack of information can • We can often begin hospice care the same day we are contacted. create barriers to accessing hospice programs at a • A registered nurse, familiar which each patient, makes regular visits critical time. Although often and is on call 24 hours every day. unintentional, physicians • Assistance with bathing, grooming and other personal care needs is have been identifi ed as the provided by hospice aides. most common barrier for the • We minimize the number of caregivers our patients see, too-late hospice referral. As which ensures consistent care and comfort. a patient and a free thinking individual, you have the right Mary T. Hospice Care is Medicare Certified, MN licensed, to choose your quality of CHAP Accredited and a partner of the We Honor Veterans program. life and how you would like it as you approach the end. (763) 772-9963 or (763) 772-9955 Importantly, the patient also can choose who will provide 1555 118th Lane NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55448 their end of life care. • NOTE: It is very

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important for people to realize that in most cases hospice services are fully paid for including sources from Medicare, Medicaid, and the Veteran’s Administration. There is a huge and aging veteran population in the United States. As this population ages and hospice awareness increases, more resources will be necessary to address the growing demand for end of life services. Knowingly, the Department of Veterans Affairs has developed a hospice criterion which is specifically designed to meet the needs of its veterans. In collaboration with the VA, a program called We Honor Veterans was developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. This program focuses on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgement of the service our veterans gave. What does hospice provide? Barb Ouellette, RN, and Mary T. Inc. Assistant Director of Home Health Care & Hospice explained the goals of the hospice team: “We provide quality of life and comfort at the end of life. Hospice care includes addressing pain management issues until comfort is achieved. We are committed to providing individualized service that creatively fulfills the needs of the patient. Furthermore, we take the pressure off family and loved ones by relieving them of many of the details associated with terminal illness. We also focus on assisting the client in strengthening relationships with loved ones at the end of life.” A well-known service provider to senior communities and persons with disabilities, with multiple facilities throughout and beyond the Anoka County area, Mary T. Hospice has engaged in a concentrated effort to educate the general public and veterans alike about the benefits of hospice. Mary T. believes the quality of life for the patient and family can be improved with an interdisciplinary approach to hospice care and, whenever possible, bringing the care to where the patient lives, further enhancing their comfort and end of life experience for them and their family. The care team includes the primary care physician, medical director, a registered nurse/case manager, a social worker and a spiritual care provider. All this combines to ensure that whether the patient is in a private home, long term care facility, or other alternative residence, they will be provided timely and compassionate care. If you would like more information about hospice care, please do not hesitate to call them at (763) 772-9963 or (763) 772-9955. This article was copy written by Falcon Prince Publishing from information and data supplied by Lauri Cutinella, M.A., LSW, of Mary T. Hospice. Mary T. Hospice is Medicare Certified and has achieved Deemed Status from Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP), a standard of excellence. Mary T. Inc. was established in 1976 and is an independent, locally owned company based in Coon Rapids. Mary T. Inc. serves clients throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. In addition to Hospice Care, services include Supportive Living, Home Health, Assisted Living, Rental Housing, and Senior Apartments. Mary T. Inc. is affiliated with Camilia Rose Care Center, which is also located in Coon Rapids.

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