Late Life: Making a Difference

“Making a Difference” takes a look at organizations around the Twin Cities area that are thinking about Late Life in different, innovative ways. How are these programs helping patients and caregivers and can they be replicated? The discussion continues in the studio with host Cathy Wurzer.

Air Date 11/29/15

 
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Many older Americans are worried sick. The good news is that we are all living longer. But the bad news is that old age carries with it a lot of chronic disease. Coping with serious illness over the long haul poses serious challenges not only for those living with the illness but for those who care for them. There are a number of health care providers around the country looking at how they can improve care for the chronically ill while reducing costs at the same time. Here in Minnesota, we are looking at some of the historical trends, and cultural and economic forces that determine how we care for (or don't care for) our chronically sick. Through compelling case-study portraits of chronically ill patients and their families, health care providers, and local and national experts, Late Life explores the painful challenges and potential rewards facing all of us as we deal with this most difficult stage of life.
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    Friday, Oct 13 at 9:30am TPT MN
  • #101 — Redefining Care |
    Friday, Oct 13 at 3pm TPT MN
  • #101 — Redefining Care
    Through case-study portraits, "Redefining Care" looks at patients, their families, and health care providers through interviews with local and national experts. We explore the painful challenges... and rewards... facing all of us as we deal with this most difficult stage of life. First in a series. Produced with Allina Health.
    Friday, Oct 13 at 3am TPT MN
    Friday, Oct 13 at 9am TPT MN
    Friday, Oct 13 at 3pm TPT MN
    Friday, Oct 13 at 9pm TPT MN
  • #102 — Living with Chronic Illness
    Modern medicine has transformed some diseases from a death sentence to a chronic illness. See how three Minnesota families adjust to living with chronic illness, including the use of alternative therapies to supplement traditional medicine, and focus on creating fulfilling lives. Second in a series. Produced with Allina Health.
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    Many of the chronically ill and elderly lack the everyday support that can keep them out of the hospital. Something as simple as guardrails can mean the difference between aging in place or a trip to the nursing home. Meet Minnesotans coping with health and non-medical challenges. Third in a series. Produced with Allina Health.
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  • #104 — Meaning & Legacy
    Minnesota patients with chronic illness and their families face questions of meaning and quality of life. Follow along as they explore advance care planning and the desire to ensure their legacy. Included here are individuals from Prior Lake, Golden Valley, and Farmington. Fourth in a series. Produced with Allina Health.
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    Speaking the same language doesn't always mean clear communications. "Noncompliant" and "Difficult" are terms used for patients who don't listen to doctor's orders. But what if the doctor is the one who isn't listening? Doctors and patients sometimes struggle to communicate across cultural and educational barriers. What are some Minnesota health providers doing to break down these barriers. Fifth in a series. Produced with Allina Health.
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    Friday, Oct 27 at 9pm TPT MN
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    Minnesotans are living fulfilling lives - even those that are living with a cancer diagnosis. Join us in learning from their inspiring stories. Produced with Allina Health.
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