April 16th has been designated the 4th National Healthcare Decisions Day in the USA. Further information on this day which encourages people to consider and openly discuss their wishes around end-of-life matters can be found on http://www.nhdd.org/
Hugh O’Neill, a Master Thatcher, is a crucial social bridge in terms of keeping the age old tradition of thatching alive in Ireland. I was fortunate to meet him while he was thatching the Sweep Bar in Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford. This is a man with wealth of knowledge and experience in relation to thatching. His wonderful insights are presented in Section One of my writing on Social Bridges.
Dr Susan Delaney’s article ‘Don’t Shy Away,’ published in The Irish Times offers very useful and practical guidance on how to commuicate with, and support, friends who have been diagnosed with a serious illness. The link to the article is: http://ow.ly/4tkxG
I want to draw attention to this article, which relates to the use of art with people with Alzheimer’s Disease http://www.miller-mccune.com/health/art-and-alzheimers-another-way-of-remembering-25996/ because I feel it relates very much to the sorts of ideas which highlighted by the Memory Bridge Foundation. I have discussed the Memory Bridge Foundation in Sections Three and Four of my writing on Losing Elderly Parents.
‘End-of -life issues do not just end with death’ is an article which I wrote reflecting on my experiences as a daughter witnessing the final stages of my parents lives. It was published in the Irish Times yesterday. To read the article click on http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/health/2011/0322/1224292769725.html