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Where do
we begin?
By BUFFIE FINNEY,
Clinical Liaison, Homeland Hospice

I

recently heard an all too familiar story about an
88-year-old gentleman I'll call "William" whose
life changed in a few short months after he began
falling in his home. William went from living
independently to assisted care after he was diagnosed
with a debilitating illness. His mental and emotional
state could not keep pace with his physical changes.

William thoughtfully planned out his career and
retirement, but never planned for long-term care.
Like most of us, William didn't want to consider the
difficult decisions brought on by illness and advanced
age. It's enjoyable to plan a post-retirement vacation
and frightening to plan for assisted care and our endof-life journey.
As a clinical liaison for Homeland Hospice, I hear
stories like this everyday. Stories like William's will
continue to rise as the 65-plus age group outpaces
other age groups in central Pennsylvania.
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