Sr. Mary Diana Dreger, physician and a member of the Dominican Sisters of the Congregation of St. Cecilia in Nashville, discusses how to care for elderly parents, including her experiences caring for her own aging parents, important things to remember when making decisions, providing for physical and spiritual needs, and how to make the best of the last years of life.
Sr. Mary Diana’s chapter on this topic, “Caring for Older Adults,” in Catholic Witness in Health Care: Practicing Medicine in Truth & Love (CUA Press) http://a.co/4oFzxm2
Dr. Peter Morrow’s article from the Linacre Quarterly, “The Catholic Living will and Healthcare Surrogate: A Teaching Document for Evangelization, and a Means of Ensuring Spirituality Throughout Life” http://bit.ly/CathWill
Also in this episode: News (0:45) – New Canadian law requires physicians to refer patients for euthanasia
Preventive Medicine Tip (7:20) – Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening
Medical Trivia (Answer at 38:15) – When somebody is exhibiting uncontrolled, extreme emotion, they may be labeled hysterical. Hippocrates thought that one of the organs actually traveled within the body to cause hysteria. From what part of human anatomy does the term hysterical come? And why?
Medicine You Need to Know (47:15) – High Rates of Physician Depression and Suicide