"Late Life: Heart & Soul" illustrates how the the LifeCourse™ approach can help maintain quality of life for people in the later stages of heart failure. The 30-minute documentary–the eighth episode in the series–produced by Allina Health and Twin Cities Public Television airs Sunday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. on TPT2.
In this episode, heart disease patients make dramatic lifestyle changes, and researchers discover the benefits of new relationships among patients, families, and providers.
"We believe the ideas behind LifeCourse are catching on, as witnessed by the popularity of Atul Gawande's book 'Being Mortal.' Our society is looking for a better way to experience our final years. With LifeCourse, we are learning how to respond and support patients who are trying to pursue what matters most to them," said Eric Anderson, MD, LifeCourse™ principal investigator.
The Allina Health LifeCourse™ study is testing a whole person approach to care–focused on the mind, body and spirit–for people with dementia, advanced cancer and heart failure.
More than five million Americans are living with heart failure, and almost 50 percent will die within five years of the diagnosis, according to the American Heart Association. Even so, Allina Health researchers have found that heart failure patients tend to be underserved by palliative care. Palliative care has shown to improve patients’ overall health and quality of life.
LifeCourse™ is funded by the Robina Foundation, in partnership with Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Augustana Care and Walker Methodist. To see all episodes of Late Life, visit lifecoursemn.org.