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Allina Health and TPT continue to explore re-imagining late life care for Minnesotans

MINNEAPOLIS 09/11/2015

"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.

Heart and SoulIn 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.

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Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 12 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, home oxygen and medical equipment and emergency medical transportation services

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