One way Allina Health is helping people make life meaningful when it is finite is through LifeCourse, a program focused on improving care for people late in life. "Late Life" is a documentary series produced by Twin Cities Public Television and co-produced by Allina Health focusing on this stage of life. Many of the issues that patients and families face due to serious illness are highlighted through profiles of Minnesota families.
"Kathy, my care guide, comes to my house—I don't have to go to her. And when she leaves, I always feel better," said Teresa Shelton, a LifeCourse participant. "LifeCourse has made everything easier. Some decisions are so hard, and they help a lot. People that I know want me around, but nobody else has walked in my shoes."
"Late Life: Cancer In Between" premieres Tuesday, March 31 at 10 p.m. on TPT2. The program features four people who have stage IV cancer and are living well within their given diagnoses and abilities.
"Late Life: Cancer in Between" follows Ken Burn's epic documentary on cancer, "The Story of Cancer" on PBS. Additional air dates and times can be found at tpt.org.
"Through LifeCourse, Allina Health is striving to transform care throughout our community. We want to encourage patients and their families to advocate for this kind of care—care that addresses nonmedical needs and matches medical treatment to each person’s unique goals for living," said Eric Anderson, M.D., LifeCourse principal investigator.
To see other episodes of Late Life, visit the LifeCourse website.
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