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About Ellen Rand

A journalist for more than 40 years, Ellen Rand is a hospice volunteer and author of “Last Comforts: Notes from the Forefront of Late Life Care.” Inveterate optimist, aging baby boomer and besotted grandmother, she is passionate about sharing news and guidance about finding excellent care for ourselves and our loved ones. You can visit her blog https://lastcomforts.com and follow Ellen on Twitter @EllenRandNJ
Latest Posts | By Ellen Rand
How to Interpret Risks and Benefits When Reading Health Studies
3 months ago

How to Interpret Risks and Benefits When Reading Health Studies

I could probably live to age 120 or so. Or at least I should, if the reports of many, many health studies could be taken at face value. Read More

When it Comes to End of Life Care, Don’t Fall for Magical Thinking!
6 months ago

When it Comes to End of Life Care, Don’t Fall for Magical Thinking!

By  •  Caregiving

You may not think you’re susceptible to magical thinking, but don’t discount the possibility that it will make its presence felt when you least expect it. Read More

3 Ways to Nourish and Care for a Terminally Ill Loved One
8 months ago

3 Ways to Nourish and Care for a Terminally Ill Loved One

By  •  Caregiving

Last year I experienced one of the great, unexpected joys of grand-motherhood. One lunchtime I introduced my then 18-month old grandson to my meatballs. Read More

Now is the Perfect Time to Tell the Story of Your Life
12 months ago

Now is the Perfect Time to Tell the Story of Your Life

By  •  Mindset

When I became a hospice volunteer, I imagined – considering my background as a reporter and writer – that I might be able to help people who wanted to write or record their life stories.

I thought it would help people make sense of the joys and struggles in their lives. Or it would help them leave their stories as a gift for family and friends – particularly for younger generations – so that they would be known and remembered. Read More

When Facing a Serious Illness, Palliative Care Can Ease Pain and Anxiety
1 year ago

When Facing a Serious Illness, Palliative Care Can Ease Pain and Anxiety

By  •  Caregiving

Over the past year, several people I know have been diagnosed with serious illnesses. They’ve undergone equally serious treatments including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. For them and for their loved ones, it was a time for “all hands on deck.”

However, I believe that a number of hands were missing. Read More

Choosing the Right Questions to Ask Your Doctor When Facing a Serious Diagnosis
1 year ago

Choosing the Right Questions to Ask Your Doctor When Facing a Serious Diagnosis

Shortly after my then-85-year-old mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor, my brother and I accompanied her to meetings with several specialists. We were trying to determine what, if any, treatment would make the most sense for her. Read More