As a home care and hospice focused organization, TCG would like to take time to recognize World Hospice & Palliative Care Day. October 13th is “a unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world,” facilitated by the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Living to the end: palliative care for an aging population.”
To mark World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2012 thousands of people from over 60 countries are coming together at more than 1,000 events to celebrate, support and speak up about hospice and palliative care.
How will you show your support?
- Within the next five years, the number of adults age 65 and over will outnumber children under the age of five.
- Older people often suffer from multiple, chronic debilitating conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, dementia and HIV/AIDS. Many will live and die in pain and distress as they are unable to access the care they need, including the appropriate medications to address their suffering.
- 42% of countries do not have any identified hospice and palliative care services and 80% of people globally lack adequate access to medication for treatment of moderate to severe pain.
For more information on World Hospice & Palliative Care Day visit www.worldday.org.