7 TED Talks that will give you new insight into healthcare

The way we care for our sick has changed drastically over the past century, and there is innovation in the healthcare sector every day.

These 7 TED Talks take a look at some of the most interesting innovations and insights gathered about palliative care over the past few years, and will leave you in awe of human reason and compassion.

1. How to meaningfully reconnect with those who have dementia – Anne Basting

A dementia diagnosis can provide a wonderful opportunity to open a shared path to discovery, and to how caregivers can make meaning of a condition usually associated with loss, says Anne Basting.

2. The hidden role informal caregivers play in health care – Scott Williams

Scott Williams shares the crucial role informal caregivers play in the bigger scheme of healthcare and social systems across the globe.

3. A tribute to nurses – Carolyn Jones

Carolyn Jones pays homage to nurses after five years of documenting their work in the United States.

4. Stories from a home for terminally ill children – Kathy Hull

The founder of the first freestanding paediatric palliative care facility in America talks about the beauty and heartbreak of caring for children with terminal illnesses.

5. What we can do to die well – Timothy Ihrig

Palliative care workers will identify with the thoughts Timothy Ihrig shares about caring for patients with life-limiting illness.

6. We need a heroic narrative for death – Amanda Bennett

Facing death needn’t be something that isn’t still brimming with life, argues Amanda Bennett in this touching talk.

7. How I’m preparing to get Alzheimer’s – Alanna Shaikh

Instead of fearing an Alzheimer’s diagnosis later in life after a parent was diagnosed with the disease, Alanna Shaikh is preparing for the possibility in a way that goes against traditional views of terminal illness.