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From The Editor
Rocky Mountain High
I just got off the plane from Denver this morning
and I’m still experiencing a “Rocky Mountain high.” No, not from
the altitude – though experiencing the mile high altitude of Denver is
a bit different than below sea level, where I live. But, I attribute
my windedness to my need for exercise more than anything else.
Denver is quite an outstanding place to visit, but the high I am
experiencing is more about the reason I was in town than anything
I was attending the 37th annual N4A (National
Association of Area Agency on Aging) conference along with the 6th
annual Caregiver Coalition conference at the Colorado Convention
Center. Both events were outstanding due to the level of
speakers (always a pleasure to hear from HHS Assistant Secretary for
Aging Kathy Greenlee) and the quality of events. Thanks to Sandy
Markwood and her staff at N4A as well as Secretary Brian Duke and Gail
Hunt, two of the most dedicated care leaders I’ve met over the past 17
years, for their work promoting caregiver coalitions...read more
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By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer
The second-most common type of infection, a
urinary tract infection (UTI), is responsible for
approximately 8.3 million doctor visits each year, says the
National Center for Health Statistics. A healthy number of
those visits are from seniors and also repeat patients...read more
Laughter is the Best Medicine
By Helen Hunter, ACSW, LSW
When was the last time you had a really
The scientific definition of laughing is a
“successive, rhythmic, spasmodic expiration with open glottis and
vibration of the vocal cords, often accompanied by baring of the
teeth and facial expression”...read more
Assisted Living Communities Checklist
Please use the following checklist to
assist you in comparing assisted living communities. Ideally,
both caregiver and care recipient will be involved in the
selection process. It will make the adjustment to a new
environment easier, and help your loved one continue to be
part of the planning process...read more
Share your tip, advice, resource or observation.
From MJ in Texas
fellow caregivers. I have been caring for my husband since 2007.
He has dementia, stroke and prostate cancer. I stubbornly
refused to get help and thought I could do it on my own at home.
Then I had two falls and had to slow down. My family doctor,
family counselor and orthopedist told me, "It is going to get
harder, so take a respite for you, refresh, regroup and think over
new solutions and choices." I spent 48 hours in a local retreat
house. One family member cared for my husband during the day and
we had a paid worker at night. I called my husband daily and
had left a blackboard with my location, so he knew we were
connected and only a few miles apart. He handled it all well with
such kind, efficient care.
When we went back to our normal
schedules, I asked many people about care referrals and my
daughter offered time, so now I have two afternoons to handle my
own medical visits, monthly Alzheimer’s group and time for myself.
Most importantly, my doctor recommended palliative care/hospice
because my husband wants to remain home and I want to care for
him. We have loving, efficient care as p.c. is really
"comfort care." All of it is now covered by Medicare. We now
have an RN, chaplain, social worker, shower aide and a volunteer
for a few hours weekly. It has been such a blessing and a comfort
to have a new community of caregivers at home. Please consider
this as one other way to be your loved one's caregiver.
will always remember I did the best I could; not perfectly, but
with love and compassion and kind assistance. My husband is 85 and
I am 78, so you see we are in the upper regions of life. Blessings
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