Thanksgiving Theft Thwarting Tips
And now, a Thanksgiving message about something of
great importance for all family caregivers...
As part of its 10th Annual Home for the Holidays
campaign, the Eldercare Locator, a public service of the U.S.
Administration on Aging that is administered by the National
Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), is encouraging older
adults, caregivers and their families to use their time together this
holiday season to discuss and get informed about strategies to prevent
Financial exploitation is a threat to the health,
safety, dignity and independence of vulnerable older adults," said
Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging, U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services...read more
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Linking the Past to the Present -
The Benefits of Reminiscing
By Kristine Dwyer, Staff Writer
Uncle Joe recalls the good old days when a
Ford coupe was $500, gasoline cost 19 cents a gallon, a
postage stamp was three cents, and penny candy was a treat.
Grandma Millie tells stories about growing up on the farm and
walking three miles to school every day. Alice fondly
remembers the days of anticipation before boarding the paddle
wheeler for an excursion on the Mississippi River. Everyone
frequently reminisces and reviews life. Itís a natural part of
peopleís lives and is essential to human existence...read more
A Caregiverís Memories:
How to Deal with Moving On
By Patricia St. Clair
It was during that period of time
after the hungry feasters snaked through the line of
platters, bowls and trays of assorted delights, but
prior to the point when the reality of the quantity
eaten exceeds the norm. Just a glance at the dessert
table with enough confections to put even the most
sedentary soul on a sugar high is incentive enough to
linger in hopes that the consumed food would shift
downwards and leave a gap for the addition of a
Soaring Through a Family Meeting
By Jean Wise
Bessí Alzheimerís disease has progressed to
late stage. She lives with her husband, Don, in a small town.
They have four adult children, three of whom live several
hours away and one who lives across the country, who are
anxious and unsure of what to do as their mother continues to
decline. It is time for a family meeting, but where do they
A family meeting to discuss how to best
handle a loved oneís declining health has the potential to
build bridges or create divisions among family members. A
guide, SOAR, offers points for family members to discuss and
items to facilitate decisions...read more
Share your tip, advice, resource or observation.
From Bettye in MS
I understand the
emotional strains from the posts of adult children who are
caregivers of a parent. Mother had a traumatic brain injury three
years ago and has been bedridden since. She needs total care...has
to be turned every two hours to prevent skin breakdowns. She is
not able to communicate in a meaningful way and does not talk at
all. Her care has been seemingly non-stop with chronic bladder
infections, exhaustive attempts to get her care and endless
conversations with the medical community to get her treated. It
helps to hear others are overwhelmed, tired, frustrated, maybe
feeling a little crazy. Sorry we are all going through this. I
also have children at home who need me. I've learned so much on
this journey. Quality hired help is hard to find. Take any sort of
respite you can get. Take help from others if they offer it.
Mostly, I've learned that people, while well-meaning, do not grasp
the realities of my life. Unless you've experienced caregiving, it
is impossible to understand how life changing it can be (in my
opinion, of course). Sending all of you good wishes.
From Sheila in PA
Itís very important to
take care of yourself as well as your spouse.
The best ideas and solutions for taking care of your
loved one often come from other caregivers. Please post your ideas
and insights and we will share them with your fellow caregivers.
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