As we reach the end of another National
Family Caregivers Month, it is kind of fitting that so many
will be celebrating the dual event of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah tomorrow.
(When has any caregiver been asked to do just one thing at a time?)
If you miss this joint celebration, don’t worry. The next time these two
holidays fall on the same date will be in 70,000 years -- plenty of time
to brine your bird.
This holiday season can also be a time to be a loving (but slightly nosey) detective.
If you are traveling to visit your loved ones who may be in need of care, the holidays
afford an ideal time to assess any changes in their health and well-being.
As any good detective knows, the first step is to follow the clues...read more
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Detection of Alzheimer's
By Kristine Dwyer, Staff Writer
Dementia itself is not a disease, but rather a
set of symptoms that accompany specific diseases. Dementia is a general
term for the loss of memory, language and recognition that is severe
enough to interfere with everyday life. Researchers believe dementia may
be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors...read more
Strategies for Special Holidays
By David Lowell, MD
November is National Hospice & Palliative Care Month.
It is estimated that 1.5 to 1.6 million patients in the United States received
hospice or palliative care services in 2012. Anecdotal accounts indicate that
many more who would benefit by this care did not have access to it or had to
wait so long that services were provided only during their final few days of
Tips: Is It Time to Stop Driving?
Some people are able to continue driving
in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, but it requires
ongoing evaluation to ensure safety. Here are some tips from
the Alzheimer’s Association that it may be time to stop driving...read more
From Gloria's daughter
in Point Pleasant
Be consistent. At this time of year, we
tend to put our own lives first. The elderly and the sick
need attention more than ever. Schedule extra time in the
day to cover their emotional needs and perhaps listen to
their reflections of holidays past. This is a great time
to spread peace on Earth and “an ounce of prevention is
worth a pound of cure.”
I went to the assisted living facility
every holiday to visit my mom. I took gifts and many photos,
as well as nibbles for the nursing staff. You must be upbeat
for your sake and your loved one. Then I spend the rest of
the day with caring friends. Also, carry a "throwaway" camera
with you. I took many photos of Mom and/or the staff and gave
them copies, which they liked a lot. Also stay for the holiday
show or party at the facility and join in.
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