The official start to the summer season begins next
weekend with remembrances, marches and, hopefully, your fill of barbeque.
For many of us, summer just marks a hotter season of caregiving for our
loved ones than fall or winter. It can also mark a time when families
travel to visit one another. This might be the first time that some
family members will see marked changes in your loved one’s physical
appearance or mental acuity.
When my Dad became ill and his strength waned to
the point he could no longer easily play with his four year old
granddaughter, his greatest concern was that she would only remember him
as a frail and infirmed man and not as the active and fun grandpa she
had known during the first three years of her life
Why Do People
With Alzheimer’s Wander?
By Frena Gray-Davidson
Don't think Alzheimer's experts know any
more than you about Alzheimer's behaviors. They don't. So, your
guess is as good as theirs. And, speaking as a longtime Alzheimer's
dementia caregiver, frankly I think caregiver guesses are better
than most other people's. So there! In my workshops, I always
encourage family caregivers to guess. If the first guess seems to
be wrong, guess again
By Arthur N. Gottlieb, LCSW, CSA
She was “Midwest born” and raised, and never felt
quite at home in this upscale town, saturated with sleek German cars and
Botox. For her, sturdy self-reliance and honesty were the criteria for
all matters and, as always, enduring faith would guide her through
whatever daunting challenges lay ahead
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Six Questions You Should Ask
Before Choosing a Nursing Home
“Use your nose.”
That used to be standard advice given to people
searching for prospective nursing homes for themselves or their loved
The sentiment behind the advice was to prompt
people to use their olfactory sense to determine whether a facility was
clean, practiced proper hygiene, etc., explained James Ellor, Ph.D.,
professor in Baylor University’s School of Social Work and gerontology
But now – during a time when nursing facilities and
hospitals pay extra for specially designed, odor-neutralizing waxes and
paint – people need to be aware of more subtle clues to help them find
the best facility
By Willie Fields, Jr.
They raised us and taught the way.
Now so many fade into a hazy day.
Memories of days gone pass.
Fighting the pain which forever lasts.
Many ignore their fading, sunset days.
To many their life, they gave.
Full of history one could say.
Even though they're older and grey.
The road they paved
enduring endless tasks.
No one could have given so much,
The question to you and I.
Will we hold these in high esteem?
High above the midnight glow.
High towards heaven gleam.
They have dignity, don't you know!
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