Elder Abuse

I hate when an elderly person is abused, especially by his or her own family member(s).  I’ve seen greedy adult children wanting their remaining parent to die so they can inherit the money rather than giving them loving and healthful care. Recently, a man in his 90s had a brain aneurysm.  Although he lives alone, […]

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Be Creative With Tie Dyeing

So often we wrack our brains to bring out the creative side of our loved ones who have dementia. You’ll want to do something that is relatively quick and easy.  Yet you’ll want the end-product to look fantastic.  Have I got a project for you…tie dyeing. A few weeks ago, an artist friend of mine, […]

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Memory Cafe

It is with pleasure that I’d like to give you a progress report on Memory Café.  It started in July of this year with 4 participants. It then moved up to 12 members.  Now going into November there are 19 members. Memory Café meets once a month on the first Monday of each month, usually […]

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Caregiving and Addictions

The addictions that come because of unresolved problems, unhappiness or stress is a topic we seldom think about and rarely talk about.  My friend Mary Ann was caught up in an addiction because of taking care of two loved ones at one time.  She felt like she had no life, she felt isolated and depressed, […]

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The Power of Prayer

I did not grow up in a religious family.  We believed in God but did not attend church. In adulthood I had the privilege to care for members of my family in their senior years.  Caring for Dad was the longest.  It was six years.  I did not feel God’s presence and there were times […]

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Oh No…Not Hospice

Being in Hospice feels like they’ve lost the battle.  They’d rather be in denial.  This feeling of denial often keeps people from getting the best care possible, when they need it So many of my clients have fought bringing in Hospice for their care. Why?  They are fighters.  most.  Hospice is high-quality care that focuses on […]

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Is It Dementia?

Sometimes it may appear that your loved one has a form of dementia.  However, other problems may be the cause of their dementia-like symptoms. One of my clients went to the hospital with kidney problems due to dehydration. She also had congestive heart failure and suffered from depression.  For months she had not been taking […]

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