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Month: January 2015

Caregiving Monday: The Power of Jesus Loves Me

Caregiving Monday: The Power of Jesus Loves Me

Last week, I shared the power of music over Alzheimer’s. When I began performing years ago, I made the decision to end every performance or musical session with Jesus Loves Me. I have discovered this is a song everyone knows.  I have even had Alzheimer patients that did not claim to be a Christian, but was still able to sing every word to Jesus Loves Me. Everyone knows the words to Jesus Loves Me.  This is one of the first…

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Transitional Friday: Dealing with Multiple Life Changes at one time

Transitional Friday: Dealing with Multiple Life Changes at one time

        I’ve been sharing some of my life changes lately. I had several life changes in finding a new job and relocating to a new area. Some lessons I’ve learned are: Embrace the situation It is natural to be nervous, but keep moving forward.  Anything and place that is new is scary, until you have experienced that situation or area. Learning anything new takes time—be patient with yourself. An elephant must be eaten one bite at a…

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Caregiving Monday: The Power of Music on Alzheimers

Caregiving Monday: The Power of Music on Alzheimers

I’ve always believe music is the universal language.  Music can reach through time and cultural barriers to unite the listener. Time and again I have worked with Alzheimer patients that are completely lost to the disease.  Often the patient is unable to speak or move and has to have everything done for him/her. However, I begin to play or sing a hymn or old song and I began to see a spark that wasn’t there before. On many occasions these…

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Transitional Friday: 5 Lessons When Life Changes

Transitional Friday: 5 Lessons When Life Changes

      Life is full of changes, both good and bad.  The one thing that is inevitable is things will not stay the way they are. So how do we deal with these changes? Allow yourself to feel the emotion—whether good or bad go through the process. Find a way towards contentment—I’ve had times when I struggled with contentment and it made me and everyone around me miserable. Find the positive in the change—if the change is a result…

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Caregiving Monday: 2 Reasons to Be Gentle with Senior Adults

Caregiving Monday: 2 Reasons to Be Gentle with Senior Adults

Recently, another family member visited GG and while there assisted her with various tasks, including rolling her hair. After the visit, GG confided that she appreciated all that was done but this family member was very rough.  This person didn’t mean to be rough, but she didn’t realize how rough she was in her actions. Senior adults are very sensitive and needs extra TLC. There are two reasons I can think of for this: Their skin is thin—this is often…

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Transitional Friday: 9 Considerations When Finding a New Home

Transitional Friday: 9 Considerations When Finding a New Home

A friend of mine recently purchased a new home.  This led to a stressful time, longing to make the right decision and find a house that would become a home. Assess your needs in advance Be realistic about what you can afford Is this a starter home or a family home you hope to stay in the rest of your life Do you need room for growth?  Are you planning on expanding your family? Search for the amenities you need…

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