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Month: September 2016

Caregiving Monday: Thank a CNA

Caregiving Monday: Thank a CNA

Do you have a loved one in a nursing facility? Take the time to thank a CNA {Certified Nursing Assistant}.  While everyone’s job is important and the facility should work as a team, the CNA’s take on the bulk of the work for a fraction of the cost. I often hear frustrations over how long it takes to answer a call light or about a need.  In my position, I can listen but I do not have the skills to…

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World Alzheimer’s Day

World Alzheimer’s Day

Today is World Alzheimer’s Day. September 21st, is the date chosen by the Alzheimer’s organizations, to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia. According to Alzinfo.org, someone develops Alzheimer’s every 68 seconds. With Alzheimer’s, family members slowly watch their loved one die again and again.  With each stage comes more loss of memory and motor skills. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve witness pain cross an individual’s face because their parent did not remember them. Alzheimer’s disease is…

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3 Everyday Lessons for an Alzheimer’s Caregiver by Kathleen Brown

3 Everyday Lessons for an Alzheimer’s Caregiver by Kathleen Brown

Today, I am thrilled to welcome Kathleen Brown to Caregiving Monday.  She is going to share lessons she has learned from being an Alzheimer’s Caregiver.  This seemed very apropos today, because Wednesday is World Alzheimer’s Day.  Welcome, Kathleen!   3 Everyday Lessons for an Alzheimer’s Caregiver by Kathleen Brown I discovered Mom had Alzheimer’s during a September trip. September. Its flower is the forget-me-not; its gemstone, the sapphire. Sapphires were once associated with clear thinking. As I began caring for…

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Beware of those Taking Advantage of the Elderly

Beware of those Taking Advantage of the Elderly

In the process of moving my grandmother, we came across a couple who at first appeared to be very helpful and considerate.  However, the more time spent together the more we discovered how much they were attempting to take advantage of the situation.  Even when boundaries were set in place they attempted to cross over these boundaries. They were very good at what they had done and we heard enough tales from others to discover this couple had their act…

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