Part of who we are is what we see in the mirror. Whether we like our face or not, it is a familiar site. Even if our vision of ourselves is somewhat skewed by mental and social issues, we recognize ourselves. Not so, the advanced Alzheimer’s patient.
I want to highlight a terrific organization for their elder help.The Elderberry Institute is an example of community support through volunteers. They provide Block Nurse and Living At Home programs to help elders stay in their homes longer.
Retire and Thrive, Published by The Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc.(The Fourth Edition was just published in 2006), available through Kaplan Publishing and written by Robert K. Otterbourg, takes an intriguing look at what many people have chosen to do during their “traditional” retirement years.
In the Monday, October 23, 2006 edition of The Wall Street Journal, online at online.wsj.com/public (this is pay), is an interesting story on creating more options for elder care. It’s titled ”Olden Days: Seniors Are Finding They Can Go Home Again.”
A new site, www.ContinuingEducationLinks.com, is an on-line service that connects those offering CE/CEU/CME resources and those looking for them. It’s easy to search, inexpensive to list your courses and a great way to make your offerings visible to large numbers.
People with Alzheimer’s lose their ability to communicate, and learn new things. They are often living back in their teen years. But they haven’t lost the ability to pick up on the body language of those around them. This is something caregivers need to be very aware of.
When my dad was recovering from a back operation he needed someone to stay with him, even though there wasn’t much work that needed to be done.
My dad was a veteran. My uncles were veterans. My brother and nephews are veterans. Still, I never looked to the Veterans Administration for in-home health care. I thought all veteran health care was at the Veteran's Hospital - we have a regional facility in our metro area.
Mike Gamble, Publisher and President of Senior Solutions of America, Inc., has specialized, since 1964, in issues important to seniors. Senior Solutions offers two of the most comprehensive Web sites for seniors and for caregivers that I’ve seen.
Depression, un-diagnosed health problems and auto-immune diseases are all risks for stressed caregivers. They are even more of a risk for isolated caregivers, since they have more trouble "diluting" their stress with human contact outside of their caregiving situation.