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October 2006

Art As a Tool: Self-Image and Alzheimer’s Disease

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.

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Elderberry Institute Helps Elders With Living At Home and Block Nurse Programs

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.

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What Is Retirement? Ask Robert K. Otterbourg and RSVP

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.

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Elder Care Options: Vermont Looks At Alternatives

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.”

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Continuing Education Courses for Healthcare Professionals

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.

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Awareness of Body Language Vital for Caregivers

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.

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