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October 2007

Ethnic Elder Care a Growing Movement

Our elders come from many ethnic backgrounds. I'm not convinced it's easier for one culture than another to make a decision to "put them in a home." For most of us, it's wretching, confusing and anxiety provoking to make a decision that we need outside help to care for our elders. However, with people living longer, often with disabling conditions from strokes or dementia, we often have no choice but to get help. I address the progress the elder care industry is making with cultural differences in this post on my Our Alzheimer's blog:

How Elder Care is Recognizing Ethnic Backgrounds

Touching Gift for a Caregiver

A business called Heavenly Ribbons sent me some lovely samples of their work. I was touched by the caregiver's poem on the ribbon meant for a caregiver. If I were presented with such a ribbon, I would, of course, use  it as a bookmark. I can see a faith based group buying these as gifts, in a caregiver support environment. These would make nice reminders for caregivers to take care of themselves.

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Caregiver's Beacon Worth Your Time

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. - Aesop, Greek fabulist

I love a good quote, and Caregiver's Beacon sports a great one! This site is packed with information. It's a west coast site, but don't let that stop you from wandering around. I'm here on the high plains, and I found plenty on this site to interest me. These good people are out there to help.

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Gilbert Guide Goes Free

In September, Gilbert Guide, a top national resource for long-term care information, went from being a primarily paid resource for caregivers to a free resource.Gilbert Guide has a vast array of information (I've used them as a featured business in my ezine). They don't evaluate facilities in my area, but the Guide is so full of good information, that even its free offereings have been very worthy of a visit. Now, with more upfront free information, I truly encourage you to give them a vist.

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Coping With the Alternate Realities of Dementia Patients: Part II

Here's part two, continued from Tuesday's post below, with author and dementia patient Richard Taylor's touching viewpoint:

I'd like to revisit my post titled "Coping With the Alternate Realities of Dementia Patients," because I received an intense comment from Richard Taylor, author of the exceptional book "Alzheimer's From the Inside Out."

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Coping with the Alternate Realities of Dementia Patients

I've avoided spotlighting these two posts that I wrote for my Our Alzheimer's blog, as I refer to Dorian Martin, without explaining who she is. People who read that blog already know, so it wasn't necessary.The response to these posts has convinced me that I need to offer them here. I'll just add that the Dorian Martin I refer to is a fellow blogger on Our Alzheimer's. Her mother had Alzheimer's and she has some excellent posts on the subject. One of her posts triggered this first post.

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Caregiving Jobs Linked to Depression

A tip from a friend, Expecting Executive, led me to The Huffington Post article which refers to a report showing care workers have the highest rate of depression (of all occupations studied). I'm not all that surprised. One reason is poor pay for very hard work. Another is lack of respect in our society for those who do "service" oriented work, particularly those who do the hands on work such as Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) - the very people you want to be "the best" when it comes to daily care of your loved one.

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Boomers and Elders: Memory Tips for Aging Brains

Online Education Data Base offers up a "Memory Toolbox" that is not just for those with dementia or other pathological problems. Most of us have memory slips, and the article, "The Memory Toolbox: 75 Tips and Resources to Go from Amnesic to Elephantic" gives us lots of ideas to try, if we want to improve.

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