Caution: rant ahead

“SIGH”, she says as she steps up on her soapbox once again. While trying to maintain a positive attitude that people are waking up to the unacceptable state of elder care in our country, yesterday I was so disappointed in our disjointed, fragmented healthcare system. I received a call from a memory care community where… Continue reading Caution: rant ahead

Dear dementia

  Dear dementia, today I add to my list of things that care partners (caregivers + people with dementia) need right now. It has been less than one month since I pressed my first list. Long story short, we need to improve the medical appointment experience for healthcare providers and their patients with dementia. In the spirit of relentlessly… Continue reading Dear dementia

5 things caregivers and their loved ones need right now

Last Friday, mid-morning, I took a client to a department store and to lunch. My client lives in a memory care facility. She has dementia. She also is an 80 year retired English Literature professor, a mom, an aunt, a sister, a friend. She had a career before career women were common. My client likes… Continue reading 5 things caregivers and their loved ones need right now

The weight of guilt

Guilt is a 4-letter word in disguise. It is a bad feeling that can tear us down and leave us in a soggy mess, mired down by the weight of it. Family caregivers wrestle with feelings of guilt frequently. Sometimes guilt is like jet lag from a non-stop cross country flight, depriving us of rest,… Continue reading The weight of guilt

Grateful

This week I completed my internship to fulfill requirements of my geriatric care management coursework. The time I’ve spent with my preceptor and care manager mentors has flown by and I’m grateful for the time and wisdom they have shared with me. I’m most grateful to their clients and family members who agreed to share… Continue reading Grateful

So God made a dog

Alzheimer’s Service Dogs Excerpted from an excellent article about Alzheimer’s. Follow this link to read more about coping with this disease http://www.fadetoblank.org/#/?part=view-from-inside ************************************************************************************************ Mind Readers: Canines are 100 times more sensitive to electromagnetic energy than humans. They can sense subtle changes in brainwaves that forecast Alzheimer’s outbursts. If Rick becomes anxious while out walking with… Continue reading So God made a dog