Tag: caregiving

Why Are the Arts Key to Dementia Care?

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When you receive a serious medical diagnosis, it can feel as though that diagnosis replaces your identity. I am no longer myself — instead, now I am cancer, or heart attack or dementia. But even when we carry a diagnosis, we also continue to live our lives. We are more than our diseases and care… Read more »

How To Create Meaning in Dementia Care

One of the most important things to a caregiver of someone with Alzheimer’s is to know their loved one is happy. However, they are often so overwhelmed by the responsibility of caregiving, that the fun of being together is lost. All engagement tends to be for survival and not for enrichment. This often results in… Read more »

4 Things to Do When Your Parents are Resisting Help

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“Doctor, my mom needs help, but she won’t accept it and she won’t listen.” Sound familiar? It’s a complaint I hear all the time from families worried about older parents and aging relatives. And it’s a very real issue that we must address. For better health and wellbeing in older adults, it’s not enough to… Read more »

Is It Time to Hire a Professional Caregiver?

More than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved one. – National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP; November 2009 If you’re… Read more »

Procative, Not Reactive: Planning for the Future (Part 2)

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This is the second part of a two-part post. Click here for part one.   The next step in the planning process is to make sure all decisions about housing and supportive care are in place. The most important question to ask is:  What is the ultimate goal when implementing a plan? Some seniors are… Read more »

The Birth of LiveWell By Blakeford

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For several years, many of us at Blakeford were asking the question:  What is next? The Blakeford at Green Hills retirement community, now almost 20 years strong, is full of vibrant life and excellent care services. In fact, it has become completely full in the independent living apartments, with a growing demand, evidenced by a healthy… Read more »