Who Will Provide for Childless Boomers? by Denise Foley from www.nextavenue.org

July 28, 2015

Many will grow old without family to look after them.

“We chose a place we really like. We walk there – it’s like a park in London,” says Pam Boyer, 68, a retired magazine researcher whose husband is a freelance writer. “We got it taken care of early before it seemed morbid – or too homey,” she adds with a laugh.

‘Elder Orphans’

It wasn’t the only accommodation the Boyers made to the fact that they are childless, a circumstance an estimated one in five boomers find themselves in as they age.

One study predicts that about a quarter of boomers may become “elder orphans.” That’s a newly coined term for people who reach old age with no family or friends left, like the 81-year-old North Carolina man who made the news in May when he called 911 for food because he had no one else to turn to.

Fewer Caregivers

Family members provide about 70 percent of long-term care services, according to a survey by the American College of Financial Services. Not only are more boomers childless, those who do have children have fewer than the previous generation. Trendsetters from the start, the boomers have spawned a new phenomenon: caregiver shortage.

As of 2010, there were more than seven family caregivers for every person 80 and over. By 2030, estimates say, there will only be four and by 2050 there will be fewer than three.

The key thing is choosing someone who will enforce the decisions that you’ve already made.

— Bert Rahl, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging

That raises the question: Who will take care of the childless boomers when they’re old?

Avoiding the Serious Questions

What alarms many experts is that it’s not the boomers who are asking that question.

“I’d say of every four people I meet, three have not made any decisions at all about their health care when they age,” says Bert Rahl, a licensed social worker and director of mental health services at the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging in Cleveland, Ohio.

Understanding the Truth

The Boyers chose to be proactive. What made it easier: In light of their circumstances, they’d given it a lot of thought.

They knew when they married more than 30 years ago that they were never going to have children. Pam Boyer is an only child who cared for her grandmother and both her parents — her father had Parkinson’s disease, her mother, Alzheimer’s — in their later years.

“We’re not a healthy family,” she says ruefully.

And neither of them was squeamish about talking about death — even their own.

Take Charge of Your Life

So not only did the Boyers pre-plan their burial, they downloaded documents from the Internet that allowed them to create an advanced directive (a living will that spells out your wishes for end-of-life care) as well as durable power of attorney (POA) so a trusted friend could handle both health care and financial decisions for them when they couldn’t.

(Unlike an ordinary POA, a durable POA stays in effect if you’re incapacitated. The medical version of the POA is called a durable POA for health care.)

They also bought long-term care insurance to help cover expenses if they develop chronic illnesses that require treatment over a long period of time. Premiums for this kind of insurance are high — they can range, on average, from as low as $1,700 to more than $5,000 a year — but they offer the couple peace of mind that a catastrophic illness won’t bankrupt them.

Preventing Falls

They also did some preventive remodeling. They added grab bars to their bathtub and moved their washer and dryer from the basement to the main floor of their house to reduce their risk of falls. Falling is the No. 1 cause of hospitalization for older adults in the United States and a leading reason those 75 and older wind up in long-term care.

“Making your home fall-resistant is one of the best things you can do. Your injury potential goes way down,” says Louis Tenenbaum, a former carpenter and contractor who founded the Aging in Place Institute. The organization advocates for housing modifications to meet the needs of seniors who want to stay in their own homes as long as possible.

Every step the Boyers have taken to protect themselves in old age is a wise move even if you have children who say they’re ready and willing to be your caregivers, says Dr. Bruce Chernof, President and Chief Executive Officer of California-based SCAN Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the range of health care for seniors.

Finding Strong Supporters

Chernof, who himself is a married boomer with no children, says “family” needs to be defined broadly.

“It’s not just children. We all should be thinking about how we want to live our lives with dignity and independence and we should be building a circle of friends and family around us to help us realize that plan,” Chernof notes.

The key thing is choosing someone who will enforce the decisions you’ve already made, Rahl says. “It’s very important to communicate ahead of time what your wants and wishes are, and choose someone who will honor your wishes, not impose their own personal values,” he adds.

Draft Documents, Get Insurance

Having that “circle of support” isn’t enough without the conversation about what you want done when something happens to you. “Seventy percent of those over 65 are going to need long-term service, including help around the home, dressing, transportation and more,” Chernof says. “Not only should you be talking about what you want, it’s incumbent on you to have tools in place — like durable power of attorney and an advanced directive document and long-term care insurance if you can afford it — to support your circle of support when you hit a speed bump.”

Having those conversations isn’t easy.

Alice Alexander, 57, admits she’s one of those “typical people who have their head in the sand” about growing older.

But she took one step that she knows is in the right direction, though she did it for other reasons: She and her husband of three years recently moved into a co-housing condo community in downtown Durham, N.C. Like the Boyers, they’re childless.

Being There for Each Other

“I wanted to live in a community and with co-housing, community is there when you want it,” says Alexander, Executive Director of the Co-Housing Association. “I wanted one of those neighborhoods where you know your neighbors, where you remember each other’s birthdays and feel comfortable knocking on the door when you need help but you can always close the door. I think together as a group we’ll all find the courage to have the conversation, because we really do need to think about this.”

Alexander’s multigenerational co-housing neighbors — the Durham Central Park Co-Housing Community — haven’t set up a legal covenant spelling out how neighborly they’re going to be. But they have agreed that they want to be there for one another.

The plan was tested during the month of move-in, when one of their single neighbors broke her arm and couldn’t care for herself.

Rather than see her go to rehab, “We scheduled visiting with her, bringing her food, and some people volunteered to help her bathe,” Alexander says.

Revisit the Decisions

While setting plans in place for the potential and the inevitable are a good idea, they’ll sometimes require some tinkering. Over the last couple of years, the Boyers realized that asking a close friend to be their support was probably not the best idea.

“Unfortunately, he’s our age, which is not going to be a practical solution,” Pam says. “We’re going to ask an attorney to take over for us.”

Her advice: “Talk about it while you’re still feeling good and revisit it from time to time. It’s not once and done.”

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We Are Not Caring for Our Family Caregivers by Emily Gurnon for Next Avenue.org

April 28, 2015

Relatives do hard, scary tasks and deserve support, this expert says

by Emily Gurnon Caregiver giving relative medicine

Emily Gurnon is Senior Content Editor covering health for Next Avenue. Follow her on Twitter@EmilyGurnon.

 

Caregiver giving relative medicine

I was fortunate to be able to attend the American Society on Aging’s massive Aging in America 2015 conference in Chicago, Ill. last month. One of the most interesting and well-researched presentations I heard was by Lynn Friss Feinberg, senior strategic policy advisor for the AARP Public Policy Institute.

Feinberg has done policy analysis and applied research on family caregiving and long-term services and supports for more than three decades, according to AARP. The following are excerpts from her talk. She began by discussing how caregiving is different today than it was in the past.

Lynn Friss Feinberg:

There is greater complexity today in the caregiving role. Older people have multiple chronic conditions. Families serve as both care coordinators and service providers. They serve as social workers and nurses, without adequate training — many feeling very scared about their role because they don’t know what they’re supposed to be doing to do it right.

People are discharged quicker and sicker from hospitals today, so nearly one-half of family caregivers of adults are carrying out health-related tasks in the home. This is a huge shift from the old days.

So what are these tasks that are so scary?

Managing complex medication schedules is one. Imagine if you are working at your job, but your grandmother came home from the hospital with prescriptions for 16 different medications that had to be taken. And you can’t afford to hire help in the home, so you have to run home periodically during the day to administer those medications.

There is also bandaging and wound care, tube feedings, managing catheters, giving injections and operating medical equipment in the home. As Susan Reinhardt from AARP Public Policy Institute has said, these are tasks that would make nursing students tremble. It’s really scary, and we are not trained to do that.

More Women Working and Caregiving

There are more women in the workplace, especially older women, and women today define the provider role as not only taking care of their families but also supporting their families economically. Among 55- to 64-year-olds, women’s labor force participation increased from 41 percent in 1980 to 59 percent in 2012 and is projected to reach 67 percent by 2020.

Another difference is the changing composition of families and households. There is more long-distance caregiving. When I grew up, my grandparents lived right down the street from me. My granddaughters live in California, I live in Maryland; things are not the same. There is increasing diversity, delayed marriage and childbirth, high rates of divorce. The divorce rate of the population 50 and older doubled between 1990 and 2010.

Fewer Adult Children to Help

In addition, there are fewer adult children. The percent of those 85 and older with no adult children is projected to increase from 16 percent today to 21 percent by 2040. So even if you have one of those three great daughters that we all wish for, there’s no guarantee that they’re going to be there when you’re in old-old age.

So who will be caring for whom?

On Changing the Language of Caregiving

If I can do anything in my career now, I would like to change our terminology.

We should definitely retire the term “informal caregiver” from our vocabulary in referring to the care of frail older people by family caregivers and friends. Because family members are traditionally not paid for the help they provide to their loved one, they’re sometimes described as informal. In contrast, health care professionals and social service professionals, as well as direct care workers like home care aides, are generally described as formal caregivers because they’re paid for their services and they’ve also received training.

But the jargon of “informal” devalues the complexity of what family caregivers are doing today — suggesting that the tasks the families undertake are casual, relaxed, easygoing and simple.

Now let me ask you: Is there anything simple and easygoing about providing care to a grandparent with Alzheimer’s disease who has escalating needs and more costly care? Anything casual about an adult daughter having to take her father to use the toilet? The term “informal” disrespects family caregivers by creating an impression that the efforts of family members and friends play only a minor role in long term services and supports and health care.

In reality, it is families that do almost all the coordination, and provide that care, too.

America’s Care Gap

The U.S. is facing a care gap. The future looks unlike the past. We are facing rising demand as our population ages and shrinking families to provide supportive services.

No longer do we have what my grandparents and great grandparents have, which was seven, eight, nine siblings in their families to share the care. Although the family has historically been the major provider of care for older people with long-term services and support needs, the number of potential family caregivers has begun to inch downward.

Today, the caregiver support ratio has begun what will be a steep decline. We’re at the apex right now, then it’s going to go drastically down. In 2010, the support ratio was at its highest; there were 7.2 potential family caregivers for every person over the age of 80. But by now, in 2015, it has started the decline to 6.8 potential family caregivers for every person in the high-risk years of 80 and over.

By 2030, in just 15 years, as the boomers transition from family caregivers themselves into old age, the ratio is projected to decline even more sharply to 4 to 1. And by 2050 when all the boomers are in old age and will need help themselves, it will fall to less than 3 to 1.

These are really worrisome statistics, which brings me to my last point.

Facing Caregiving With Urgency

We need to treat family caregiving with new urgency and make it a priority on the national health care and long-term care agenda, in workplaces too. Family caregiving is one of the least appreciated, but most important, issues our country faces as we all age. But family caregiving is typically viewed as a private family issue and the responsibility of women in particular, and largely overlooked in public policy.

With the looming care gap, it’s time to ask this question: Are we asking families and close friends to do too much?

In my view, the debate should focus less on whether family or the public sector should be responsible for providing care and we should focus more on how family caregivers can be better recognized and supported if they choose to be a caregiver to keep them from burning out. And we should ensure that the choice that a family member makes does not have negative consequences for the individual or the family.

The current heavy reliance on family and friends as I’ve just described is just unsustainable in long-term care.

I want to leave with a quote from a colleague, Jonathan Rauch, who wrote an article in The Atlantic magazine called “Letting Go of My Father” in April 2010. He wrote that what we need “is for our nameless problem to be plucked out of the realm of the personal and brought into full public view, where help can find us.”

 

 

Postscript from Kathy Spence of PA HOME CARE of Lancaster:

We have found that most successful plans of care that are established for people in need in their own homes involves a “jigsaw puzzle” of supports.  Some of those supports are comprised of family and friends, we call them the family caregivers.  Some of those supports are a blending of various non-medical and medical personnel, we call them the professional caregivers.  Needs are broken down and tasked out to various members of this support team so that the overall care for the loved one is not too overwhelming for any single individual.  However, as with any plan, foreseeing all of the complexities and details in putting together a workable solution can be, in and of itself, daunting.  We encourage anybody in this situation to not be silent.  Ask for help and guidance.  Identify what is easily and conscientiously handed over to someone else to handle for you.  You may want to continue going along to doctor’s appointments, so maybe someone else can do the laundry.  You may need a medical professional to handle wound care, so maybe a non-medical caregiver can handle bathing and dressing.  “Pick the low hanging fruit” (tasks easily identifiable and assigned in their entirety) and move on to the myriad other caregiving responsibilities that all come together to provide a safe and happy season of life, in your loved one’s own home.  

50th Birthday Surprise?

March 10, 2015

Please watch the short video below; enjoy!

In co-operation with Lancaster General Hospital, we’re please to share this important message.

Why get a colonoscopy?

It could save your life…

by Dr. Dale J. Rosenberg

If you could get a test that could prevent cancer from developing, would you say no? Unfortunately, too many Americans are doing exactly that. By not following recommendations for a colonoscopy, you are missing out on a life-saving opportunity.

Dale J. Rosenberg, MD, is a physician with Regional Gastroenterology Associates of Lancaster, Ltd., specializing in gastrointestinal disorders. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson Medical College and is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology.

Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths, with approximately 140,000 new cases diagnosed in this country every year. Approximately 51,000 people die from the disease annually. A New England Journal of Medicine study indicates colonoscopy could have played a life-saving role in thousands of these deaths.

Colonoscopy saves lives
Experts say the study is the best evidence yet that colonoscopy prevents deaths. Tracking patients for 20 years, the study concluded that colonoscopy cut the death rate from colorectal cancer by 53 percent in people whose physicians removed what are known as adenomatous polyps during the test.

According to federal estimates, however, only 6 in 10 adults are up-to-date in following the screening recommendations. In general, you should start screening for colorectal cancer at age 50—earlier if you have a family history of the disease or signs that you may have a problem.

What is a colonoscopy?
During a colonoscopy, your doctor examines the inside of your intestine by inserting a tube with a tiny camera into your rectum. It’s not the most pleasant of tests. You need to take strong laxatives the day before to clean out your intestine, but during the actual exam, you’ll most likely be sedated so you won’t feel a thing.

If precancerous polyps are spotted, they can be removed immediately. While not every polyp turns into cancer, nearly all colorectal cancers start out as adenomatous polyps.

Before this study, research showed that removing precancerous polyps cut the incidence of colorectal cancer. Now we know that the test saves lives—the most important statistic of any cancer screening. It can also detect at an early stage any cancer that’s present.

Along with cervical and skin cancer, colon cancer is one of the few cancers that a screening test can prevent. But the exam only works if people use it.

Some people are simply embarrassed; others are deterred by the bowel preparation, which is often the toughest part. Cost is another factor if the test is not covered by your insurance plan.

Regardless of whatever misgivings people have about colonoscopy, everyone needs to understand the life-saving potential of this test. And unlike other cancer screenings, you only need a colonoscopy every 10 years if no polyps are detected.

Talk to your doctor about colonoscopy and whether it’s time for you to have this important screening. 

 

You may feel groggy and a bit weak after having this screening done.  Most doctors require you to have someone along to drive for you and help you get safely home and comfortable again.  PA Home Care can help you in successfully maneuvering this important milestone.  Call us today and let’s talk.

Kathy Spence, Co-Owner

PA Home Care of Lancaster

2703 Willow Street Pike, N.

Willow Street, PA   17584

(717) 464-2006

(866) 205-0348

Sesame Honey Chicken (from 12 Tomatoes website)

January 20, 2015

Sesame Honey Chicken

Like Chinese Food but not the MSG and any other additives?

This recipe starts out very healthy, but feel free to make it your own.

Sesame Honey Chicken

Serves 6

Ingredients

Chicken:

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small cubes
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 2/3 cup peanut or vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Sauce:

  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Directions

  1. For the sauce: in a small bowl or glass, combine water and cornstarch to make a slurry and stir until dissolved. Set slurry aside.
  2. Place honey, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, sesame oil and red pepper flakes in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, and bring to a boil.
  3. Slowly stir in cornstarch slurry and reduce heat to a simmer. Mix until cornstarch has cooked out and sauce has thickened, 5-10 minutes, and set aside.
  4. In a large, shallow dish, mix together flour, cumin, chili powder, salt and powder.
  5. Heat oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  6. Set up a bowl with the buttermilk and place next to your workstation.
  7. Piece by piece, dredge chicken cubes in flour, coat fully in buttermilk, drip off excess, and dredge again in flour and spice mixture, pressing firmly to adhere.
  8. When oil is hot enough (when splashing some water into it causes it to sizzle, but it’s not smoking or burning) add chicken cubes and cook for 4-5 minutes, flipping in the middle, or until chicken is an even golden brown and crispy.
  9. Use a slotted spoon to transfer chicken to a paper towel-lined plate.
  10. Move all chicken pieces to a large bowl and pour honey sauce over the top. Toss to coat thoroughly and add sesame seeds.
  11. Toss again and serve immediately over rice or noodles

Go Red for Women – Wear Red Day, Friday February 6th

January 15, 2015

http://www.goredforwomen.org/wearredday/

 

 

 

 

More from the National Institute of Health

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/hdw

How Does Heart Disease Affect Women?

In the United States, 1 in 4 women dies from heart disease. In fact, coronary heart disease (CHD)—the most common type of heart disease—is the #1 killer of both men and women in the United States.

Other types of heart disease, such as coronary microvascular disease (MVD) and broken heart syndrome, also pose a risk for women. These disorders, which mainly affect women, are not as well understood as CHD. However, research is ongoing to learn more about coronary MVD and broken heart syndrome.

This article focuses on CHD and its complications. However, it also includes general information about coronary MVD and broken heart syndrome.

Coronary Heart Disease

CHD is a disease in which plaque (plak) builds up on the inner walls of your coronary arteries. These arteries carry oxygen-rich blood to your heart. When plaque builds up in the arteries, the condition is called atherosclerosis (ath-er-o-skler-O-sis).

Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances found in the blood. Over time, plaque can harden or rupture (break open).

Hardened plaque narrows the coronary arteries and reduces the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the heart. This can cause chest pain or discomfort called angina (an-JI-nuh or AN-juh-nuh).

If the plaque ruptures, a blood clot can form on its surface. A large blood clot can mostly or completely block blood flow through a coronary artery. This is the most common cause of a heart attack. Over time, ruptured plaque also hardens and narrows the coronary arteries.

Heart With Muscle Damage and a Blocked Artery

The picture shows the standard setup for an EKG. In figure A, a heart rhythm recording shows the electrical pattern of a normal heartbeat. In figure B, a patient lies in a bed with EKG electrodes attached to his chest, upper arms, and legs. A nurse oversees the painless procedure.

Figure A is an overview of a heart and coronary artery showing damage (dead heart muscle) caused by a heart attack. Figure B is a cross-section of the coronary artery with plaque buildup and a blood clot resulting from plaque rupture.

Plaque also can develop within the walls of the coronary arteries. Tests that show the insides of the coronary arteries may look normal in people who have this pattern of plaque. Studies are under way to see whether this type of plaque buildup occurs more often in women than in men and why.

In addition to angina and heart attack, CHD can cause other serious heart problems. The disease may lead to heart failure, irregular heartbeats called arrhythmias (ah-RITH-me-ahs), and sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

Coronary Microvascular Disease

Coronary MVD is heart disease that affects the heart’s tiny arteries. This disease is also called cardiac syndrome X or nonobstructive CHD. In coronary MVD, the walls of the heart’s tiny arteries are damaged or diseased.

Coronary Microvascular Disease

The illustration shows the standard setup for an EKG. In figure A, a normal heart rhythm recording shows the electrical pattern of a regular heartbeat. In figure B, a patient lies in a bed with EKG electrodes attached to his chest, upper arms, and legs. A nurse monitors the painless procedure.

Figure A shows the small coronary artery network (microvasculature), containing a normal artery and an artery with coronary MVD. Figure B shows a large coronary artery with plaque buildup.

Women are more likely than men to have coronary MVD. Many researchers think that a drop in estrogen levels during menopause combined with other heart disease risk factors causes coronary MVD.

Although death rates from heart disease have dropped in the last 30 years, they haven’t dropped as much in women as in men. This may be the result of coronary MVD.

Standard tests for CHD are not designed to detect coronary MVD. Thus, test results for women who have coronary MVD may show that they are at low risk for heart disease.

Research is ongoing to learn more about coronary MVD and its causes.

Broken Heart Syndrome

Women are also more likely than men to have a condition called broken heart syndrome. In this recently recognized heart problem, extreme emotional stress can lead to severe (but often short-term) heart muscle failure.

Broken heart syndrome is also called stress-induced cardiomyopathy (KAR-de-o-mi-OP-ah-thee) or takotsubo cardiomyopathy.

Doctors may misdiagnose broken heart syndrome as a heart attack because it has similar symptoms and test results. However, there’s no evidence of blocked heart arteries in broken heart syndrome, and most people have a full and quick recovery.

Researchers are just starting to explore what causes this disorder and how to diagnose and treat it. Often, patients who have broken heart syndrome have previously been healthy.

Outlook

Women tend to have CHD about 10 years later than men. However, CHD remains the #1 killer of women in the United States.

The good news is that you can control many CHD risk factors. CHD risk factors are conditions or habits that raise your risk for CHD and heart attack. These risk factors also can increase the chance that existing CHD will worsen.

Lifestyle changes, medicines, and medical or surgical procedures can help women lower their risk for CHD. Thus, early and ongoing CHD prevention is important.

More information about heart disease in women is available through the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s The Heart Truth® campaign.

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®The Heart Truth is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 

Arguing Both Sides by Lon Kieffer, Defender Of Caregivers aka DOC

October 22, 2014

To paraphrase Jeff Foxworthy,

You might be a caregiver if…

anything in this video snippet resonates with you.

If this rings true to your ears,

call us, we can recommend resources,

and if you need us, we can help.

Kathy Spence, Co-Owner

PA HOME CARE of Lancaster

2703 Willow Street Pike, N.

Willow Street, PA 17584

(717) 464-2006

(866) 205-0348

PAHC@PA-HomeCare.com

 

Glen Campbell’s “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”

October 17, 2014

Glen Campbell arrives at the 2012 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 6, 2012, in Nashville, Tennessee. RICK DIAMOND/GETTY IMAGES FOR CMT

 

For years Glen Campbell and his family have been bravely, very public, about the onset of dementia in Glen.  This talented and prolific country music artist has released what they are calling his final song and music video.

 

In his own poignant words, when he sings “You’re the last person I will love” and later, “Best of all, I’m not gonna miss you”, he redefines the heartbreak of Alzheimers and other dementias from the perspective of the person that’s so well known and loved; who is physically here, yet actually gone.

 

Glen is now living in a twenty-four hour per day, long-term care facility but has chosen to share his lucid interpretation of his own “long goodbye”.  Sources have stated that this is the last recording the original “Rhinestone Cowboy” will publicly release.

 

Listen, learn, love…..life is fleeting.

 

Meredith Vieira and special guests talk about Alzheimers

September 29, 2014

Meredith Vieira raises awareness during new talk show

On Sept. 9, Alzheimer’s Association celebrity champion Meredith Vieira dedicated a portion of “The Meredith Vieira Show” to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. Actors Lauren Miller Rogen and Seth Rogen appeared as guests, sharing their personal experience with Alzheimer’s and how they are taking action in the fight. The emotional segment concluded with a special surprise for Vieira – and the Alzheimer’s Association! Watch and learn more

http://blog.alz.org/alzheimers-awareness-comes-to-the-meredith-vieira-show/?utm_source=DM&utm_medium=emai&utm_campaign=womens-newsletter

 

 

Support Group Meeting

April 24, 2014

AlzheimersLogo

Hello Everyone!

 

Coming up on Wednesday May 7. 2014 we will be hosting our next Alzheimer’s/Dementia Community Education and Support Group at the Willow Valley Medical Center, West Entrance.  We meet from 7 – 8:30 PM in the Community Room.

 

In May we will be finishing our discussion about the Gems of Caregiving, focusing on the last two Gems/stages of Dementia.  We will also be showing a 20 minute DVD on Alzheimer’s that is from a patient’s perspective.

 

All are invited to attend this free education and support group!  A joint effort of PA Home Care of Lancaster and The PA Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association.

 

The next group will be held on Wednesday June 4, 2014, same place and time.  Topic will be Dementia and Change – how to help assist with life transition and grieve the losses along the way.

 

 

“Aging isn’t an illness, but a way of Life”

April 24, 2014

“Time flies they say, but its us that fly.  Time sits on its hands as we rush by.”

Click below for a short, inspiring video from AgeUK

http://youtu.be/-EXdLhEyUHw

 

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