ElderCarelink Blog

Are You Drinking Enough Water?

by Sue Lanza
September 30th, 2010 at 2:12 am

Picture the hottest summer day when all you can think about is drinking liquids to quench your thirst. But in the fall and winter, you don’t have the sun beating down on you to remind you of the importance of staying hydrated. That could easily spell disaster if you aren’t careful.

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Am I Losing My “Granny Nanny”?

by Devlyn Brooks
September 29th, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Grandma’s talents are in demand and I just might have to fight to be at the front of the line for her child care services.

Last year, a longtime friend convinced Mom to join the Foster Grandparent program at our neighborhood elementary school. Three days a week she goes into a kindergarten class and lends a hand to teacher, doing whatever needs to be done, cutting out projects for the kids, tying shoes or even holding the occasional homesick youngster. She had so much fun and became such an integral part of the classroom that the school asked her back again this year. And now even on her off days she goes in at the end of the day to help the teacher make sure “her” kids get picked up by the right person or get on the correct bus.

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Just How Strong Do Caregivers Need to Be, Anyway?

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
September 29th, 2010 at 10:20 am

Beyond a shadow of doubt, caregivers demonstrate strength in caring for others who are chronically ill. Like other individuals, there are other things we could be doing in our lives. If, as some caregivers say, they did not choose caregiving, those caregivers are even stronger than they realize. They’ve not walked away or turned their backs even though caregiving chose them, and not the other way around. Strength is a matter of perspective.

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What’s wrong with that kid?

by Devlyn Brooks
September 29th, 2010 at 10:00 am

“That kid must have been up all night,” my mother muttered over breakfast this morning. “I got up to go to the bathroom and shut off his bedroom light about 4 a.m.”

The tone of judgement in her voice was palpable. My mother was expressing her disagreement with my nephew’s lifestyle yet again. Since he moved in with us a year ago to attend college, his late nights and days spent sleeping have just confounded my mother. She just doesn’t understand why he can’t “live like a normal person.”

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Home Health Care: When Speech Therapy is Needed Part 2

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
September 29th, 2010 at 2:12 am

Sometimes a patient will have a hearing or vision loss, coupled with an old stroke or Parkinson’s disease and now there are memory problems. Sometimes these are people who live alone, perhaps with family not living in the area. A nurse, physical therapist or occupational therapist currently seeing the patient may notice during the course of a few appointments that the person seems to be having some difficulties.

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