ElderCarelink Blog

Rogue Elder Busted Trying to Run Away From Home

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
October 30th, 2010 at 9:18 am

Okay, I must admit that my mother was not trying to run away from home when she set off my home security alarm in the wee hours of this morning. Did I mention that I was fast asleep when the alarm pierced the still of the night? I was. That’s a minor detail. I’m just my mother’s round-the-clock caregiver. I’m prepared for wee hours care developments.

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Sports Illustrated Special Report Scores Touchdown for Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

by Carol Bursack
October 30th, 2010 at 2:12 am

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. The November 1, 2010 issue of Sports Illustrated takes advantage of this awareness campaign to inform the public about the risks of sport’s related brain injuries that could lead to dementia – especially injuries sustained while playing football.

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Home Safety: Looking at the Bigger Picture

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
October 29th, 2010 at 2:11 am

Once a loved one is showing early signs of poor judgment, decreased orientation to time and place, anxiety and/or confusion, the environment in which they are living may need some adaptions while everyone is trying to figure out the best next step.

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Aging Lessons From Four-Legged Friends

by Sue Lanza
October 28th, 2010 at 2:14 am

As most of you know by now, I run a long-term care facility by day. Even though it is a 24/7 job and I am on call all the time, I seem to be coming home to another, different long-term care facility at my home. And this second facility has definitely gone to the dogs.

We humans age slowly and become aware of every ache and pain as we do. Sometimes we become those people that we swear we will never become–the ones who spend all their time telling you of their latest illness. Our four-legged friends are aging too along with us but amazingly, they just keep on going, despite their aging change.

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If You are a Caregiver to an Elder, You’ll Understand This

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
October 27th, 2010 at 2:26 pm

I recently had a brilliant idea I shared with Mom. I thought her usual sense of whimsy and adventure would kick right in. I was wrong. How could I have been so wrong? I thought that my octogenarian mother would enjoy joining me in checking out the latest and greatest assisted living facilities that seem to be sprouting everywhere?

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