ElderCarelink Blog

New York Times blog post spotlights hands-on care program

by Carol Bursack
February 26th, 2011 at 3:07 am

Regular readers are aware that I spent close to two decades providing varying amounts of care to beloved elders, often including paid help when needed. Five of my elders spent significant time in a local nursing home.

This home was ahead of its time in providing hands-on care rather than medications, whenever possible, even though at the time there was less evidence than there is now that too many medications can lead to significant decline in abilities of elders. It’s now known that over-medicating can even cause dementia symptoms in elders who are otherwise cognitively fine.

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Home health aides creating meaningful visits

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
February 25th, 2011 at 5:38 am

Many families have hired private caregivers to assist with the care of a loved one. Many of these caregivers create interesting activities while others appreciate some suggestions and input.

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When A Loved One Isn’t So

by Sue Lanza
February 25th, 2011 at 3:06 am

A few years ago, I was corresponding with a dementia specialist in the United Kingdom about an article I was writing for the Journal of Dementia Care (by the way, it is a terrific journal with practical ideas). We each thought the other had funny ways of saying things but over time, she helped me edit my article for the British audience I was addressing.

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Conversation starters for meaningful visits

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
February 23rd, 2011 at 3:30 am

Families often share that sometimes they go to visit an older adult and soon the conversation goes back to the same topics. With hearing, vision and memory or speech problems, that can mean it is time to bring in some new ways to start a conversation.

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‘Over 90 and Loving It’ glorious look at aging well

by Carol Bursack
February 22nd, 2011 at 4:43 am

Much of what we read in the news is about how to care for our aging elders, many of whom are living their last years sadly diminished.

However, there are remarkable exceptions. Our culture tends to ignore the fact that many people do age well and remain productive citizens until the end. A PBS documentary that will air early March, titled “Over 90 and Loving it,” shows people living lives of a quality that flies in the face of the stereotype.

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