ElderCarelink Blog

Creating meaningful visits for sports enthusiasts

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
May 11th, 2011 at 8:57 am

One of my clients used to be quite the golfer in his youth, but lost his endurance as he struggled with mobility issues. Soon, 18 holes was cut to 9 and–finally–he would ride along in a cart and not play. Eventually he would just play miniature golf with his grandchildren when they visited. Today the grandchildren are grown but they recall those good times and love sharing stories about their golfing accomplishments. His grandson made sure he took pictures of the golf tournaments he played during college and sent them on a regular basis. They never tired of discussing the game and the grandfather really appreciated this expression of thoughtfulness and was not hesitant to offer some tips every now and then.

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Baby boomers are next target of Alzheimer’s disease

by Carol Bursack
May 9th, 2011 at 10:50 am

“Most of America’s baby boomers will spend their retirement years either with Alzheimer’s or caring for someone who has it”Generation Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association recently released a groundbreaking study titled “Generation Alzheimer’s: The Defining Disease of the Baby Boomers.” Readers will be familiar with many concepts contained in this report, but seeing stark statistics and the agonizing human cost of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) gathered into one document has enormous impact. “Generation Alzheimer’s” aims to wake up boomers, telling them unflinchingly what could happen to our society–and to them–if finding a cure for AD is not made a top priority.

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Creating meaningful visits: music can make a difference

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
May 9th, 2011 at 10:38 am

How often do you hear a tune and recall what was going on in your life at the time? Do you find yourself recalling the words and singing along or tapping your foot? As a speech-language pathologist I have used singing as a therapeutic intervention when there are speech problems. With some of my older adults with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias, the familiar music can shift a person’s mood and may increase their participation in an activity.

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Caregivers and elders: major transitions in long-term care

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
May 6th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Some days, visiting my mother in a nursing home proves to be more than I care to handle, emotionally speaking. At such times, I notice that there’s no pep in my step en route to the nursing home. It’s as if my body is going through motions to keep me moving forward to where I’ve chosen to go. I’ve gone from being a full-time, round-the-clock caregiver to being a caregiver in transition. Then again, so is my 86-year old mother experiencing a major life transition.

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Volunteers of America to host 3rd Annual Panel on Aging in America

by Carol Bursack
May 4th, 2011 at 9:00 am

As our nation’s population ages, there is a growing need for an in-depth policy discussion that address the cultural shift that is unfolding with this aging population. On May 10, 2011, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EST, the Volunteers of America will host their third annual panel discussion in Washington, D.C. on the future of care and services for older Americans.

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