ElderCarelink Blog

Critical conversations and family dynamics

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
July 25th, 2011 at 9:16 am

It is helpful when families are on the same wave length regarding their concerns about a loved one. One person may view mom and dad’s actions as normal, while those same actions may raise red flags for others. The more subtle and inconsistent the changes, the longer it can take to recognize the implications of those changes. When family members view and interpret elder behavior differently, conversations about dealing with the elder’s aging and health issues may get postponed or even avoided altogether because it stirs things up too much.

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What is for supper?

by Judy Kirkwood
July 21st, 2011 at 1:40 pm

If you want to pitch in and lighten the load for a caregiver, offer to bring over a meal. Surely, many of you are natural and nurturing cooks. I’m not and it looks like I never will be since I haven’t gotten the knack yet, at age 60. Sis is a good cook, but it was hard to find the time and energy after a full day of work.

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Extreme heat puts elders at risk for illness or death

by Carol Bursack
July 19th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

The current heat wave is affecting nearly the entire country. NPR reported more than a dozen deaths across the Midwest this week, and there’s no end in sight to the heat. The oppressive heat is especially dangerous for elders.

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Alzheimer’s or not, Glen Campbell has what it takes

by Carol Bursack
July 19th, 2011 at 10:38 am

According to an AP report of Glen Campbell’s first performance since the announcement of his Alzheimer’s disease, Campbell is still — well, Glen Campbell. Read more »

Dealing with hearing, vision & memory loss

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
July 15th, 2011 at 10:13 am

Do you find yourself repeating messages? Is mom providing answers to questions that don’t fit the question or situation? Is dad taking longer to read the paper? Have you found yourself considering these interactions and situations as normal? Recognizing the decreasing abilities of elders–whether memory, vision or hearing–during my initial assessments, I often find that families or caregivers have absolutely no idea that dad wasn’t understanding what he read or mom was missing much of the conversation during family conversations.

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