ElderCarelink Blog

Four ways to help elders keep their balance

by Dorian Martin
October 31st, 2011 at 10:16 am

My 86-year-old father fell again recently. These missteps are worrisome since falls account for 70% of accidental deaths in people age 75 and older, according to the American Family Physician. Therefore, Dad’s experiences may provide important insights that can help other elders avoid falling.

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Elders and wandering into trouble

by Judy Kirkwood
October 25th, 2011 at 9:28 am

My Dad always checked the locks on the doors every night, making sure everyone was safe. That was his job as a husband and father. It became an obsession as his Alzheimer’s progressed. If he could lock the doors, he could unlock them, and one night he let himself outside. It was dark and cold and he was in his pajamas and robe, and so sensitive to cold that we warmed his blankets in the dryer every night at tuck-in.

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On Our Own Terms: A powerful documentary airing October 25th

by Carol Bursack
October 21st, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Bill Moyers, the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist, interviewed dozens of terminally ill patients to create a four-part exploration of end-of-life issues that span thoughts about everything from health care to cultural attitudes.

A press release I received from PBS includes quotes of high praise. The New York Daily News hails it as “ambitious, astoundingly moving, and relevant”, and The Washington Post calls it “an extraordinary achievement.”

After viewing the double DVD release of “On Our Own Terms,” I can say I fully agree.

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Successful aging: from a parent’s perspective – Part 2

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
October 19th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

This post is Part II of Successful Aging: From a Parent’s Perspective

In the previous blog post, we discussed the difficulties some parents have when discussing the issues related to aging, from future wishes to health care directives. If the time has arrived for serious conversations, putting a plan in place can help reduce any friction or distance between elders and their adult children.

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Coping with the compulsive behaviors of Alzheimer’s

by Judy Kirkwood
October 17th, 2011 at 9:00 am

We used to roll our eyes and laugh when my dad would open his wallet and count his money over and over.

I wish I had known that compulsive behavior is a typical manifestation of anxiety for those with Alzheimer’s. Dad knew at some level it was important to have money on hand, but he didn’t remember why. To a man, the wallet symbolizes being a  provider. In fact, many times, Dad would not only count his money but he would ask if we needed money for gas, a typical worry for a father who had raised three daughters. He never wanted us to run out of gas.

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