ElderCarelink Blog

Bright light in my eldercare path and days

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
January 19th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

In spite of the inherent challenges in eldercare and caregiving, I have known, and, heard many caregivers over the years share what some of us may perceive to be the eternal value of being a caregiver to our elders. Some former family caregivers like ElderCareLink.com’s Editor-in-Chief, Carol Bradley Bursack, have proudly cared for a series of elders in their respective families. Carol was a family caregiver to 6 of her elders!

Not unlike Carol Bradley Bursack and so many other caregivers I know and whom I have encountered in my life’s journey, I often focus and continuously re-focus on the blessings of my eldercare experience without overlooking its sometimes harsh reality.

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Memory fitness plan: Create a better balance in your life

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
January 19th, 2011 at 3:12 am

How often do you feel like you are going in a multitude of directions? Day 7 of the memory fitness plan encourages you to take some time to unplug from your to do list and relax. Add to that a slower pace and something that is fun or makes you smile. Are you able to take time off from your regular routine to recharge? Sometimes that is easier said than done.

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Memory fitness plan: Develop effective memory props

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
January 12th, 2011 at 3:11 am

Memory props are essential. You may feel like you are constantly bombarded by information and finding a way to make note of it for future reference is essential. Day 4 of the memory fitness program focuses on what you can do to upgrade your strategies.

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Memory fitness plan: Improve your ability to pay attention

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
January 8th, 2011 at 7:29 am

Paying attention is essential to the recall of information. If the information does not register, how can you expect to retrieve it later? Day 2 of the memory fitness plan emphasizes being in the present moment, not thinking of what just happened or something you need to do next.

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Daily screaming matches in eldercare signal need for professional help

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
January 7th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

A recent episode of Hoarders featured an elderly woman living with many pets, a house filled with piled-high clutter, and, the walker with which the elderly lady ambulated in and around her home. The elderly woman was adept at ambulating by using her walker, clutter or no clutter. I didn’t expect the elderly lady to be a pushover with the psychiatrist, junk removal crew and/or the professional organizer who had showed up to help her after one of her daughter’s called for help. Neither did I expect the older woman to scream every word she had to say – to anyone. I didn’t see the non-stop screaming coming.

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