Aging parent? Send to All – Reply to All

by dale on February 22, 2016

sibling-relationships-caregiving.imgcache.rev1375132804688.web(Many thanks to our guest blogger, Cathy Fairchild, owner of Say Yes to Less and professional organizer extraordinaire!  You may connect with Cathy and learn more about her and her awesome services at www.sayyestoless.guru)

I grew up in a large family – my parents raised five sons and three daughters and I was number six.  My siblings and I have some similarities, but for the most part we are very different.  Some of us are leaders, some are followers.  Three of us moved to different parts of the country and five still live within 10 miles of the home we grew up in.

In 2013, we lost our Mom to lung cancer and thankfully she did not suffer long.  During difficult times, it is SO important that families stay in touch.  This was such a private time for our family and details were not posted on Facebook.  We decided to communicate via email to all eight of us.  When responding, it was always “Reply All.”  This was important in two ways – the information was in writing and could be referred to at any time to avoid misunderstandings and nobody was left “out of the loop.”

As much as we do not want to think about it, or talk about it, at some point our parents’ estate will need to be settled.  I truly believe that the “Send to All/Reply to All” plan will be imperative to ensure that all eight of us, no matter where we live, whether we are a leader or a follower, or what our birth order, will get identical information.

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Best Practices in Person-Centered Care

by dale on October 13, 2015

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ATTENTION: Nurses, social workers, long term care administrators!!!

Michiana Gerontology Institute’s one day conference offers 5.75 Contact hours for Nurses; 5.5 CEU’s for Social Workers and Long Term Care Administrators. Holy Cross College, Notre Dame, Indiana. Thursday, October 22, 2015.

This year’s conference theme, “Best Practices in Person-Centered Care” features Viki Kind ( international speaker, clinical bioethicist and author of “The Caregiver’s Path to Compassionate Decision Making”.)

Additional break-out sessions, breakfast, lunch and a FREE autographed copy of Viki’s book are included.

This will be a great day of learning, sharing and networking across the road from University of Notre Dame.

Limited seats left. To reserve your space today,
register online at http://www.hcc-nd.edu/mgi-conference/.

We hope you can join us!

 

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A Daughter’s Last Words to her Mother

September 7, 2015

My mother’s funeral service was this past Friday, September 5, 2015 at Fairhaven chapel in Maryland.  My brother sang “It is Well with My Soul” in a voice that can only be described as angelic!  I then delivered her eulogy, as follows: “On behalf of my brother and me, thank you for being here today to […]

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Workbook for Older Drivers & Their Families – now available in South Bend, Indiana

August 7, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (July 25, 2015 . Contact:  Matt Gurwell, Founder & CEO, Keeping Us Safe, LLC.  (877) 907-8841 or info@keepingussafe.org) (South Bend, IN) – Do you wonder if the older driver in your family may be experiencing diminishing driving skills as a result of the natural aging process?  Has your parent become lost recently while […]

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Parkinson’s diagnosis? Amazing help & hope!

June 7, 2015

Do you recall the moment of your loved one’s diagnosis of Parkinson’s (or Lewy Body with parkinsonism)?  It is devastating because your loved one is told … you are the best you will ever be.  Your symptoms (the tremors, shuffling gait, balance issues) will only get worse. When my husband received his initial diagnosis at […]

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How to Help Your Aging Parent ‘Retire from Driving’

May 18, 2015

Worried about your aging loved one driving safely?  Don’t know how to broach the issue?  Fearing the conversation?   Then consider  the “Enhanced Self-Assessment Program”, a tool that has been used by thousands of families across the US and Canada.  It helps guide families and older adults through the stressful, emotion-packed and often life-threatening issue of […]

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Geriatrician Dr. Bill Thomas 30 City Tour: Changing the Face of Aging

May 6, 2015

Geriatrician Dr. Bill Thomas asks, “What if nearly everything we think we know about aging is wrong?  Our culture tells us that aging will change us against our will, and for the worse.  What if we decided to change aging and begin to approach life’s most dangerous game with the skill and enthusiasm it requires?” […]

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Think You’ll Never Need Long Term Care? Think Again!

April 29, 2015

Do you know what you really can expect after retirement? 86% of us will use caregiver services 61% of us will use home health services 51% of us will use a nursing home And, the real eye-opener is that only 12% of the projected cost will be covered by Medicare! Take a bit of time […]

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Out of the Ashes: A Two-part Seminar Dealing with Difficult Life-Changes

April 5, 2015

Many thanks to Carol Swope, Stephen Ministry Coordinator at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church (Edwardsburg, MI), for the following guest post about a very special upcoming event as well as their ongoing Stephen Ministry.   Out of the Ashes:  A Two-part Seminar Dealing with Difficult Life-Changes   Tuesday, April 21st and 28th, 6:30 […]

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Pet Loss and Dementia

March 30, 2015

When it comes time to end the life of our beloved pets, it is hard enough when the pet owner is of sound mind.  But imagine having dementia, especially early stage! For more than 3 months, Zeus (our 11 year old Australian Shepherd) had been very ill.  At first it seemed to be bronchitis and […]

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