a_medical alert 03062017On the day before I was to meet with a dear friend who was declining in health and in need of specific resources, an article came through my email, quite fortuitously.

The article was a detailed review of medical alerts on the market.  It had been a few years since I had done my research, and I knew the market must have changed dramatically.  It has!

So  let me provide you with a high level overview of the research and report that Reviews.com has completed. And, then click on their link (at the end of this post) to read their article in its entirety and find the medical alert that is right for your loved one. [click to continue…]

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Is there any greater treasure than to hear your loved one’s voice after they have passed away?  My dear mother passed away in September, 2015.  Imagine my surprise when Facebook showed me a memory of 7 years ago, a recording of a 30 minute radio interview with my mother!

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Our first selfie!

We get so busy with all the logistics, doctors’ appointments, preparing for family gatherings, and so on.  This post is meant to inspire you to stop and find a way to capture your loved one’s voice before it is too late.

I did it in a unique way.  For several years, I hosted a BlogTalkRadio show.  About a year after my mother made the huge transition of selling her home of 30 years and moving into a CCRC (continuing care retirement community), I invited Mom on my show.  Mom was truly the “poster child” for creating a new life for herself in her senior community in western Maryland.  She often remarked she felt like she had finally gotten to college and was living in a dormitory.  She loved the shared meals, wonderful parties and the many friendships.  My brother and I agree her 7 years at Fairhaven at Integrace were the best years of her life.

In retrospect, as I think back to when this show took place in 2010, Mom was in her prime with her health restored, amazing new friendships and opportunities in one of the warmest and friendliest senior communities I have ever visited.

Below is Mom’s 30 minute radio show from 2010.  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dalec/2010/03/02/what-is-life-really-like-in-a-retirement-community–hear-from-my-mother

Now find a way to capture your loved one’s voice and story before it is too late!

Yesterday is gone.  Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today.  Let us begin.” ~Mother Teresa

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The Face of Lewy Body: Building Your Care Partner Team

January 23, 2017

In my ongoing “Face of Lewy Body” series, I want to talk about a very important concept, building your “care partner team.” It is far too easy to think as a spouse (or primary family caregiver) facing caregiving … “I can do it all” or “I have to do it all”. You know I always […]

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Face of Lewy Body series: Identity and Relationship

January 18, 2017

In my ongoing “Face of Lewy Body” series, I want to talk about two very important concepts to the person with dementia. Identity and relationship. The diagnosis of dementia can literally make a person feel as if they have lost who they are. Sometimes it seems that those around them reinforce that by their reactions […]

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Face of Lewy Body series: Holiday Celebrations

December 28, 2016

In my ongoing series of the “Face of Lewy Body”, this week’s insight is all about holiday celebrations. Someone with dementia may be overwhelmed by all the people, noise, and change in environment during the holidays … things that we take in stride. A little stress for us translates into a lot of stress for them. […]

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Changing Eldercare: Dr. Bill Thomas presents his disruptive vision of aging & dementia care

September 27, 2016

For decades, the only dementia story heard is one of loss and despair. But there is a new dementia story being told: a story of joy and growth. It is a story being told by, and for, people living with dementia. Geriatrician Dr. Bill Thomas is currently barnstorming the country in a rock-n-roll tour bus to […]

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The Power of Community for those with Dementia

September 19, 2016

We have all heard how important socialization is for us as we age.  That is especially true for those with dementia.  But I now believe that we must move beyond socialization to “community.”  My husband (Bill) and I experienced the depth and power of community last week when we traveled back to Annapolis, Maryland to attend […]

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Prescription Cocktails and the Older Driver

August 29, 2016

(Many thanks to our guest author, Matt Gurwell, Founder of Keeping Us Safe, LLC.  August 25, 2016) Tragedy in Denver On July, 13, 2016, on a city street in southeast Denver, 81-year-old Patricia Livingston drove her Audi A4 into two boys out for an afternoon ride on their bicycles, killing 14-year-old Cole Sukle and severely […]

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The Amazing Alternative to Nursing Home Placement

July 29, 2016

If you are a family caregiver of an aging loved one with increasing physical and mental decline, you may be getting close to a tipping point, not sure how much longer you can meet those increasing needs. You may be Overwhelmed by the increasing hands-on care that’s needed Emotionally and physically worn out Your loved […]

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Hospice Care, Individual & Family Choice

May 29, 2016

(Many thanks to our guest blogger, Ellen J. Windham, hospice professional and author of the new book, “Hospice: The Last Responder“.  It is absolutely critical that each of us be informed about our options regarding hospice.  Otherwise, we will unknowingly relinquish control of one of the most important decisions regarding our loved one’s care … […]

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