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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Kidney Disease – Early Detection Can Save Your Life

May 23, 2016

(Many thanks to our guest blogger, Shirley Barchi, avid world traveler, hiker, lover of theatre and reading, passionate volunteer (in theatre, library and reading programs for children, and numerous athletic events)….. and now adovcate for kidney health) According to the National Kidney Foundation, more than 20 million Americans – one in nine adults – have chronic kidney disease […]

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Aging parent? Send to All – Reply to All

February 22, 2016

(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 […]

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Best Practices in Person-Centered Care

October 13, 2015

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, […]

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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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