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Traveling with Dementia

By at October 16, 2017 | 2:04 pm | 0 Comment

by Gary LeBlanc I am repeatedly asked for advice on whether or not to take loved ones with dementia on vacation. My answer is always consistent, “It’s always better if they are still in the early stages of the disease. If they are “too far” advanced, the problems you will encounter may be very severe. Once they enter the latter stages, the safe haven of their

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The Caregiver “AAA” Dilemma

By at October 10, 2017 | 6:04 pm | 0 Comment

By: Linda Burhans Many times we think we're too selfish and often feel ashamed about it. But the truth is the caregivers get out of the habit of taking care of themselves. Here's how it works; you find the whole thing almost impossibly hard, yet other caregivers do it without complaining or giving up so there must be something wrong with you; and you drive yourself on

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When Moments Matter

By at October 3, 2017 | 6:35 pm | 0 Comment

Quick – what would be the first thing you would grab as you ran out the door under a mandatory evacuation? Chances are, you would grab your precious photo albums to preserve those memories that cannot be replaced. Priceless memories are probably all around your home. Locked away in storage containers in your attic and garage. Photos, slides, video cassettes,

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How To Help Our Elderly Loved One With A Weak Immune System

By at September 18, 2017 | 5:50 pm | 0 Comment

A strong immune system The definition of the immune system is the cells and tissues in the body that make it possible to protect itself against infection. It is a secret behind a good health. A good and healthy system guarantees protection against various foreign bodies such as bacteria, toxins, viruses, cancer cells and infected fluids from other individuals. As our

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9 Tips for Long Distance Caregivers

By at August 2, 2017 | 7:39 pm | 0 Comment

By: Linda Burhans Caregiving responsibilities can occur without warning, so without proper planning, it can create a crisis situation, particularly if you live far away. On the other hand you may not even realize that your loved ones need help. When you call on the phone, mom will not tell you that she fell last week or that dad hasn’t gone to the bathroom in 3

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9 Tips for Long Distance Caregivers

By at August 2, 2017 | 7:39 pm | 0 Comment

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Medical Self-Care: The Seven Rules for Better Health

By at July 17, 2017 | 6:38 pm | 0 Comment

Medical Self-Care: Seven rules for better health, including access to health information, family as health resources, wellness-illness states, health and your belief system, and the human body and its healing powers. The First Law: You are already your own doctor. Research shows that people provide their own illness care between 80 and 98% of the time. (The difference

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Children Have After Effects of Caregiving Too!

By at July 12, 2017 | 6:05 pm | 0 Comment

http://commonsensecaregiving.com Common Sense Caregiving Children Have Aftereffects of Caregiving Too! View this email in your browser Hi Folks, Enjoy this week’s article and feel free to share it where you believe it may help. Also I would like to invite everybody to my On-Line Dementia Care Webinar today, July 7th at 3:00 pm EST. If you would like to

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Paying Attention to Bedsores

By at June 26, 2017 | 7:18 pm | 0 Comment

http://commonsensecaregiving.com Common Sense Caregiving Paying Attention to Bedsores View this email in your browser Hi Folks, Enjoy this week’s article and feel free to share it where you believe it may help. I also want to thank all those that came out to Crystal River Health & Rehab for my dementia care seminar. It was great seeing everybody. Paying

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Tips for Communicating with Your Partner about Your Caregiver Journey

By at June 21, 2017 | 7:32 pm | 0 Comment

By: Becky Moultrie Communicating effectively is one of the most important things that you can do to engage with those around you and ensure that your relationships are as connected, meaningful, and beneficial as possible. In your role as a family caregiver this applies strongly to your elderly parent, but that is not the limit. Effective communication is

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DON’T FORGET YOUR PETS IN YOUR EMERGENCY PLAN

By at June 12, 2017 | 7:09 pm | 0 Comment

DON’T FORGET YOUR PETS IN YOUR EMERGENCY PLAN by Linda Burhans When disaster strikes, we can easily become overwhelmed. Gathering our supplies and getting to safe ground with our family is an all-consuming thought. It’s no surprise that our pets often suffer during this dishevel. We panic, our pets panic, and no one is functioning very well. That’s why it

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Kindness

By at June 5, 2017 | 9:12 am | 0 Comment

By: Linda Burhans Kindness is a simple answer in a sometimes difficult and challenging world. I know that to be true. For a long time now it has been my mission to acknowledge and appreciate all people and to encourage others to do the same. When my granddaughter Skylar,was young and we’d go out, we had a contest called “Who can make the most people

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How Can You Help Your Parent Make the Most of Rehab After Stroke?

By at May 30, 2017 | 10:18 am | 0 Comment

May 12, 2017 Becky Moultrie Caring for an elderly adult after they suffer from a stroke can be extremely challenging. While they can occur extremely quickly and with little to no warning, strokes can have a devastating impact that can linger for the rest of your parent’s life. For some seniors, rehabilitation can be an important first step in the recovery process.

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How To Prepare A Grab-And-Go Emergency Pack

By at May 22, 2017 | 5:58 pm | 1 Comments

Now that hurricane season is officially upon us, having a specific pack stocked and ready to go in case of an emergency or sudden evacuation is valuable advice. Peace of mind comes from knowing you have a pack set up for each member of the household that you can ‘grab and go’ if the times comes to make a hasty departure. Here are some tips for things to remember

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When Our Loved Ones No Longer Recognize Us

By at May 17, 2017 | 5:40 pm | 0 Comment

by Gary LeBlanc Are we truly forgotten when our loved ones with dementia don’t recognize us anymore? The answer is a definitive no! You are still inside their hearts and minds and always will be. Their memory of you just can’t be retrieved at certain points in time. Granted, these moments will become more frequent as their dementia-related diseases progress,

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Taking Care of the Caregiver

By at May 8, 2017 | 10:57 am | 0 Comment

Day in and day out thousands of Caregivers spend endless hours making sure their loved one is well fed and hydrated, receives adequate sleep, and remains as active and happy as possible. However, do Caregivers take the time to assure they enjoy the same basic healthy lifestyle? When discussing the creation of health in your life, it is important to know and remember

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Snowbirds and Dementia

By at April 30, 2017 | 12:19 pm | 0 Comment

Are you familiar with the term “snowbirds?” If not, as a Florida resident let me inform you that this is how we refer to our winter dwellers. In other words, when people spend their summers up north and their winters in our warm Florida climate, they become snowbirds. For our snowbird families that include a person or persons living with dementia, what was

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Either I Focus on My Problems, or I Focus on God. Doing Both is NOT an Option

By at April 24, 2017 | 6:31 pm | 1 Comments

By Carlen Maddux This statement by William Blake, the Romantic poet and artist, is profound in its simplicity: “We become what we behold.” (Jerusalem). What I was beholding was ugly and dreadful—our future. That was when my too young wife Martha and I got word that she may have Alzheimer’s. A mentor of mine put Blake’s statement another way. Canon Jim

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Caregiving Is Rewarding But Stressful

By at April 17, 2017 | 4:33 pm | 0 Comment

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Caregiving Is Rewarding But Stressful

By at April 17, 2017 | 4:33 pm | 0 Comment

By: Linda Burhans If you're a caregiver, you know that taking care of someone who needs your assistance can be very rewarding. Being there for your loved ones when they need you is a core value for many. But being a caregiver can exact a high toll, and caregiver stress is common. Caregiver stress is the emotional and physical strain of caregiving. Individuals who

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“Finding Purpose for your loved one”

By at April 17, 2017 | 4:27 pm | 0 Comment

Linda speaking at the 3rd Annual Caregivers’ Conference “Caregivers Reality - Living with Dementia” Friday, March 31,

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From Grief to Joy When Experiencing Loss

By at April 11, 2017 | 7:41 pm | 0 Comment

By: Linda Burhans For some reason grief always sneaks up on us. But As a senior, you have more opportunities to deal with grief simply because the phenomenon of someone passing away is not that uncommon. Nonetheless, when the passing of a loved one strikes close to home, particularly if it is your spouse or someone you are with every day. It hits like a ton of bricks

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Music in Memory Care

By at April 3, 2017 | 8:08 am | 0 Comment

Both anecdotal evidence and scientific research make it clear: Music plays an important role in memory care. Music can be a bridge that helps Caregivers reach a loved one who is no longer able to communicate with words. You and your loved one can strengthen your social bonds to ease the caregiver relationship many times just by singing old songs. I loved singing

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Dementia and Inappropriate Behavior

By at March 28, 2017 | 2:15 pm | 0 Comment

Recently at one of my support groups I asked if there were any challenging situations the caregivers were dealing with. Suddenly a woman burst into tears. “I don’t know how to say this.” She cried. “But my wonderful loving uncle who has been so kind to me his entire life, has recently been making sexual advances towards me. I am just so embarrassed and I

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Symptoms of UTI – Urinary Tract Infection

By at March 20, 2017 | 2:20 pm | 0 Comment

Urinary tract infections are a common occurence older adults. UTI symptoms can be acute with pain on urination, frequent urination, bladder spasms, abdominal tenderness, fever, chills and pain in the back under the area of the ribs with the kidneys are located. In elderly people, UTIs can also cause other symptoms, such as confusion, hallucinations, agitation,

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How A Little Boy Changed A Elderly Man’s Life

By at March 13, 2017 | 6:15 am | 15 Comments

I want to tell you a story that touches my heart time and time again.  I often speak to youth groups about random acts of kindness. About a year or so ago I spoke to a wonderful group of energetic children. When I finished speaking, one of the teachers pulled me over to the side.   "See that little boy over there Linda?  Michael is a wonderful young man.

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Blooming With Love

By at March 6, 2017 | 5:07 pm | 0 Comment

By: Linda Burhans I was very surprised when I received a call from Sally a couple weeks ago. She is definitely a southern belle with that beautiful southern accent that gives me a good feeling. Sally attended some of my support groups in Florida about three years ago when she was caring for her mom with terminal cancer. After her mom passed away, Sally went back

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Rights of Alzheimer’s Caregivers

By at February 26, 2017 | 8:28 am | 0 Comment

  From: National Caregiving Foundation However, you handle the person under your care, whatever decisions you make, you should bear in mind that you, too, have certain rights as a caregiver. The Right to Get Frustrated If your loved one is sorely trying your patience, simply stop what you are doing, take a deep breath, and do something

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Caregiver Clubhouse – A Support Group for Men

By at February 20, 2017 | 5:18 pm | 0 Comment

After about a year of facilitating various support groups, a gentleman asked me if we could start a group just for men. "In most of the groups that I attend there are only one or two men but many women and us men have some different issues Linda." He said "We could do that." I answered. "Do you think you'll be able to handle us?" he asked. "I will do my

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10 Warning Signs of Dementia

By at February 13, 2017 | 8:12 am | 1 Comments

Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between age-related changes in a loved one and the first signs of Alzheimer's disease, dementia or other forms of memory loss. To help, the Alzheimer's Association created this list of signs to look for: 1.  Memory changes that disrupt daily life 2.  Challenges in planning or solving problems 3.  Difficulty completing

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Dementia Adult Daycare Respite Programs

By at January 19, 2017 | 8:39 am | 1 Comments

Dementia Adult Daycare Respite Programs Caring for someone who’s living with dementia is all about balance. For you, the caregiver, you need to be able to dedicate yourself to all your patient’s needs, while at the same

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The Gift of Self Care

By at January 10, 2017 | 11:55 am | 0 Comment

By Mary Jane Cronin What have you promised yourself this year? To lose weight, to get a better job, to quit smoking? Maybe we should change our outlook and perception of our resolutions. How about we are going to be kinder to people? Maybe that we are going to volunteer for something we believe in. How about we are going to give ourselves some "self-love". When was the

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The Closet of Simplicity

By at December 20, 2016 | 7:15 pm | 0 Comment

I have always said that keeping your loved one in a simple routine is number one in caring for people living with dementia. This applies with regard to a wardrobe as well. Keep it simple, as in loose fitting and easy to put on and take off. Also be sure to limit clothing choices, otherwise he or she will become overwhelmed and easily confused. There will be times when you

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9 Tips for Long Distance Caregivers

By at December 14, 2016 | 8:09 pm | 0 Comment

  Caregiving responsibilities can occur without warning, so without proper planning, it can create a crisis situation, particularly if you live far away. On the other hand you may not even realize that your loved ones need help.  When you call on the phone, mom will not tell you that she fell last week or that dad hasn’t gone to the bathroom in 3 days. 

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THE JOY AND SADNESS OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON

By at December 6, 2016 | 9:55 am | 0 Comment

When you ask someone who is grieving the death of a loved one, “what do you want for Christmas?” the typical answer is “to have my loved one back, have life the way it once was.” Traditions are made from past celebrations including the holidays, birthdays and anniversaries. Continuing those celebrations after your loved one has died can be painful because what

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Exercise Tips for Seniors with Diabetes

By at November 30, 2016 | 7:05 am | 0 Comment

eCareDiary spoke to Dr. Sheri Colberg-Ochs, PhD, FACSM, author and Professor Emerita of Exercise Science from Old Dominion University about diabetes physical activity barriers and guidelines to improve overall

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Coping with Holiday Grief

By at November 25, 2016 | 1:16 pm | 0 Comment

At holiday time, many people are dealing with loss and are often caught in a dilemma between the need to grieve and the pressure to get into the spirit of the season. Holidays or not, it is important for the bereaved to find ways to take care of themselves. The following guidelines may be helpful: 1. Plan ahead as to where and how you will spend your time during the

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Suicide—A Silent Turning Point

By at November 14, 2016 | 9:38 am | 0 Comment

 Nothing devastates a family like the loss of a loved one through suicide. It is such an uncomprehensible tragedy that it leaves everyone speechless, without ever having any real answers. With senior adult couples the rate of Homicide-Suicide increases 50 percent—higher than younger adults. For those who suffer from Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related

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Honoring our Seniors

By at November 2, 2016 | 10:00 am | 0 Comment

A field of 171 flags from the Kiwanis Club honor veterans outside Seminole City

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Dealing With Guilt At Being A Long-Distance Caregiver

By at October 29, 2016 | 1:19 pm | 0 Comment

This entry was posted in Blog Posts, Senior Care in Redington Beach FL and tagged Senior Care in Redington Beach FL on October 27, 2016 by Becky Moultrie, Owner, Assisting Hands St. Pete.  As a family caregiver your responsibility is to understand your aging parent’s needs and challenges, and devise a personalized approach to care, support, and

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What is a Certified Geriatric Care Manager or Aging Life Care Specialist?

By at October 17, 2016 | 2:00 pm | 0 Comment

By: Laura Freed, RN, BS, CCM Navigating through the “healthcare maze” can be confusing, frustrating, even frightening. Having a private Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) can help lead you in the right direction and assist in making the best choices of providers in your community.  Since the field of private Geriatric Care Management is still relatively new, it is

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Undiagnosed Dementia

By at October 11, 2016 | 9:03 am | 0 Comment

Undiagnosed Dementia The number of people with dementia is now estimated to have reached 131.5 million worldwide according to Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI).Unfortunately, there is a problem with this figure. I believe that it is moderately low. This estimate is mostly accumulated from death certificates in most countries. The problem that lies here is

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Becoming a Health Care Surrogate

By at September 27, 2016 | 10:54 am | 0 Comment

Every competent adult has the fundamental right to make self-determined decisions pertaining to his or her own health. This is why having a living will in place ahead of time is essential. A living will is a written document concerning one’s wishes regarding medical treatment in the event he or she is unable to make these decisions. Contained in this legal paper will

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Don’t let the Hands of Dementia Lie

By at September 6, 2016 | 8:29 am | 0 Comment

While caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or a dementia-related disease, always remember this: Idle hands are the devil’s toys, especially in the latter stages of the disease. Redirection through touch is something caregivers need to learn. Place a photo album, playing cards, magazines, in front of them—anything to keep them entertained. Keep their confused

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The Final Chapter | Living better with a terminal diagnosis

By at August 29, 2016 | 10:28 am | 0 Comment

My mother was eighty-three when she was diagnosed with an incurable disease. She was a vital woman, socially active, never sick. She rode her bicycle like most Dutch people do, from home to church to the grocery store and more. She had experienced some trouble with her digestion over the holidays that seemed to be more than the effects of too many Christmas cookies.

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The Final Chapter | Celebrations of Life

By at August 9, 2016 | 3:40 pm | 0 Comment

My family of origin is pretty big. I have five siblings. We are all “coupled up” and between all of us we have thirteen kids, some of which are in long term relationships and having children of their own. At the time of my mother’s death in 2012, our clan involved twenty-six people. For many years, my mother celebrated her birthday by renting a big place on the

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Linda Burhans on Daytime

By at August 3, 2016 | 11:51 am | 1 Comments

  Author, speaker and caregiver advocate, Linda Burhans has a message to share with those who have faced or certainly will face one of life’s most difficult challenges. In her recently published second book, “Connecting Caregivers – Answers To Questions You Didn’t Know You Needed to Ask,” Burhans welcomes readers to find education, encouragement ,

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Protecting A Loved One’s Physical Assets

By at July 25, 2016 | 10:58 am | 0 Comment

 If your loved one or friend suffers or you believe they suffer from Dementia, the most important step you can take to protect their assets is obtain the dementia diagnosis. If exploitation occurs the authorities will investigate and potentially prosecute. Without the diagnosis, police and the elder abuse hot line will usually advise you that the individual still

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The Sunnier Side of Sundowners

By at July 18, 2016 | 1:08 pm | 0 Comment

Sundown syndrome—also known as “sundowning”—is a term describing the onset of heavier confusion and intensified agitation in those living with dementia. Usually this begins anywhere from late afternoon to dusk. However in reality, it could happen at any time throughout the day. Experts believe one of the contributing factors is a shift in the biological clock,

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9 Tips for Long Distance Caregivers

By at July 13, 2016 | 4:24 pm | 2 Comments

Care giving responsibilities can occur without warning, so without proper planning, it can create a crisis situation, particularly if you live far away. On the other hand you may not even realize that your loved ones need help. When you call on the phone, mom will not tell you that she fell last week or that dad hasn’t gone to the bathroom in 3 days. She will not

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