THE JOY AND SADNESS OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON

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 Read more…

Suicide—A Silent Turning Point

 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 diseases, these Read more…

Dealing With Guilt At Being A Long-Distance Caregiver

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 encouragement tailored to those individual needs. Read more…

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

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 Read more…

Undiagnosed Dementia

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 this: Read more…

Don’t let the Hands of Dementia Lie

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 Read more…

Linda Burhans on Daytime

  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 , Read more…

Protecting A Loved One’s Physical Assets

 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 Read more…

The Sunnier Side of Sundowners

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 Read more…

Kindness

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 Read more…

Laughter Pills

by Rosa Carlisle We all wish to live and experience joy.  As a caretaker, it is difficult to feel happy when there is always someone depending upon you. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the duties of care-taking. Doctors tell us if we experience these stressful situations often, the body reacts in much the same Read more…

Napping Benefits Caregivers

If you are a caregiver there is a pretty good possibility you did not get a complete and restful sleep last night. Many times caregivers enter my support groups clearly exhausted and sleep deprived. The importance of carrying for caregivers cannot be minimized. Getting enough sleep is essential to caregivers for physical and mental health. Read more…

Gratitude – The Most Important Tool in Your Spiritual Tool Belt

On this somewhat volatile planet – life is full of daily ups and downs. Economic trends, weather events, political clashes, shortages of goods and services, startling price hikes, shifts in Government regulations, even acts of God and man can and do instantly disrupt our orderly way of life. As caregivers, our daily routines are frequently Read more…

New Beginnings

New Beginnings By: Linda Burhans It was glorious to wake up this morning to the sound of birds chirping. As I walked my dog by the lake we were happy to meet some new baby ducks. It gave me a feeling of new beginnings. I have been stalling on some new projects I want to Read more…

Faith and Cancer

I know when I was on the cancer journey with my mother, faith was a very important part of the process. As I cared for my mother during this very intimate time our faith brought us closer together. Time and time again I have also found this to be true in the support groups that Read more…

Having a Back-up Plan

Hi Folks,  This week’s article is of the most importance, if you don’t have a back-up plan in place as a caregiver, you truly have no plan at all. Having a Back-up Plan It is a well-known fact that accidents happen. Whether they are caused by a natural disaster or human error, it’s imperative for Read more…

Writing Your Personal History

Writing Your Personal History By: Linda Burhans Now that you’ve reached retirement and are enjoying life without the daily grind of going to work, chances are you’re spending more time thinking about your life and all you have experienced.  These thoughts may come in short bursts, or you may find them creeping into your mind Read more…

10 Warning Signs of Dementia

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 Read more…

Reverse Mortgage for Purchase | Part 2 – Scenarios

Reverse Mortgage for Purchase – Scenarios Below are just of few hypothetical scenarios illustrating the power of using a reverse mortgage to purchase a home in different circumstances. These scenarios are only examples, and your circumstances may be different, however a reverse mortgage for purchase could help you achieve your retirement home purchasing objectives. Scenario Read more…

Dementia Awareness Seminole, Florida

Dementia Awareness Seminole, Florida What is Dementia? Dementia is a collective term used to describe the symptoms that individuals with different brain disorders/ damage can have with their memory, language, and thinking. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common/ Known disorder under the Dementia umbrella.   What are some potential signs of Dementia? Memory changes that Read more…

New Beginnings

It was glorious to wake up this morning to the sound of birds chirping. As I walked my dog by the lake we were happy to meet some new baby ducks. It gave me a feeling of new beginnings. I have been stalling on some new projects I want to start. So this morning I Read more…

“Alzheimer’s is Preventable” and Other Myths You Should Know About

An estimated 5.3 million Americans of all ages are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2015, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. 1 in 3 seniors die of Alzheimer’s or dementia. A degenerative brain disease, it is the only cause of death in the top ten that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed down. Not everything is Read more…

Managing Family Dynamics When Caregiving

By: Linda Burhans Be careful not to let family dynamics complicate or become an obstacle to effective family caregiving. Personal family histories and dynamics typically don’t change just because our roles and dependencies change. If you develop strategies, you’ll be able to avoid conflict and unhealthy patterns. This way you will be able to stay Read more…