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Animal-Assisted Therapy: Elizabeth Loved Oscar

Love is a game that two can play-and both can win. The fact that Elizabeth loved Oscar might not sound like headline material, but for me it is. Elizabeth is my special granddaughter. She was born with mental retardation and life holds many challenges for her. One particularly frustrating challenge has been an absolute terror […]

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Alzheimer’s Is Not Inevitable

Many experts believe we can, if not prevent, delay dementia ~ even if it seems to run in the family. Reducing risk factors like diabetes, obesity, smoking and lack of physical activity just by 25% could prevent approximately 1/2 million cases of Alzheimer’s in the U.S. according to a recent analysis from the University of […]

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Caregivers Evening ~ Had to Share

One of our caregivers’ assignment is a young child. When I called to check in with her one Saturday evening she told me how her evening was going and had both of us laughing so hard we were crying. The evening began with her making a comment about their doggie door and how it made […]

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A Twist to Caregiving ~ Laughter

Alas, where has all our innocence gone? While I sat in the reception area of my doctor’s office, a woman rolled an elderly man in a wheelchair into the room. As she went to the receptionist’s desk, the man sat there, alone and silent. Just as I was thinking I should make small talk with […]

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Texting for Seniors

  Since more and more Seniors are texting and tweeting there appears to be a need for a STC (Senior Texting Code). If you qualify for Senior Discounts this is the code for you. Please pass this on to your children and grandchildren so they can understand your texts. ATD: At The Doctor’s BFF: Best […]

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Taking Care of Spot

  Most of us know that we’re not suppose to give our dogs chocolate but do you know why? There is a chemical called theobromine that dogs can not digest very quickly in chocolate. It can build up in their systems and become toxic. For smaller dogs, eating just one ounce of baking cocoa can […]

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Perception, Stop and Smell the Coffee!

  In Washington , DC , at a Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, this man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After about 3 minutes, a middle-aged man […]

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Thank You For Your Caregiving Advice

  As we prepare to depart the year 2011 and progress into the critical the year 2012, I want to thank all of you for your educational e-mails over the past year. I am totally screwed up now and have little chance of recovery. I no longer open a bathroom door without using a paper […]

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New Sign of Stroke

  There is a new indicator for recognizing a stroke, the Tongue. Remember: STRT S = Ask the individual to SMILE T = Ask the person to TALK, speak a simple sentence coherently (It is sunny out today.) R = As them to RAISE BOTH ARMS. T = Ask the person to STICK OUT THEIR […]

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Caregiving Taken to a Whole New Level

  Ethel was a bit of a demon in her wheelchair, and loved to charge around the nursing home, taking corners on one wheel and getting up to maximum speed on the long corridors. Because the poor woman was one sandwich short of a picnic the other residents tolerated her and some of them actually […]

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