Jane Donahue remembers the day her husband got lost on a walk. "It terrified me," she said. Fearing he would wander off again, Donahue contacted the Alzheimer's Association office in Macon to see about getting a tracking device. The couple now comes back to the Central Georgia Regional Office on Mulberry Street a few times … Continue reading Macon yoga and dance classes help Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers
* This is the second installment in a series where we will be discussing some realistic ways that Caregivers can cope with the stresses of care-giving. None of us like to think about the worst case scenario if we don't have to. In fact, most of us who are caregivers think that the worst case … Continue reading Caregiver Coping Part 2: Prepare for the Worst
I sat in my office on a crisp, cold day in January listening to “Sally*”, a 70 year old woman who had just been diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s disease over the holiday season. Recently, Sally had some tests done, a couple of scans, and after the results came in her doctor simply said: “You … Continue reading “You have Alzheimer’s…Come back in six months”
Many times people assume that once a diagnosis of dementia has been made, traveling is no longer an option. Or, on the other hand some people assume that even though a diagnosis of dementia has been made, the person diagnosed will continue to want to travel in the same manner that they always have. Neither … Continue reading Traveling with Dementia
The holidays are almost here…is your loved one wearing their MedicAlert + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return jewelry? My name is Kim Franklin and I have been working with the Alzheimer’s Association as our Safety Services Manager for eight years now. During the holiday season, I usually see an increase in wandering incidents. At this time … Continue reading The Most “WANDER-FULL” Time of the Year!
Faithful readers may have noticed there’s been a lot more talk of goodlifery than homesteading lately. There’s a good reason. Two reasons, actually. My Mom and Dad. Both are battling their own long-term illnesses, and I feel fortunate that my sisters and I are able to look after them. While caregiving can be all-consuming, I … Continue reading We Have Now
My father joined the Air Force in 1950 during the Korean War where he trained as an airplane mechanic. After his tour of duty, he returned to his home in Miami and married my mother after only three months of courtship. He worked during the day and attended barber school at night, … Continue reading “A Life Stolen” – One Caregiver’s Story
Some phone calls and emails are important, some can be annoying, and others are just plain illegal. When you are caring for a loved one with dementia - some of these calls can also be dangerous. It is not uncommon for older adults to be frequently solicited by a variety of organizations - some legitimate … Continue reading Limiting Unwanted Calls And Emails
By Michelle W. Koufman, JD, Elder Law Attorney; Certified Elder Mediator Seniors and their families face many different long term care decisions and transitions. These decisions/transitions often cause disagreement, discord and tension among different family members – in many cases – even leading to messy guardianship cases which are very difficult for everyone involved. … Continue reading Elder Mediation: An Alternative to Guardianship
There are many things to consider when thinking about whether or not a loved one needs to move or have in-home care, etc. Most of us want our loved ones to experience the most independence possible for as long as possible - but safely. It can be difficult at times to balance independence and … Continue reading Can a Person with Dementia Live or Stay Alone?