Alzheimer's Reading Room, a great resource

Posted July 31, 2009
Just read another short post on Bob DeMarco's fabulous blog, the Alzheimer's Reading Room.  This one was about how one of the first signs you might look for when someone has dementia that you might not think of is their feet!  Shuffling the feet could be a sign of early cognitive development.  Having worked in an assisted living community with a wonderful section just for those with dementia, I can attest to the fact that many of the residents did shuffle their feet.  It was if they were walking with out lifting their feet.Anyway, that is just one of the ...
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Cigarettes, whisky and wild, wild women – oh, and a good sense of humor.

Posted July 29, 2009
Just wrote that article about Walter, the oldest MAN in the world. Let me clarify that he is the oldest man, there are 13!! ladies in the world older than him. I just found an article about Henry Allingham who previously was the worlds oldest man at 113.  The quote above is his secret to a very long life.  And jellied eels.  Whatever those are.  Here is a picture of Henry (because was so darn handsome) and the additional information I found at  
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When an elderly relative being cared for at home can't go on vacation, what's a caregiver to do?

Posted July 28, 2009
Respite care!! Many assisted living communities have openings and have space available for short term respites - 1 week or so.  You don't even technically have to GO on vacation, just take a vacation and take care of yourself.  Some of the local area agencies on aging will actually give you information on FREE respites in local nursing homes.  To find your local area on aging, visit and enter in your zip code.USA Today had a great article "Caregivers, too, need time away." which is about some respite options in assisted living, an option many people often do not ...
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"If they don’t send me a stamp, they don’t get a response."

Posted July 27, 2009
  And at .46 a stamp I can relate!! I read these articles about these seniors who are so old, and have so much advice to offer and just the most wonderful quotes ever. This came from Walter Breuning, who at 112 years old is officially the worlds oldest man.  He lives in an assisted living community in Great Falls, Montana.  (What a beautiful state by the way - all that fresh air might have helped!) He is so swamped with requests for interviews, that the assisted living home requests that those who would like to talk with him to ...
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How do I Know That My Elderly Parents Need Help

Posted July 25, 2009
LifeBridge Solutions, a Florida company that provides family transition coaching recently published a blog post asking six questions to determine what help your aging parent needs? The 6 questions they came up with were: What is my parent's physical condition? What is my parent's emotional condition? What is my parent's cognitive level? What financial resources are available to pay for help? What human resources are available to provide help? What input has my parent given on the entire topic? It is a great article and you should check it out by following the link above the questions!  Their site is ...
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Life begins at 80!

Posted July 24, 2009
If there is one thing that everyone in the Senior Living industry agrees on, it is that the industry will undergo an overall change to prepare for the next generation -- the Baby Boomers.Just read an article online by Renato Alesiani is the executive director of Áegis at Shadowridge an assisted living community in California.I found it interesting because he talks about the needs (or demands or wants) of the baby boomer generation is different than those of their parents - the WWII generation.  There will be a higher demand for luxury and hospitality.  Anyone who operates an assisted living ...
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100 Charitable Activities You Can Do With Your Family

Posted July 18, 2009
A reader named Suzane emailed me about a post on her blog called 100 Charitable Activities You Can Do With Your Family.  Since I get emails all the time about volunteering in local nursing homes and assisted living communities I knew I had to share it.  Lots of great suggestions on there.  It also helps us answer the call to action from President and Mrs. Obama to give back!One of my favorite's is the first one because I know they can match up some opportunities with seniors.  Volunteer Match - with over 65,000 participating organizations, this site has many opportunities ...
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I love seniors, especially when they are 104 years old

Posted July 17, 2009
  This is Lucille from Henderson, Nevada who recently turned 104 on June 27th. The Las Vegas Sun wrote and article about her (she deserves it right??) which is how I found out about her.  She attributes her longevity to good nutrition, good genes, and a long, strong marriage.  Her husband passed away 3 years ago at the age of 99.  Soon after that she moved into the assisted living.  Though you can see from her photo she still looks pretty spunky.  And I love that sweater!! My favorite part of the article is when we find out she graduated ...
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Assisted Living Community in Iowa grants wishes to residents

Posted July 16, 2009
Read this story in my local paper, the Chicago Tribune but the original article was in the The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.comAn assisted living community in Iowa called Fieldcrest assisted living decided to go a couple steps further than the traditional "activities" and asked residents what there dreams were.  They sent out questionnaires and 34 were returned.Nine months and hundreds of dollars in donations later, they were able to grant all 34 wishes!!  They set the dining room up like a game show and had each resident "Come On Down!" - as each one came down their wish was granted.  ...
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Social Security benefits for those with early onset Alzheimer's?

Posted July 15, 2009
Got this notice from our local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.what: Younger-Onset Alzheimer's Disease Hearing in Chicago, ILwhen:  Wednesday, July 29, 2009On July 29, a hearing will be held in Chicago to examine the possibility of providing access to Social Security benefits to younger people with Alzheimer’s disease. We are looking for people with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease (diagnosed under age 65) and/or family members to attend. This is an all-day event and an exciting chance to be part of a historic hearing. Attendees will not have a speaking role at the hearing but will have an opportunity to submit written ...
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