Choices ~ Healing ~ Love
July 4th is here and my wishes go out to you and your family for a peaceful, loving day. I have been visiting friends in Connecticut. They live out in the woods with a swimming pool and lots of beautiful scenery. It has been ideal weather.. all the humidity has disappeared these five days and it has been a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with nature. To breathe in harmony with nature and the Universe.
These past few weeks, there have been several programs focused on the needs of the aging and caregivers both in the New York City area and Capitol area.This years White House Conference On Aging is a very important one and many programs are taking place statewide and locally as well as nationally. The conference takes place once in a decade. It is an opportunity to have our voices heard.. to make an impact on the President and Congress on the growing needs of caregivers and other areas of aging. This year's conference will probably be one of the most important as the baby boomers move towards retirement. Faced with policies and issues for social security, for health care needs, long term care, transportation, housing and much more, if you have an opportunity to participate or write letters, I encourage you to do so. To learn more about the areas that are being addressed and events please go to: WHCOA
The summer is going to be long and hot in many places so don't forget to hydrate yourselves and those you are caring for. I am still hearing from too many caregivers how they have neglected their own health and are having difficulty with surgeries and treatments and their healing process. It is so easy to get caught up in the caring and feel as if you cannot create some time for yourself. It's very difficult for caregivers to admit when they need help and to reach out is even harder. We want our loved ones to reach out but we, ourselves don't. So be kind to yoursel... go the extra step for you!
May your journey be gentle and beautiful!
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Dementia Symptoms in Aging Parents by Bill Grote
Another Frustration For The Tired Family Caregiver: Hoarding by
This article relates a family scenario in which hoarding has become a problem. It gives probable reasons for this characteristic of dementia victims. The article concludes with ten tips for family caregivers. Article
Two long time members of the Empowering Caregivers have lost loved ones. We just learned Karen Evans lost her mother in February. Karen's mom was placed into hospice several years ago but just held on for such a very long time. Karen's spotlight can be seen here at the site. Karen became quite ill while caring 24/7 for her mother and we almost lost Karen. Fortunately she pulled through her goodpasture's disease and kidney problems, but she is still being monitored and tested regularly...
Dan Hanley whom I have known since the inception of Empowering Caregivers recently said goodbye to his dear loving wife, Doe after almost 20 years of caring for her 24/7 with MS. Dan's spotlight resides in our archives as well. His story of his life for his wife still gives me goosebumps for their's was truly a very special love..As Dan told me," I grieved daily for the daily losses and now she is free...probably teaching God up there how to ballroom dance." There is almost a relief in his voice.
Karen and Dan.. you both are in our thoughts and loving prayers. May your healings continue to be gentle and nurturing.
Janet aka jmw0913 has been caregiving both her parents. Her dad passed one month ago and the biggest challenge yet to come is redefining her role of caregiving with her mother. Our thoughts and prayers are also with you Janet as you continue to heal through this difficult time.
Breast Cancer Husband:
This was the question posed to eight breast cancer couples in a focus group at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. The women graded their husbands on their caregiving performance during the months of diagnosis and treatment. The husbands graded themselves as well. To a man, the guys gave themselves lower grades than did their wives, who praised their husbands for their wonderful support. The men were genuinely surprised by the high marks.
Reprinted from: Breast Cancer Husband: How to Help Your Wife (and Yourself) Through Diagnosis, Treatment, and Beyond by Marc Silver © 2004 by Marc Silver. (October 2004; $14.95US/20.95CAN; 1-57954-833-4) Permission granted by Rodale, Inc., Emmaus, PA 18098. Available wherever books are sold or directly from thMarc Silver is an editor at U.S. News & World Report, where he has been a longtime contributor to the News You Can Use section. His wife, Marsha, was diagnosed with breast cancer 3 years ago: after undergoing surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments, she is in good health. They are the parents of two daughters, ages 18 and 16. Web Site: www.writtenvoices.com
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American Health Assistance Foundation:
Alzheimer's Family Relief Program
The American Health Assistance Foundation (AHAF) is dedicated to funding research on age-related and degenerative diseases, educating the public about these diseases, and providing emergency financial assistance to Alzheimer's disease patients and their caregivers.
Secretary of Health and Human Services, Mike Leavitt and CMS Administrator, Dr. Mark McClellan, along with the Access to Benefits Coalition including the Alzheimers Association, Easter Seals, National Alliance for Hispanic Health, and AARP launched a major outreach effort to ensure that low income Medicare beneficiaries are informed of the availability of a subsidy to provide them with extra assistance in obtaining drugs under the Part D Prescription Drug Benefit.
Alzheimer’s’ Foundation of America and MedicAlert®.
A new service available for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias through a strategic alliance between the Alzheimer’s’ Foundation of America and MedicAlert®.
The Dementia Identification Bracelet features an emblem which is teal-the internationally recognized color of Alzheimer's disease. In an emergency, the emblem alerts medical professionals or first responders to call MedicAlert’s® 24 hour hotline to access electronic health records containing vital medical and contact information for each wearer.
Caregivers can easily obtain and update personal information in the system, including medication dosages, allergies, implanted devices, physician and family contacts, insurance information, organ donation specification and advance directives.
MedicAlert® membership includes an identification bracelet, access to the 24-hour emergency response center, family notification services, and the ability for caregivers to review and update a member's health record. The cost is $35 per year and $20 each year thereafter.
A special promotional code of 1242 grants enrollees a $5 discount off the first year of membership when selecting the teal emblem.
Visit www.medicalert.org or call 1.800.ID.ALERT (1.800.432.5378)
Virginia's Caregivers' Grant Program has been extended by their governonr. It provides a $500 grant to individuals who care for a physically or mentally impaired relative who r3equires help with two or more ADL's (activities of daily living) for more than six months per year. More info:
AirLifeLine is a national nonprofit charitable organization of over 1,500 private pilots who fly patients who cannot afford the cost of air travel to medical facilities for diagnosis and treatment. Participating pilots donate their time, aircraft and fuel to make this air transportation service totally free of charge for patients who qualify. AirLifeLine pilots also offer free flights for other humanitarian reasons, including disaster relief efforts. For more information about AirLifeLine, call toll-free 877-247-5433, or visit AirLifeLine.
National Health Observances
UV Safety Month
You are always a valuable, worthwhile human being, not because anybody says so, not because you're successful, not because you make a lot of money, but because you decide to believe it and for no other reason.
Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.
Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.
Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no ones definition of your life; define yourself.
No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. We cannot open the gate of another, either by argument or emotional appeal.
Lord, where we are wrong, make us willing to change; where we are right, make us easy to live with.
In organizations, real power and energy is generated through relationships. The patterns of relationships and the capacities to form them are more important than tasks, functions, roles, and positions.
See My Hand?
Please reach out to me.
We all need to reach our hands out to one another.
We just need to reach out and give the strength and faith that
All my love, peace and blessings,
Just new and looking for others in my shoes or similar. Hoping to met any others dealing with cancer( terminal ) and share and get support phil s-r
Hello everyone. I don't know if there is anyone in the same situation as me. I am 24 years old, been out of college for a year and am currently taking care of my grandmother. She is in good physical condition, except for needing a walker because her legs go numb, but her memory is beginning to fail her. She is very forgetful and increasingly stubborn. From reading a few posts, I know I don’t have it as bad as some people. I am just new to this and don't know what to do.
A little woman called Mount Sinai Hospital. The receptionist answered, "Mount Sinai Hospital."
"Hello. Darling, I'd like to talk with the person who gives the information about the patients. But I don't want to know if the patient is better or doing like expected, or worse, I want all the information from top to bottom, from A to Z."
The voice on the other end of the line said, "Would you hold the line, please, that's a very unusual request."
A very authoritative voice came on and said, " Are you the lady who is calling about one of the patients?"
She said, "Yes, darling! I'd like to know the information about Sarah Finkel, in Room 302."
He said, "Finkel. Finkel. Let me see. Feinberg, Farber --- Finkel. Oh yes, Mrs. Finkel is doing very well. In fact, she's had two full meals. Her doctor says if she continues improving as she is, he is going to send her home Tuesday at twelve o'clock."
The woman said, "Thank God! That's wonderful! She's going home at twelve o'clock! I'm so happy to hear that. That's wonderful news."
The guy on the other end said, “From your enthusiasm, I take it you must be one of the close family."
She said, “What close family? I'm Sarah Finkel! My doctor doesn't tell me anything!"
An elderly married couple scheduled their annual medical examination the same day so they could travel together. After the husband's examination, the doctor said to him, "You appear to be in good health. Do you have any medical concerns that you would like discuss with me?"
"In fact, I do," said the man. "After I have sex with my wife for the first time, I am usually hot and sweaty. And then, after I have sex with my wife the second time, I am usually cold and chilly."
"This is very interesting," replied the doctor. "Let me do some research and get back to you."
After examining the elderly wife, the doctor said to her, "Everything appears to be fine. Do you have any concerns you would like to discuss with me?"
The lady replied she had no questions nor concerns.
The doctor then asked, "Your husband had an unusual concern. He claims that he is usually hot and sweaty after having sex the first time with you and then cold and chilly after the second time. Do you know why?"
"Oh that old buzzard!", she replied. "That's because the first time is usually in July and the second time is usually in December!"
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