At Cerna Home Care, we strive to create an environment that brings our clients peace and tranquility. For people with dementia and Alzheimer’s tranquility can, at times, be tough to attain. It is especially important to determine what triggers discontent and then take measures, sometimes quite creative measures, to alleviate it.
Every case Cerna assesses is quite different because no two people are alike. While people suffer from the same disease, like Alzheimer’s, unique approaches to care are required based on the particular person. When doctors and caregivers have a good understanding of a diagnosis and a person’s symptoms, a custom care plan can be implemented. But, how do you approach a care plan for symptoms when the disease or cause of the impairment is a mystery?
At Cerna, every day with our clients, who we consider to be like friends and family, offers learning opportunities to share with others. Cerna caregivers are not just people hired to “watch” an aging person with specific needs related to a disease like Alzheimer’s – they are focused on cognitive stimulation, making a personal connection, engaging in physical activity and ensuring their friend feels as comfortable as possible. A typical day requires patience, empathy and creative problem solving.
The deadline to file your 2013 income taxes is just weeks away. If you pay for an elderly family member’s in home care, medical expenses, medications and daily living expenses you may be eligible for some federal tax breaks – you may even be able to claim your parent as a dependent.
Cathy Greenblat is on a quest – a quest to change the imagery of aging, illness and dying.
In most instances where people look away, Cathy Greenblat seeks to make approachable the dignity, beauty, delight, solemnness – and yes, sometimes sadness of the aged, the infirm, and those in the terminal stages of life through her photography.
In 2004, she focused her lens on Alzheimer’s and Alzheimer’s care in the US in her book titled “Alive with Alzheimer’s.” The title itself speaks volumes; people living with Alzheimer’s are just that – alive. While the thieving effects of the disease are devastating, people suffering from Alzheimer’s can still laugh, sing, dance and experience awakenings triggered by music, caring people, animals, imagery and more. The book’s description notes, “Her images, interviews, and observations attest to the possibility of their being “alive” with Alzheimer’s far beyond the expectations of the general public and even of many physicians with long experience with the disease.”
Cathy’s vision will help family members, friends and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s understand targeted and person-centered care can harvest genuine and appropriate joyful responses.
Cerna’s Staff uses many different exercises and programs to invoke new cognitive activity with our clients – also including interaction with music for their positive effects. Find out more HERE.
Visit www.LoveLossAndLaughter.com to see Cathy Greenblat’s latest work.
Life’s biggest questions are naturally the hardest to answer, and if you choose the wrong action you could end up regretting it in the long run. We all hope to live with no regrets, but for many, this is not the case. Thankfully, Karl Pillemer of Cornell compiled a list of life’s greatest trials and sought out advice from people who have already made their life changing decisions and lived with their results. These people, of course, are our elders. As they say, another year older, another year wiser.
On Regrets – The seniors questioned on how to avoid regret came to a consensus on two major points. First, always be honest while taking advantage of new opportunities and embracing challenges. It is impossible to regret something if you did everything within your power to accomplish it. Second, try to travel as much as possible. Most seniors believe that this should take precedent over many other things young people spend money on.
On Happiness – Happiness is a choice and not a culmination of positive or negative circumstances life throws at you. You may not be able to control what happens to you, but you can always control how you react to it.
On Marriage – While love can initially bring people together, a lasting friendship and complementing qualities will build a lasting relationship. As one 89-year-old woman put it, “too many young people are giving up too early, too soon.”
On Careers – Out of the seniors polled on careers, not one said that they achieved happiness by working in a profession they did not like for a big paycheck at the end of the day. As one 83-year-old former athlete and recruiter put it, “the most important thing is to be involved in a profession that you absolutely love and that you look forward to going to work every day.”
On Parenting – It is important to spend more time with your children despite whatever busy work schedule you may have. Sacrifices may have to be made along the way, but spending time with your children should come before your career.
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