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Grandparents Day: Reflecting On Their Role

What Makes My Gramma So Special By Shannon Miller, Granddaughter To celebrate National Grandparents Day, I want to share my “Gramma” with you as I reflect on her influence in my life. I am so happy that my grandmother moved to Florida in 2014 for the last few years of her life.  She is 98.  She and I are here together weathering Hermine. Grandma’s first Hurricane.     My grandmother was an amazing influence on me during my childhood, insisting on my learning names of flowers, trees and birds.  I am now...

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016

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Nursing Homes: Don’t Put Me There

By Tara Bahrampour for the Washington Post Nursing Home Discussions Are Important As the population of older Americans swells, the nursing home decision becomes an inevitable part of aging. It impacts not only the elderly, but also the caregivers. Promise you won’t put me away. It is hard to say no to that request. But it often is even harder to honor it.  The author presents some very different conversations in families as they struggle to find the balance between home care and nursing home placement. For many, the idea of...

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016

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Geriatric Care Managers: How Can They Help?

The Why, When, and How of Geriatric Care Management Caring for our seniors is one of our greatest responsibilities for they have worked before us to make our good lives possible. Geriatric care managers help the family caregiver provide the best quality of life for our dependent seniors while at home. A geriatric care manager may be a social worker, nurse, gerontologist, counselor, or other professional with a specialized focus on issues related to aging and elder care. These professionals serve as a guide and advocate for...

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016

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Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan established National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month which is recognized in November.  At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s; today, the number of people with the disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million. Get involved, and help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. We are fortunate to have the National Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) who mission is a world without Alzheimer’s. Advancing research, providing care and support for those...

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National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month and offers an opportunity to recognize, educate, and celebrate our caregivers. Excerpt from Presidential Proclamation:  “During National Family Caregivers Month, we rededicate ourselves to making sure our selfless caregivers have the support they need to maintain their own well-being and that of those they love. One of the best measures of a country is how it treats its older citizens and people living with disabilities, and my Administration is dedicated to lifting up their...

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015

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