At a recent Alzheimer's Association conference, one of the seminars dealt with issues surrounding sexuality and dementia. Many participants had partners who had dementia and eventually moved into a facility. A complaint that surfaced was how nursing homes do not allow for privacy.
They say, "Home is where the heart is." In this case, "home" is Malta House, an assisted living community in Hyattsville, Maryland. And the "heart" is Olivia, a German shepherd mix who now shares the residence with 31 senior citizens.
Pet cats, dogs, birds and fish may be the smallest members of our households, but they claim a big place in our hearts. Our furry, feathered and scaly friends provide unconditional companionship, regardless of our current employment status, physical ability or age.
Hunting for assisted living can be hard. You want to find the best place for your loved one -- and it needs to be clean, well run, and within your price range. And you need to get a good sense of what each community is really like, not just what its advertising says about it.
Photos courtesy of Riva Greenberg My father began to leave us, mentally, two years ago. We were looking at photos on my mother's computer when he ...
I quickly learned that there are vast differences in nursing homes for people with AD. For example, I learned that many nursing homes will not admit an AD patient who is ambulatory. Whereas all the nursing homes I checked accepted AD patients, those without separate lockdown dementia units will not accept Clare because she still can walk by herself.
In a long car ride with my musically savvy teenagers, I happily listened to the bands they enjoy most, bands with names like "Vampire Weekend" and "...
Many seniors want to do everything they can to stay in their homes as they get older. But often they need help to handle various responsibilities including getting to medical appointments, shopping, socializing with friends, preparing meals, and managing things around the house.
There, just inside, is my mother -- or at least what's left of her. Today, I do not know who is in there. But I am damned if I am going to speak to her like the aged infant she appears to be. She deserves the dignity of being someone's mother and for this small while, I allow myself the indulgence of being her child.
Don't have unrealistic expectations. Understand that staff have many patients to care for and may not have time to do every tiny thing you'd like. Again, before complaining, make sure it's a problem -- not just a preference.
In honor of my cousin, Martha, who recently died from breast cancer, her daughters hosted a "Be The Good Day" on December 4th which would have been her birthday. Martha often said "Every day isn't a good day, but there is good in every day."
Good health behavior, good medical care, good genes, and good luck may keep you healthier longer, but eventually Father Time catches up. Here are four suggestions for planning ahead:
Can you give me some tips on picking a good nursing home for my mother who has Alzheimer's disease? I've been taking care of her at home, but she's gotten to the point where she's too much for me to handle.
How does one stay young? Play, laugh and act like a kid, of course! In many ways, Providence Mount St. Vincent, known as "The Mount," in Seattle is a ...
This comment provides a brief and incomplete educational introduction to legal alternatives to a court ordered and supervised guardianship for an elde...
If nursing homes are permitted to continue opting out of the civil justice system, we can expect to see lower levels of care, and higher numbers of preventable injuries and deaths.