Bring in the Clowns.

Bring in the Clowns. On Saturday, we had planned for a group of clown to come and visit the residents that I work for in an Memory Care Community.  The staff that it would be a great idea.  However, it wasn't successful. It was too much stimulus for the residents with Alzheimer's.  They were confused and overwhelmed by the production.  Just giving a heads up to those who plan and implent activities for seniors. ...more

Cupcakes for a Cause

Cupcakes for a Cause~ ...more

It Is a Small World After All!

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Seniors Know Breast

School is in Session As students headed back to school today, I realized that I am enrolled as a student of life at my work.  The senior adults that I work for are my teachers.  They have studied relationships, families and life for over 80 years, which makes them overqualified. Here are a few life lessons that I have learned. ...more

Thanks for that little wake up call. Loved it.more

Getting It

“Getting it” This can be hard, especially when you’ve known someone for a long time. I mean, you’ve pretty sure you know what your loved one is thinking and feeling without them even saying a word, right.  You might have gotten it all right in the past, but now that your loved one is aging, you might have to change some of the old assumptions.  Here are some ways to rediscover your loved one.  ...more

Can you hear me NOW!

Can You Hear Me NOW! The following tips will allow a person with hearing loss to effectively use what hearing they have and use visual cues to receive as much information as possible. When dealing with senior adults, I have learned a few tricks on how to communicate properly with those who struggle with their hearing.  People with hearing loss often rely on visual cues for information. All of these tips are easy to do, but may require a conscious effort at first. ...more

Body Works

Over the weekend, I went to Baltimore and saw for the first time the BODY  exhibit.  This is the amazing display of 200 real human specimens that have been showcased to show everyone else what the human body is made up of-all preserved through a remarkable process called Plastination.  The exhibit is called Body Works & The BRAIN– Our Three Pound Gem features the latest neuroscience findings on brain development and function; brain ...more

What does being single have to do with Alzheimers?

Researchers have found that those who were married or living with a partner from mid-life through later life were much less likely to develop Alzheimer's than those living alone. Those who were single throughout life had twice the risk for developing the disease, while those divorced from mid-life onward were three times as likely to develop Alzheimer's. Those who were widowed from mid-life onward were actually six times more likely to develop the disease than those married or living with a partner from mid- to later life. ...more

Thanks so much for info. What a downer. I wonder how the data comes out in a male/female ...more

Humming II

So last week, I put a blog up about humming in senior adults.  I haven't been able to find any information on why seniors hum.  At the community where I work, some seniors with AD seem to hum instead of talk or communicate with others.  It makes me wonder if they can hear themselves hum or do they think that they are communicating through humming.  I suppose if I couldn't use words, I will still try to continue communicating.  Let me know your thoughts on this one and I will continue to do some research. ...more

My MIL makes this humming noise on every exhale. We ask her to stop (she doesn't realize she's ...more

Elderspeak

Did anyone see the newsclip on ABC's Good Morning America about Elderspeak.  Research just out says that baby talking those with Alzheimer's or Dementia could add to irriation and confusion.  It has always been a pet peeve to see coworkers, care givers and sometimes even family members talk down to their loved one.  By adding "honey, sweetie, and hun" on to every sentence.  People seem to think there is a reason to speak to their loved one like that. ...more