Home care, home health and assisted living: What’s the difference?

By: CarePartners  The Value of Home Care Report, published by the Home Care Association of America, states that nine out of 10 Americans aged 65 and older want to stay in their own homes; however, 40% need daily assistance and over 70% will need assistance at some point in their lives. A family may be faced with a few considerations to provide assistance for loved … Continue reading Home care, home health and assisted living: What’s the difference?

The Promise

By Mel Watson, Director, Time Together Adult Day Services, Island Senior Resources How many of us ever plan to be a family caregiver? Do we consider what we might do, if someone close to us needs help to do everyday things? It’s not something most of us think about until we are facing it, head on. Years ago, my mom made me promise never to … Continue reading The Promise

Finding Joy: 10 Tips for Caregivers

There is no doubt that being a family caregiver is not easy. It often comes with long days, new challenges and changing family dynamics. Even so, there may be an opportunity for you and your loved one to find moments of joy in your day-to-day routine. Our Care Consultants have compiled 10 tips to find joy as a family caregiver, in hopes that you will … Continue reading Finding Joy: 10 Tips for Caregivers

The grief and loss of reciprocity

by Reed Henry, MA, LMHC, gerontologist  I met with a man this morning that had recently experienced the agony of placing his dear sweet wife in a specialized memory care facility. Walter and Emma* have been married 62 wonderful years and he loves her with all of his heart. My last two encounters with him have centered on his unhappiness with the care she has … Continue reading The grief and loss of reciprocity

Dementia Whisperer: Denial, A Survival Mechanism

By Kathy Stewart, RN, BSN, Aegis Living VP of Nursing and Care Sponsored by Aegis Living In denial, we find our comfortable place—where nothing is changing, and the alarm bells are silent. But denial is only a coping mechanism to avoid an uncomfortable or stressful situation. Denial is why a parent believes they can live on their own when they are clearly endangering themselves. Denial … Continue reading Dementia Whisperer: Denial, A Survival Mechanism

Contemplative Caregiving: A Q&A with Jonathan Prescott

Jonathan Prescott is the founder of Wise Caregiving, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people become effective, sustainable and empathetic caregivers. Jonathan’s career as a hospice, cancer-care and hospital Chaplain, along with his spiritual practice as an ordained student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, gives him a unique perspective on how to thrive within the helping professions. His trainings help people learn the arts of listening, … Continue reading Contemplative Caregiving: A Q&A with Jonathan Prescott

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How siblings can avoid fighting over caregiving disagreements

By Janet L. Smith As your parents get older, it may become increasingly important for you and your siblings to come together and help your parents find the best caregiving options. Depending on the circumstances and the health of your parents, you may be able to hire in-home caregivers that allow your parents to stay in their own home. In other situations, an assisted living … Continue reading How siblings can avoid fighting over caregiving disagreements

My wife, my teacher

  By Larry Sabol My wife Mary and I have been married for 32 years, and have three children and six grandchildren between us. We have lived in Kent, WA for the last 21 years. Mary was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia with Parkinsonism in May of 2015. She first manifested signs of mild cognitive impairment in 2010, but symptoms of Lewy Body did not … Continue reading My wife, my teacher

AAIC UPDATE & RESEARCH IN THE NEWS

Joel Loiacono, Regional Director for Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho, will give a presentation on this topic at the upcoming Central Washington Alzheimer’s & Dementia Conference. Click here for more information or to register. The 2018 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) was held in Chicago this past July. It was a record-breaking year for the event with over 5,900 scientists attending from 68 countries. New … Continue reading AAIC UPDATE & RESEARCH IN THE NEWS

Public Policy Town Halls 2018

Each fall, the Alzheimer’s Association, Washington State Chapter hosts a series of Town Halls across Washington State and northern Idaho. These community events are a unique opportunity for constituents to hear from and ask questions of local leaders about public policy related to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Here are few of topics being covered at our Town Halls this year: Increases to Research Funding The … Continue reading Public Policy Town Halls 2018