From the monthly archives:

December 2011

Old Age? It’s a Matter of Opinion

by Lois Etienne on December 29, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Our own Roger Baumgart, CEO of Home Instead Senior Care® recently said, “There’s no doubt that we’re living in an aging world. What’s most interesting is that people from every generation want and expect to live well beyond the age they define as ‘old’.” Just how old is old? Your answer depends on your [...]

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Bruising is a sign of…

by Lois Etienne on December 28, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet You just spent Christmas with your grandmother and you noticed bruises on her arms and legs. She said she’s just clumsy, but you suspect she’s been falling. You know she’s too independent to ask for help. Bruising is a complicated issue. On one hand, bruising occurs more easily in older people; sometimes (especially with [...]

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National Be A Santa To A Senior

by Lois Etienne on December 21, 2011

in Holiday,Holidays

Tweet Well, apparently Home Instead Senior Care’s Be A Santa To A Senior program made it on the NBC Nightly News Dec 17. This was from a HISC in Wisconsin but it was similar to our program. This year we had a ladies barbershop quartet and a local youth church choir perform, local school children [...]

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More “Santa To A Senior”

by Lois Etienne on December 17, 2011

in Holiday,Holidays

Tweet Here at Home Instead Senior Care, we were so blessed this year to be able to “gift” 119 seniors. On Tuesday, we took the giving party to Federal Way. We were joined by 4Funn, four ladies who sang Christmas carols in the barbershop quartet fashion. Verrazano’s provided a spaghetti dinner for everyone. On Wednesday, [...]

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Be A Santa in Marysville!

by Lois Etienne on December 14, 2011

in Holiday,Holidays

Tweet Well, here are some pictures of our Be A Santa To A Senior “gifting” at the Pilchuck Apts in Marysville today. We were privileged to be able to share with 31 seniors who live there, our Fred Meyer gift certificates. We threw a small party while we were at it…music, coffee, cake and cookies [...]

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Be A Santa To A Senior

by Lois Etienne on December 12, 2011

in Holiday,Holidays,Senior Health and Safety

Tweet It’s that time of year, isn’t it? The sights and sounds of winter, the songs and decorations of Christmas, the fun and togetherness of the holidays. But what if you were 86 years old and your only son has already passed away? Your husband died 30 years ago and most of your friends are [...]

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Tweet If you’re facing the challenge of sharing a dementia diagnosis with a loved one, consider following these steps: Learn all you can about dementia so that you can speak to your family member with confidence and answer questions. After the physician has explained the situation, take an upbeat approach. Tell your Mom that she [...]

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Tweet Doctors are often asked by families not to share the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s with the affected loved one. The families who say it are afraid that the truth will devastate their loved one and lead to hopelessness and depression. Some physicians may comply, but most believe it’s a patient’s right to be fully informed [...]

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Tweet You hear the diagnosis: Dad has Alzheimer’s disease. Now what? Home Instead Senior Care has partnered with David Troxel to create a guide and website to help families learn more about the disease and offers techniques that families could use to foster cooperation, reduce challenging behavior, and create a better caregiving experience for all. [...]

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Chronic Pain

by Lois Etienne on December 2, 2011

in Caregiver Support,Diabetes,Senior Health and Safety

Tweet One more time I’m reminded that we have very little control in our lifetime. We like to think we do but all it takes is one car accident, one illness, a divorce, a child goes to prison, an earthquake hits…it doesn’t really matter, they all put the brakes on YOUR plans for the day [...]

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