We are honored to be a part of the National Pioneer Network Conference kicking off today in beautiful Denver, Colorado. Ushering in a New Culture of Change promises to be an enlightening and invigorating educational and networking event for participants and those serving the elder care industry. AGE-u-cate® Training Institute will be offering it's internationally acclaimed Dementia Live® Experience and Compassionate Touch® Program to innovators
Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Senior Care Professionals, aging services, Elders, culture change, Aging in the Workplace, dementia, compassionate touch, Dementia Live, Hospital Professionals, Pioneer Network, elder care, long term care, Work
I recently attended a conference and listened to a geriatrician share that the average number of medications her patients are on when they come to her practice is a shocking 18 - 24. That's per DAY! No doubt we have a serious epidemic in this country - our seniors are drowning in drugs.
Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, The Family Caregiver, healthcare, Senior Care Professionals, Elders, Hospital Professionals, Faith Community, elderly, Seniors, older adults, Polypharmacy, Drugs, patients
When was the last time you walked into a restaurant hoping for a relaxing dinner only to feel like you were in the middle of a rock concert, and a bad one at that? You're not alone. Noise pollution is a real health hazard, especially for older adults. Yes, I'm in the AARP club myself, but don't consider myself "old" (and not sure when that starts) but I've noticed how noise has affected me as I've aged.
Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, Elders, dementia, Dementia Live, leadership, Hospital Professionals, Seniors, older adults, noise pollution, health, elder care communities, home care
I was very fortunate, for when my sweet mom passed, no one else asked for "the teapot". It wasn't particularly pretty, and certainly of no monetary value. But to me it was priceless reminder of the tender moments we had together to talk about an endless number of topics that mothers and daughters share. Often accompanied by a scrumptious homemade sweet, we always had back-up favorites in the freezer so we were never without an accompaniment for our favorite Bigelows "Constant Comment". When we weren't chatting and sipping, we would often play a quick game of Yahtzee, Gin Rummy or in latter years, our absolute favorite go- to game, Rumikub.
Our guest blogger is AGE-u-cate Master Trainer, Sue Wilson, LMSW, CADDCT, CDP - 360 Elder Solutions (www.360eldersolutions.com)
Topics: The Faith Community, AGE-u-cate Training Institute, The Family Caregiver, Senior Care Professionals, Elders, dementia, Dementia Live, 360 Eldercare Solutions, alzheimer's, family engagement, collages
No misspelling here. Who needs AGE-u-cation? Our care teams, family members, elder care providers, hospitals, business community, churches, non-profits need to be MUCH better AGE-u-cated®!
Welcome to the world of healthcare! Having just moved to a state with a very large senior population, many of whom have mild to moderate dementia, my story of navigating the healthcare maze should make us all sit up and ask ourselves how our seniors, especially those with dementia, can traverse this insanity. Here is my story:
Through the years I've had the great privilege to work with thousands of elders and families as my professional career in senior care began in educating families and faith communities. I will never forget one of my earliest conversations with a couple who had attended a caregiver support group in which I was facilitating. Emotionally, they shared how their parents had served faithfully in their church for over 40 years and now that they were homebound, the they felt as if they had been forgotten. This tugged at my heart, as I remembered how vitally important the church was to my own aging parents and how much that care and compassion for our parents comforted us as adult children.