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Jul

18
2008-07-18
Making time for grandma


For the past few months I have become the sole family member making sure that my grandma has what she needs throughout the week. Other family members are paying the bills, which are many. Their contributions are invaluable.  I understand that everyone has their own role to play in the caregiving of my grandmother, but it feels like some of them are extremely hands off. It's like they know she is safe so they don't have to interrupt their own lives with her care anymore. I have been carrying...

Jul

18
2008-07-18
Leveling off?


Things have finally seemed to level off with my grandma. She is starting to settle in to her "new" life and accept her limitations. She is now taking medication for the depression that set in with the move and that seems to be helping. I have also found somewhat of a groove in providing love and care for her. Luckily, the assisted living facility that she lives in now meets most of her needs. That frees me up to be her granddaughter again. I have worked through some of my guilt regarding how...

Jul

18
2008-07-18
Activities for People with Dementia


Engaging the Alzheimers Patient in Activities ---- One of the important parts of Alzheimers care is keeping the mind and body active.  Plan activities that the patient is interested in, such as cooking, walking, gardening, swimming or art.  It the person is lucid enough, involve them in doing puzzles, crosswords, or playing memory games.  I have a patient who loves to do nothing else but shop.  Knowing that she is going shopping gives her something to look forward to.  Always try to...

Jul

18
2008-07-18
Warning signs - dementia & safety


Warning Signs to Determine That it is No Longer Safe to Leave an Alzheimers Patient Alone ----- - Wanders or becomes disoriented -  Unpredictable or confused under stressful situations -   No longer able to use the telephone to call for assistance from neighbors or 911 -    Does not notice dangerous situations such as fires or spilled water on the floor -    Forgets to close the front door -    Forgets to turn off the stove or water faucet when finished with it

Jul

15
2008-07-15
Federal FY 2009 Funding


The federal fiscal year begins on October 1, 2008.   It is expected that there will be no FY 2009 budget enacted before the new administration takes control of the government--on January 20, 2009.  Realistically, it will probably be about 6 months into the fiscal year before the federal departments know their funding levels for FY 2009.   It is expected that Congress will pass a "continuing resolution" this fall to fund federal departments until the final FY 2009 budgets are enacted. ...

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