Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
- Things/money are being stolen.
- Food/drinks are being poisoned.
- Family is plotting against loved one.
- Spouse is having an affair.
- Reassure the loved one as much as possible.
- Focus on topics the loved one enjoys – e.g. grandchildren, food, weather
- Ask for help with a task in another room or outside.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
Alzheimer’s Services will hold our annual Walk/Run to Remember on October 20, 2012 at LSU “Old Front Nine.” Paul and Michele Gates have accepted the position of Honorary Chair Family for 2012. Paul announced last year that he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s Services is here to support Paul and Michele as well as the rest of our community. Our walk is held to raise awareness and funds in support of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
We expect over 8,000 participants this year. On April 3, 2012 we will host our Corporate Sponsorship Breakfast of Champions at Juban’s Restaurant on Perkins Road. For more information contact me by phone 225-334-7494 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org. We serve 10 parishes in the Greater Baton Rouge Area and all funds raised here, stay here. The money is used to fund our many programs and services like Charlie’s Place Respite Center, a helpline information service, education programs, resource library and dementia training.
I look forward to meeting you.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
- Eat green foods—green beans, lime Jell-O, boiled eggs peeled and soaked for a few minutes in green food dye, biscuits sprinkled with green candy sprinkles… Use your imagination!
- Try Irish Folk Dancing.
- Wear green, of course.
- Purchase Leprechaun hats from a party store and wear them at dinner time.
- With dietary restrictions in mind, consider serving corned beef and cabbage for dinner.
- Use finger paints to create pictures of the Pot O’ Gold at the End of the Rainbow.
- Search for Four Leaf Clovers
Remember to plan simple, easy to carry out activities that will fit into the patient's usual routine and you can ensure their holiday celebration will be a success.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
As we grow older, maintaining independence is important. Many older adults want to continue driving for as long as possible. But how can a person tell when it is no longer safe to drive? How can you talk to a senior whose driving concerns you? These tips can help.
Age alone does not tell you who should or should not drive.
- Many healthy older adults can drive safely. But because some age-related conditions do affect driving, seniors need to evaluate their driving skills regularly.
- Many older adults will decide to stop driving when they notice changes.
- If you need to discuss driving with a loved one, bring up the subject in a caring & supportive manner. Remember that the decision to stop driving will be life-changing.
Signs that indicate unsafe driving.
- Having “close calls” or accidents.
- People honking.
- Difficulty staying in the lane.
- Difficulty judging distances.
- Driving too slowly.
- Confusion about directions in familiar places.
- Accidentally hitting the gas pedal instead of the brake.
- Getting frequent tickets or warnings.
If you are not sure about a senior’s driving, offer to be a passenger on a few errands.
- If you see indications of unsafe driving, talk to the driver. Say, “know you enjoy driving, but I am concerned about your safety & the safety of others.”
- Be respectful. Talk about what you saw in a non-judgmental manner.
- Watch for openings in the conversation. For example, “Yes, that was close. Was it hard to see that sign?”
If your loved one shouldn’t drive—but still is—what can you do?
- Give specific driving details to the person’s doctor. Ask the doctor to discuss driving at the next visit.
- Call your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Ask about driving evaluations for seniors.
- As a last resort, family members or caregivers may need to disable the car or “lose” the keys.
When a person can no longer drive….he or she will need alternative transportation.
- Ask family members or friends to provide rides.
- Contact local public transportation about special services for people with limited mobility.
After a serious accident, it’s easy to say a person shouldn’t be driving. But assessing driving ability before an accident can help make the roads safer for everyone. You can get more information by talking with your health care provider or visiting :
Ed Picard, Respite Center Coordinator
Charlie’s Place/Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area