Household monthly bills

When did managing the household monthly bills become so burdensome to my mom? For 50+ years Mom ran the household, an early version of “Momager”. Recently though, as the macular degeneration continues to weaken Mom’s vision, her daily chores take longer and her patience is short. When I visit I see the mail stacked up on […]

Adult children home for the holidays

Adult children home for the holidays, like me, are back to our own daily routines with new worries and concerns. It was fun to see brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, Mom and Dad BUT. It was disconcerting to see how much older our parents seem this year. Their house, OMG, well – you can tell that […]

Parkinson’s Disease Facts

Chances are that you know someone living with Parkinson’s Disease. I have a close neighbor living with Parkinson’s. In our care management practice we work with several clients and their families living with this diagnosis and the exhausting symptoms that come and go and come again. We know that people with Parkinson’s struggle with maintaining balance and they […]

Social Security 2017

Social Security benefits for more than 60 million recipients will go up next year by a mere 0.3 percent, the Social Security Administration announced Tuesday.

Dear dementia, what we need now

Dear dementia, today I add to my list of things that care partners (caregivers + people with dementia) need right now. It has been less than one month since I pressed my first list. Long story short, we need to improve the medical appointment experience for healthcare providers and their patients with dementia. In the spirit of relentlessly pursuing improved […]

5 things caregivers and their loved ones living with dementia need right now

Last Friday, mid-morning, I took a client to a department store and to lunch. My client lives in a memory care facility. She has dementia. She also is an 80 year retired English Literature professor, a mom, an aunt, a sister, a friend. She had a career before career women were common. My client likes […]

Dementia and Refusal to Bathe

  Refusal to bathe often goes hand in hand with dementia. Possibly one of the top frustrations for caregivers and their care partners is accomplishing a shower at least once a week. This is a great video from UCLA with helpful tips.  

Memorabilia

Memorabilia: the tools, tchotchke and every day items from the decades of our lives. As the holiday season arrives, sooner every year, this gift for loved ones with dementia is a winner. The entire family can help with collecting items to create a meaningful activity that will spark conversation and joy when shared. A few […]

Memory Care Programs

Memory care programs are usually found in adult day programs and in assisted living facilities and memory care units. Research results about best practices in designing and implementing memory care activities are everywhere. With at least 1 in 4 people facing a diagnosis of dementia the demand for quality programs has never been more pressing. […]

Active Aging Week 2016

Active Aging Week is an annual health promotion event, held the last week of September, to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, taking care of yourself and aging well. Organized by the International Council on Active Aging, communities feature health-promoting events held across the country. This year’s theme is “Explore the Possibilities”. Preferred Living Solutions is partnering with several businesses in the Ligon Mill Office […]