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Dr. Aaron Blight on His New Book – When Caregiving Calls

Thursday – Nov 12th, 2020 2pm EST, 1pm CST, 12pm MST, 11am PST & 6pm London, 8pm South Africa and on the 13th at 5am in Australia AET

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Lori La Bey talks with Dr. Aaron Blight, the author of “When Caregiving Calls: Guidance as You Care for a Parent, Spouse, or Aging Relative.” Dr. Blight is the Founder of Caregiving Kinetics, a consulting firm dedicated to those who care for the aging population. 

Contact Aaron Blight:

Website: www.caregivingkinetics.com

Email: aaron@caregivingkinetics.com

Twitter: @aaronblight

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Dementia – Celebrating Life – Every Moment We Get

Celebrating Life Every Moment We Get

 great on of grandma laughing w hat onI apologize for not wishing each of you a marvelous New Year in 2014.  

Please know I have sent blessings out to each of you for a fantastic new year.

I just have been a bit busier with my own family over the holiday season.

This year, like three years ago I applied to sign my Mother up for hospice.    For those of you who are new to following the blog, mom has been in her end stages of dementia for the past four years, has been in a nursing for 12 years and has memory problems for over 30 years.  Three years she had a medical change…  She started having tremors.   Back then I applied for hospice services for her too.  She was approved.  Given her condition improved during the hospice period, she was released from the service, yet continued in similar condition and continued on in her end stages of Alzheimer’s.

Just before Thanksgiving this past November, mom had a grand-mall seizure, another significant medical change.  Given this change and her being more withdrawn and sleepy, I decided there was nothing to loose by applying again for hospice.  Mom was approved.  I was thrilled she would get additional one and one services:  pastoral, music therapy, massage, additional personal cares, social worker, RN and more.  So far, mom has been responsive at times to some of the services: smiles, giggles, a twinkle in the eye and even a shimmy to the music.  Each of these are huge signs of connection.  I know if compared to a “normal everyday conversation” you have with your friends and family, theses signs appear minimal at best.  To that I say, compare moms responses to that of a small child.  The times a child smiles at you, tries to say a word, giggles or gives you eye contact.  In these situations we celebrate.

Why Is It That When A Person Is

Older Or Ill In These Situations

We No Longer Celebrate Life? 

This is a question I never have understood the response I see.  Even though mom is responding, there are still many more times she sleeps, is unable to give eye contact, or respond with one word, giggle or show body movement.  In fact, I’ve found she seems to be responding more to my daughter than me.  Some people ask me if I’m upset by this, but in truth I”m thrilled when she responds to anyone.  I take joy in each and every moment shared with me.

New Year’s Baby – A Time For Celebration!

erin cash lexi grandma all smiling me mom danielle listening to the chicken dance cardfrom tom and maureen

Mom Turned 86 this New Years Day. 

For 2 1/2 hours mom was pretty alert – eyes open, smiles and giggles and even some one liners and out-and-out laughter.  This was a huge gift for all of us.  Normally mom can’t stay awake more than 10-20 minutes at a time.  What a precious time we all had with her.

Happy Birthday Mom!

tom maureen mom all smiling 2 erin sarah grandma and kids 3

Next time you are with someone with dementia no matter what stage they are in, I recommend you stop thinking about what has changed or what you have lost.

Instead, Start Looking For What Is The Same. 

What are the precious things you still can share with one another? I think you will be pleasantly surprised at what you find if you chose to look.

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Start The Chatter –

September is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Join The Cause!

Start the chatter by having a simple conversation about dementia.

Remember, it’s not about having the answers, it’s about having the discussions to find out the needs of others and sharing that information to create solutions to the help those affected by the disease.

Here are some simple questions to get you started.

Do you know anyone with Alzheimer’s  or another form of dementia?

If so, what have you heard about the disease?

How does the disease make you feel?

Have you ever really talked to someone who has the disease?

If so, what was it like?

Have you ever had a heart to heart with someone who is taking care of a loved one with dementia?

What did they say about the disease? How are they doing it?

Does the thought of someone you love getting dementia scare you?

Have you ever thought you might have problems with your own memory?

Who would you tell and what would you do if you thought you had memory problems?

Do you think it would effect your insurance coverage?

How long do you think you could still work if you got dementia?

How would you like to be treated if you had memory problems?

Who would you want to take care of you and where would you like to live?

Would you still drive once you knew you had the disease?

Have you thought of getting long term insurance just in case you get dementia?

Have you ever done anything to support the fight against Alzheimer’s and Dementia?  If s, what?

How would you like to help improve our dementia care culture?

The list of questions you can ask and answer is endless.  But these hopefully will get you started.

Please tell us about your conversations.

We would love to hear from you.

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