The medical implications of incontinence are the worst part of this condition. When I sneeze, I sneeze at least eight times in a row. I can remember my Aunt Mary Ellen saying to me, “Oh good, you sneeze just like me, get ready, cause when you get older, you’re gonna start peeing when you sneeze.” She was right. Why is incontinence still such a taboo subject, despite all … [Read more...]
Why is Occupational and Physical Therapy in Assisted Living Communities a Standard Practice?
One of the things I did not expect when Mom moved into her AL community was that she would start physical therapy and occupational therapy almost immediately. At first, I thought it was ‘event based’ and the change in her living situation was the event. I learned, however, the reason is for the safety and comfort of new residents as well as to serve as a baseline for the … [Read more...]
Part 2: Music Has Superpowers That Can Help Caregivers.
In last week’s post, I introduced you to Tara Jenkins, co-author of the book, Music, Memory, and Meaning and how music can help in caregiving tasks. This week Tara gives us more tips on how to use her book in your life as a caregiver. Let me assure you, the authors of Music, Memory, and Meaning are not expecting you to sing or create the music on your own, something I … [Read more...]
Music Has Superpowers! Here Are Some Great Suggestions For Caregivers: Part 1
The book Music, Memory, and Meaning by co-authors Meredith Hamons, Tara Jenkins and Cathy Befi-Hensel is my new obsession. Just an FYI, this article will be published in two parts. There was so much great information, I didn’t want to overwhelm you. Music, Memory, and Meaning is designed for everyday people to incorporate music into their caregiving day. It is written for … [Read more...]
What Do Residents of Assisted Living Communities Need That Few Offer?
A sense of purpose. We all need a sense of purpose and we forget that this need does not go away as we age. Yes, the social interaction provided by Assisted Living (AL) communities does on some level, provide a sense of purpose, but it is not enough. Activities like bingo are beloved by many residents, they enjoy afternoons of music and arts and crafts can be a fun way to … [Read more...]