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Authored by CEO, Andria P. Harris, our blog is also a very important way of letting you know how we feel about what we do. For more dialogue on living with Dementia and Alzheimer's, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Telling a child that one of their grandparents is unwell is a difficult task. Their young minds are full of tomorrows and the promise of life. They rarely come across illness, and when they do it is usually a matter of days before the person is up on their feet again.

Grandparents are living longer...

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Meal planning and Preparation

 

What’s Cooking at Home Today?

 

 Steamed green vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower with garlic using unsalted butter.

 

Apart of the preparation and planning for each daily meal is bearing in mind that texture and taste are extremely important.

 

TEXT...

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drifting

 

How can i stop you as you drift?

 

 

 

I accompanied her to pick up a brand new commode, I was curious, so I asked her if it belong to her dad, she said yes.

 

Immediately I felt a feeling as she drifts. I felt a lonely, sad and curious air in her voice, because she n...

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Cinamon Honey Applecauce

Apples are healthy, they are a part of my fruit basket, apples are on my long list of must get at the produce store, also they are very refreshing especially during the hot summer months.

 

I have added the homemade apple sauce to my must haves, because it is a way of u...

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Water-Facts

Life begins in the uterus where, like an island, the fetus is surrounded by waster, literally submerged in water.

As on an island, life thrives, there is breathing, communicating, eating, sleeping and having enough time to keep up with the developmental changes that goes on for all nin...

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Living with Alzheimer’s

 

Living with Alzheimer’s                                                              

Becomes a part of your life as you care and serve

Living with Alzheimer’s gives pain

As it takes happiness

It dis...

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Aging with Dignity

What does it means at 87

 

 

During the hustle and bustle of the admitting process, sometimes or almost every time, the one very important question is forgotten.

‘Would you rather have a male or female CNA?’

Given the fact that the role of the CNA, is to administer...

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which one do I Wear Today?

Dancing hat, caring hat, happy hat, smiling hat, funny hat, or not taking anything personal hat. Let’s see which one I will wear today?

 Uhh! The not taking anything personal hat, yes maybe, or I might just wear them all, because I am absolutely sure that I will n...

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A Care Giver’s Diary

Caregiver’s, what is your Definition of Light Housekeeping?

There has been so much said about the duties of a caregiver. Who is a caregiver? Why do you call on a caregiver? And what are their roles in your home?

In many cases your caregivers are CNAs (Certified Nurses Ass...

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From A Care Giver’s Diary / Old Age, What’s next?

She is 98. She told me that she is still a dancing ballerina, and I believed her, because she was one of the most charming and exciting senior woman I have ever worked with.

She hums the most delightful tunes as she taps her arthritic fingers. ...

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From A Care Giver’s Diary

The Care Giver is also a Best Friend

A very good friend is so much like a brother, a sister, a husband, a wife or a close family member.

It is fair to say that the relationship that develops over the course of time between a client and his or her caregiver is that of a...

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From A Care Giver’s Diary

Preventative Care

Opinionative Definition: Preventative care is identifying and taking the necessary precaution to prevent, stop or slow down an action or occurrence that poses a threat to the quality of life of your loved one or client who is placed in your care.

Prev...

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From A Caregiver’s Diary / Small Things Matter

He is 92 and she is 89 years old

Merlin raised his head and wiggled one bushy grey eyebrow, then made a very slow happy smile.

“No one has ever done that before!” he exclaimed.

His friendly voice trembled as he minced very slowly to sit on the...

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From A Care Giver’s Diary

Sing……

“I can hear and feel this music, Can you feel it too? la la la la la to... to to… tooooo? “It’s a song

“Ho Yes I can” announces Ellie.

It is a day to day occurrence for Ellie, hearing and listening, and waiting to hear the familiar strain of a h...

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From A Caregiver’s Diary

Cherished Moment

Here she comes and here she goes, in and out of lucidity, yet she gives her all!

Helen smiles as her daughter walks in the den where she sits by the old French windows. She smiles then squints, as she is having a difficult time recognizing her daughter,...

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From A Caregiver's Diary

Care, A Constant and Complete Fulfillment

 

Care is the constant and complete fulfillment of the needs of a client and their family member. This constant fulfillment usually carries through every situation, though simple or difficult, needs like assisting a family member...

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From A Caregiver's Diary

Alzheimer's Care / Retraining and Refocusing their changed minds

 

Fear, agitation, mistrust, anger, uncertainty, feeling of abandonment, loneliness and despair are just some of the triggers that usually causes an outburst or a negative behavior in our loved-ones who are...

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A Caregiver's Diary  

The Outdoors , Therapy for Memory Loss

 

During the journey along the path of Dementia, Alzheimer's, I have noticed that most people who are living with the disease would much rather spend more time enjoying the outdoors, than being enclosed indoors.

 

As I entered the ...

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A Care Giver's Diary 

She Forgets...........but He Remembers!

 

I see love, I see fear, I see confusion, shock, gremlins of agony even though he tries to smile............

Melinda, he said, its time for bed

Well, why do I have to do that? Why are you here? Why am I here.......?

Come with me ...

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An Ode to Alzheimer's - An Expression of a CareGiver's Experiences 

 

Everyday its an experiment - I say this because, as the disease progresses, every single day is very different. Her mood swings are the only things that are expected. Some days we will do art, other days we will visit the park...

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A Care Giver's Diary 12/27/13

The Long Road Ahead

 

The journey begins the day you notice the slight changes in your loved ones behavior. Those changes though simple, will ultimately become your guide post as you begin and end this eventful and tiring journey.

How do you make sense of, and unde...

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As she struggles to remember his name
I see fear and anguish,
“I wish I know what I am saying”, she said to me, “I wish I understand”
“Can you tell him?”...
Tell him what? I thought ...
She has only incomplete sentences though complete thoughts, I implore my heart to think and speak for her,...

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Seeing Eye Dog, At - Home Comfort Dogs. What are they thinking?

Do you ever wonder what they are thinking?

Do you ever wonder how they feel about the role that they play in the lives of the humans who truly depend on them for so much?

A dog or even a cat or a horse may be the only living being th...

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An Ode to Alzheimer’s – via "Reading"

I have come to learn that Alzheimer's is an expression of what was once. A lack of interest in the present. Where the present is nothing, but a bother and an annoyance
But to drift off to yesteryears is a profound pleasure
And within these pleasures she finds ...

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An Ode to Alzheimer's - An Expression of a Caregiver’s Experiences –Via Music.
Everyday it's an experiment - I say this because, as the disease progresses, every single day is very different. Her mood swings are the only things that are expected. Some days we will do art, other days we will visit...

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"They are my children." "They are my babies." "They are just like people, I love them so much"

Pets are so very important in Senior Care, because many of our elders have outlived their partners, lovedones and friends, as a result have become alone. It is a strange loneliness which is associated wit...

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Taking a bird's eye view through the eyes of someone who is living with Alzheimer's is usually very fascinating. Sometimes it is very surprising to know the thoughts that are hidden deep in his or her long term memory.

As the gray areas of the short term memory becomes foggy and deteriorates, one s...

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The Quilted Shield is pleaesd to announce the launch of their new website.  Founded by Andria Patricia Harris for the sole purpose of seeking the truth in the very best home care and practice it. Having done patient care for more that fifteen years Andria has seen where there is a bigger need for i...

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According to the Good Medicine, from the Physicians Committee for responsible Medicine/ spring 2013/ Vol. No. 2
Question was, “Can We End Alzheimer’s?”
Their latest findings stared that by 2050 4.7 to 13.8 million people is expected to have Alzheimer’s disease. Health cost is also expected to ...

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According to the Healthy/Years: UCLA Division of Geriatrics, April 2013, Volume 10/ Number 4
Beta-Amyloid Plaques and the role they play in the brains of people that with Alzheimer’s disease………
What is Beta-Amyloid Plaque?

It is the sticky substance that is released from nerve cells in the brai...

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Having good quality of life is surely apart of healthy aging.
It is extremely important that every senior person feels that they are enjoying the benefits of good health, at this stage of their lives regular doctor’s visits becomes a routine, and is taken very seriously.

Their quality of lives usual...

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Mrs. Jane Peterson sits on the edge of her bed and watches the sun rise every morning.
As she sits there she also waits for her Care Giver to arrive.
She almost never smiles, because she knows what is happening to her.
She knows that she cannot remember, just can’t remember the simplest thing that sh...

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Sarah and I giggled for almost all the evening.
Usually before bedtime, before super and after supper Sarah and I would spend those hours exploring the jungles of South America and Africa through the eyes and camera of some famous photographer who decided to put it all in a book.
Yes the jumbo Book of...

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Posted by Andria Harris on Feb 16, 2013

It is usually a good thing to identify what is making the client or patient irritated, depress, sad, fatigue and lonely.
Many patients, after a surgical procedure, decide that home care is more private and economically effective, and therefore decide to invite caregivers into their private spaces at ...

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It is not uncommon for our clients who are experiencing Alzheimer’s and Mixed Dementia, to have mood swings during the evening times, somewhere after six o’clock or around sunset. During this time they are almost always very confused, and are easily irritated at most things and at almost every o...

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Could it be just a JOB?
When you are looking for the Care Giver, how can you tell that the underlining desire or passion of he/she is not care, but rather just a paycheck?
I think that the underlining motivation of a fine Caregiver should be the desire to learn more or as much as possible about all as...

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The first questions you might want to ask yourself before choosing a caregiver for your family member is, would I be comfortable having this person caring for me?
What is his/her knowledge of my illness?
How familiar is he/she with my behavior pattern as I experience the different changes in condition...

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It is the next great human experience
It is an experience that only the deceased person knows
It is the next great expectation, the unknown, the only experience that is so feared and revered by living human beings.
It is inevitable
Everybody has to die
Some day we will all get the opportunity to have thi...

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Every single case or client is different.
Every single life once had a very different path…the question is how do you as a care giver manipulate these individual differences as you straddle social interaction?
Social Interaction is one way to calm the fragile mind of people who are going through mil...

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Astonishing, to say the least that many people, especially those who work with senior citizens who are living in the Nursing Homes, Assisted Livings and even some Hospitals, still do not know the importance of Hospice Care, and why it has become a part of the final plans of many seniors who are chro...

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I say hospice is life because, in my opinion it is a gift of quality of life for those who need it during the final stages of battling a debilitating illness.
I sincerely believe that everyone deserves the same type of treatment that they received when they were born.
It is true that during pregnancy,...

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Posted by Andria Harris on Nov 25, 2012

What is Dementia?
It is a symptom
It exhibits memory problems and other cognitive issues which do disrupt ones activities of daily living. Say dementia is the cause of many degenerative brain diseases and Alzheimer’s is one of them. Let us describe it as a huge tree trunk and these diseases are its ...

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Posted by Andria Harris on Oct 08, 2012

Alone, separate, apart, isolated from others, to the exclusion from all others, unique, unequal, existing as the only one in their class, having no like or equal - (definition)
This is Dementia. The early onset of any type of this disease is lonely, this is what they feel. This is what they experienc...

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It is very helpful, especially during times of confusion to keep him or her focus. That, as we well know can be very difficult, but may be achieved if the caregiver is used to paying constant unconditional attention to his or her client.
Since many clients, especially during the early onset of Alzhei...

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Today is another day in the life of Henry
He wakes up, looks around and asks, “What day is today?” “What time is it?” “
I need to get dressed for work. It is ten o’clock, and the bus will pass in twenty minutes, I must not be late.”
“You see I have never been late for work, so don’t y...

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Posted by Andria Harris on Sep 16, 2012

It is unlike anything that I have ever seen
It is a total transformation of a friend, a loved one, its passing from reality into total confusion and loss of self.
You may also say it is a total shift of focus, a shift into awkwardness and fear, a miserable, scared, lonely, fatigued, and anxious worris...

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Posted by Andria Harris on Aug 31, 2012

Caring for the youngest and oldest are very similar,
As babies are soft and delicate so are our seniors. They are dependent on our compassion love and care. They wait to be loved, cuddled and cared for.
It is necessary for every caregiver to develop the sensibility of noticing what is lacking in care ...

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I recently visited with my 85 years old client who is experiencing the early stages of Alzheimer’s.
She was very happy to see me, because as I understood, her caregiver doesn’t communicate much with her, she wanted to talk.
Her first response was,
“I am glad to see you, when are you coming back?..

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Every day I wake up, I realized that everything that I do for my clients actually give them a better chance to live happier.
I make it my business to find out what is that one thing that will bring that confused client smile and relaxation.
Could it be that he or she was a dog or cat lover or even hor...

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These are those who are not ill, but would much rather stay at home. It becomes very difficult when choices are made by their children or other family members. I have come across some seniors who would much rather be in their own home where the familiar smell of their past life still lingers. These ...

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Posted by Andria Harris on Jul 30, 2012

One million birthday wishes was given to Mrs. G. yesterday. I must say that if anything holds true, a very good quality of life does last a while longer.
Good quality of life really goes a long way Mrs. G. is one that was full of fun and adventure, as was told by her children. She lost no time when s...

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Posted by Andria Harris on Jul 15, 2012

Here comes the time when you may need to hire someone other than a family member to care for your loved ones who has Alzheimer’s. How do you choose the right person?
It is vital that you choose someone who has prior experience and know the nature of the disease. Understands the changes that will ta...

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As time went on he was admitted to the hospital for a series of heart troubles.
Suddenly one day he stopped speaking, this happened about four years into his illness, by year four he was unable to help himself and was still having mini-strokes some of which require more hospitalization, so he was in ...

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One reason to care is love
This year we are joining the effort to raise awareness of the need for funding. We are asking that you join in the walk/donate in an effort to fund researches to find a cure for this disease.
As we raise awareness
We are also extending our hands to those who need our help to ...

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The first sign of my father’s illness was a series of mini-strokes on his right side. We had no clue what was going on. He had no signs of forgetfulness but began to move rather slowly.
As time went by, he began having more small strokes, then he became very silent, not speaking much, very antiso...

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I am curious about the second floor at the facility where I go on a regular basis to care for my 91 years old client, who is diagnose with Dementia.
It is fare to say that today she is experiencing signs and symptoms of moderate Alzheimer’s.
The facility is one of the finest in this state and many t...

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My question was given on combative behavior. Learning the different attitudinal and behavioral changes that occur in your loved ones as they journey through this difficult time in their lives is very important.
Combative behaviors are unpredictable and one way to ensure that you have a safe handle on...

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Many people who are diagnosed with Dementia/Alzheimer’s disease once lived very prestigious life styles.
It becomes very sad that the effects of this disease can diminish quality of life. Care of quality of life now becomes the role of family member or loved ones.
It is now, the responsibility of th...

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It is a familiar story
Do you remember the first sensation,
The first sign or signal of first pregnancy
Do you remember?
Was there fear, or anxiety
Was there happiness or joy or
was there uncertainty

It is a familiar story
Do you remember asking yourself, what's next?
Should I or should I not?
Should I put my...

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Your goal is to give the best possible care. Care that will elevate his/her quality of life as long as possible
Pay special attention to areas such as good hygiene, give or encourage showers and or baths as often as needed. A good shower and shampoo will only improve freshness and appearance. Remembe...

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Interesting (Recommended Reading).........
In Full Bloom/Brain Education Guide for successful living
by ILCHI LEE and JESSIE JONES, PHD
"Jangsaeng person carry a youthful vitality into their older years that may be otherwise missing in their peers. To have Jangsaeng/longevity you must have much more th...

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Life
Life is like a riddle
We should solve it
Life is like a soap opera
We should watch it

Life is sometimes a comedy
We should laguh at it
We should laugh so hard
Till it becomes a memory

Life is joy
We should find contentment
And peace
Life is hope we should all have it

APHA

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Posted by Andria Harris on Mar 18, 2012

POEM....cry of an old man...

Adina
Awake my loved one awake
Come from among the dead my wife
Try and seek life
To where must I go to find a wife like you
With gentle care you bore my child
Now dead
Awake Adina, awake

You once mend and darn by the light so dim
I knew your eyes were going blind
I must weep for y...

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Posted by Andria Harris on Mar 05, 2012

Usually we rescue dags and cats, we tie ourselves to trees because we want to preserve their significance. How little do we care for ourselves, since we seldom see ourselves in others.
I was moved this morning when I noticed an homeless man about 80 years or so, sitting with his belongings at the bus...

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Posted by Andria Harris on Feb 21, 2012

Therapeutic Companionship, in my view should be a factor of every senior who is alone. Lonesomeness can lead to sadness and depression, and that is devistating to the emotional status of an elderly person's mind. Most elderly persons used to have lagre families and other active social lifestyles and...

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Giving and Recieving Unconditional love is living. It keeps your heart pure
When you love someone
Only love matters
Everything else becomes secondary
While your heart becomes larger than infinity
There is no where in the sphare of the universe you would rather be
Than with your Love
Every day becoms magica...

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Posted by on Feb 10, 2012

True beauty reveals itself through your every day to day
activities of daily living.
You will automaticaly do and say beautiful things
You will unknowingly touch the lives of the people around you in many positive ways. Suprisingly so, people will want to be around you, because of the positive energy t...

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Posted by on Feb 10, 2012

I found out that it is very difficult to let go of, anxieties, fears and worries simply because we do not know how to. Wouldn't it be nice to know how to eracethem even before they become a stress? Therer is just so much beauty around but we can't see them because we pay more attention to what's bot...

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Mr. Paul Freeman sat by our table during dinner the other day. He was a very out spoken and polite gentleman, who was just about ninety three years old.
He usually said good morning, night or evening in a very loud and impressive voice. I liked him the first time I saw him, because he struck me as a ...

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