Most of us know the importance of keeping active, both body and brain.
It was my privilege to speak to Gravenhurst Seniors' Club last Friday. What a wonderful group! They do so much work, and they play hard! It was a regular meeting, as well as an opportunity to celebrate member's birthdays.
I spoke to them about some of the topics about which I am very concerned.
Garnet Schenk was kind, and allowed me to speak.
The book is in two parts, the first being memoir, which includes lessons learned:
-gaining access to CCAC support; Red Cross health care aides, and home nursing care for both parents in different settings.
The second section of the book includes the following topics, which she will touch on:
- questions for patients to ask physicians and oncologists,
- the difference between dementia and delirium,
- the importance of recognizing polypharmacy,
- health risks for caregivers and the impact on the family,
- advocacy for those ill and frequently visiting health care professionals: patient rights,
- the lack of regulation and training standards for Personal Support Workers and Health Care Aides,
- advocacy for those at home, long-term care: e.g., demanding a geriatric assessment,
important documents for seniors: Resident's Bill of Rights in LTC, Bill of Rights in End-of-Life Care, Power of Attorney for Health, Advance Care Directives,
- the 5 questions families need to answer about medical interventions,
- what to bring or do when visiting housebound friends,
- what to expect at the end of life.