Friday, April 6, 2012

Fun and games in LTC, not just doom and gloom!

A beautiful moment between spouses
Yes, dementia is terribly frustrating for caregivers who cope with loved ones with this condition, but it is not all doom and gloom.
I volunteer weekly, and we find many things to laugh about.

Many people who still love and are loved by those who should love them, and those who are paid to care for them, with dignity and purpose.

The lady in red, is a dear woman. She sits beside her husband. She helps out many of the other residents, as much as her husband.

My friend, Michelle
There are good people working in long-term care. We must not lose sight of this fact as the media exploits the horrible stories.

People living with dementia can have fun.
People caring for them treat them with dignity and respect, for the most part. For those unable to care for a loved one at home, be sure that there are good people and good places in this world.

Much encouragement, and caring,
and cheering him on!
He went form "I can't" to "I can!"
Activity Aides work hard, like Laurie. They coax, and support the residents and encouragement them to take part in all the fun.

How Alzheimer’s has changed my life

Is it really possible for a senior to be significantly disabled, dependent on others for help with basic activities of daily living, yet consider their quality of life good? A recent study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society suggests that the answer is an emphatic YES.

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