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SYNERGY HomeCare of Broomfield, CO Blog

dementia

March 25, 2015

Charlotte, age 64, is part of the small group connections project I do weekly at her memory care community. Although her sentences are disjointed, and she has tremendous difficulty following directions, she enjoys being in the group. This week, at the finish of our make your own sandwich activity, I handed her the lids to the jelly jars, and to my surprise, she easily screwed them on. She also helped pull off the disposable table cloth, bundled it up, and put it in the trash. Small successes are a big deal for Charlotte.

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February 27, 2015

Learn what the movie “Still Alice” and Rementia Theory Have in Common.

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December 29, 2014

Alzheimer’s disease is a difficult process to witness. My upbeat attitude does not preclude me from seeing the suffering on the part of the family witnessing dramatic changes or the baffled individual who cannot recall what has happened during the past hour or perhaps the past 10 years. But AD should not be synonymous with “away from the mind.” I know plenty of persons with AD who are able to express love, share feelings, and have fun. They are perfectly mindful in the precise moment. Let’s explore living life at “new” normal, emphasizing what is present rather than what is lost. A life with AD is a life worth living.

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November 10, 2014

Many caregivers live in a state of hyper-vigilance for good reason, and many of them carry on as a sole provider for far too long. But what I have witnessed time and time again is a tendency to become stuck in the belief that, for example, a wife should be able to run the household as she did twenty years ago and care for her husband, or that a daughter should be able to maintain her preferred lifestyle and make everything alright for her mother. The expectations family caregivers put upon themselves may be impossible to achieve, and they may measure effectiveness on standards that may not be in the best interests of caregiver or care receiver.

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July 21, 2014

A study from The New England Journal of Medicine reported seniors who do activities that stimulate the brain reduce their risk of dementia by 63 percent. Adding physical exercise and proper diet reduces the risk even more.

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May 13, 2014

Asking questions and details about good times from their younger years could be a bonding experience, and a healthy and happy experience for the storyteller. Don’t be afraid to bring up the past with someone with dementia. If done in a comforting way with no pressure put on them, it can be an enjoyable experience that can also help the person maintain a sense of who they are.

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February 13, 2014

This touches me as I work with our clients at SYNERGY HomeCare who are in the beginning stages of the disease, or have battled with it for years. It’s much more than a news report when you know and love actual people and families that can benefit from this bill.

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January 29, 2014

We are excited to be the newest team here in Broomfield, servicing Broomfield, Thornton and surrounding areas.  

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