It's funny to describe yourself at this age! It is a
wonderful task and I recommend it to all of you. Get out a piece of paper (or
sit at your computer) and write one l-o-n-g sentence about yourself, as if the
reader doesn't know anything about you. Do it now, I'll wait.... Now, sit back and
look at what you've written. Are you happy with your description? If yes,
FABULOUS! If not, CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
Here's my sentence: Rompin', stompin' woman who has energy
to burn (most days), journalist, rock climber, kayaker, emergency medical
technician, cookbook editor, and soon-to-be nursing student.
Now here's the funny part: I was almost NONE of those things
before I hit 45, before menopause took hold of my hormones and shook them to
At 50 (or just a few months before), I changed my life. I
didn't let the "change of life" change me, I took control. Ok, I'm a bit of a
control freak but more on that later. I was working as an editor and publisher
Always screen your calls and never pick up when your elder calls with a nasty demanding tone. If you never give in to moaning and groaning, they will eventually stop trying that approach. But if you eventually give in, you are teaching them that all they have to do is continue pushing harder and harder because you will eventually cave in. Never allow yourself to be manipulated.
Set reasonable but strict limits of when you can be available and then hold out until your elder asks for your attention in a reasonable way. Then, immediately respond positively to reinforce the good behavior. Be sure to tell them how much you appreciate the way they have approached you this time and be generous with your praise and affection. If you reinforce the good behavior, you will get more of it.
Getting your elder involved in activities will be the best thing for both of you. Call your Area Agency on Aging to find the local Senior Centers and Adult Day Care Centers and learn about enroll...
It's the time of year, Mother's Day this weekend and Father's Day next month, when we all try to think of the perfect gift for our moms and dads, grandmothers and grandfathers, and other loved ones we honor on these holidays.
There are the perfect gifts that extend well beyond the recipient: Like other nonprofit organizations, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America offers ways to make tributes, including recording a loved one's name in AFA's Book of Remembrance on our Web site or crafting a panel that celebrates the life of someone who had or has Alzheimer's disease or a caregiver for AFA's Quilt to Remember .
These types of tributes are important because they make us feel good inside amidst the pain of this heartbreaking disease. A therapy of sorts. They're also important because they let the world share in Mom or Dad. A quilt panel, specifically, tells the story of a real person whose life has been touched by this disease and captures some of the memories we want to pass...
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