• January 16, 2014 /  Resources

    I have been doing some more wandering around the worldwide web and have discovered some amazing resources. Please visit my resource page for the links connecting to these organizations.

    Family Caregiving Alliance, National Center on Senior Transportation.

    I have reorganized my resource page to incorporate a Special Needs section for families. It now includes ARC (which was previously listed elsewhere), Achieving Independence, and Special Needs Alliance.

    My resource page keeps growing so come back periodically and see what is new!


    I serve the counties of El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba, as well as cities like Auburn, Lincoln, Rocklin, Roseville, Sacramento, Placerville, and Woodland.

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  • November 11, 2013 /  Resources

    I have written on this before. In order to take care of others, you need to take care of yourself. It’s similar to the instructions you receive in the cabin of an airline, “Put the oxygen mask over your mouth and nose first, THEN put it over the mouth and nose of your child.” In other words, save yourself first, then the other person.

    This link offers a thorough assessment and analysis of caregiver burnout. Enjoy.


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  • September 4, 2013 /  Resources

    seniors brew festPlacer County’s finest wineries, microbreweries, cuisines, chocolates, live music, raffle, silent auction.

    The Fall Wine & Brew Fest is a fundraising event that supports the vital senior services and programs provided to Placer County seniors, helping them to remain independent and in their home for as long as possible.

    • When:   Saturday, November 2, 2013
    • Time:    5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    • Where: Ridge Golf Club and Events Center, 2002 Golf Gourse Rd., Auburn, CA

    Tickets are $40 each in advance and $45 at the door.

    Visit the Fall Wine & Brew Fest website for more information.

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  • June 27, 2011 /  Resources

    dementia alzheimersAlzheimer’s is a subject Laura Wayman knows well. I have had the pleasure of sitting in her seminars and learning about dementia. As California Licensed Professional Fiduciary, I come in contact with clients who are in various stages of dementia and Laura’s classes and book have helped me identify what might be dementia so I can get help for them. I am not an expert just because I have listened to her and read her book (A Loving Approach to Dementia Care) but I have come away with tools that help me in communicating with my clients and it’s those tools that have made my life less stressful and allow me a richer relationship with my clients.

    Here a couple of quotes from her work:

    “When someone is acting in ways that don’t make sense, we tend to want to carefully explain the situation from our “normal perspective”, calling on his or her sense of appropriateness to achieve more “normal behavior” and compliance. However, dementia-challenged adults are no longer able to access the “boss function” in their brain any longer, so they cannot respond as they did before dementia to discussions, arguments, or customary communication approaches,
    no matter how much our reasoning seems like straightforward common sense to us. This simple motto applies well to communication with a person with any form of dementia; “Only tell them what they can handle, and as the dementia progresses, they can handle less and less.”


    sited June 23, 2011

    “…do not argue with a confused person. Arguing may only escalate and fan the fires of anger, anxiety, paranoia, and fear. If you cannot win the battle, change the war No matter how outlandish the claim or accusation, listen and proceed as though you believe everything the person with dementia is saying. Plan to take action that will give the person with dementia is saying. Plan to take action that will give the person a sense of relief To her, the most frustrating response is for you to argue or try to convince her that the satiation is not real.

    Imagine what it would be like if you thought you were being followed home by a strange car one evening, thought you had been receiving odd or threatening phone calls, or thought you saw someone hiding outside your bedroom window. Now imagine that you shared your fears with your family and friends, and that even though you were genuinely scared, they calmly dismissed your anxiety as foolishness. How would this make you feel?”

    A Loving Approach to Dementia Care, Making Meaningful connections with the Person Who Has Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementia or Memory Loss – Laura Wayman, The John Hopkins University Press, 2011 Pg. 54

    Link: https://www.dementiawhisperers.com/

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