Monday, April 26, 2010

Northborough MA, Four Part Educational Series on Alzheimer's Disease

Free and Open to The Community at the Northborough Senior Center119 Bearfoot Road, Northborough, MA
Presented by

When: Part I
Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 6:00-7:00pm
"Alzheimer's............The Basics" What is Alzheimer's Disease?
Learn the basic terminology, theory, research, and up to date information.

Part II
Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 6:00-7:00pm
"Defining the 3 D's..........Dementia, Delirium, and Depression"
Learn to distinguish the similarities and differences of dementia, delirium, and depression.

Part III
Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 6:00-7:00pm
"The Alzheimer's patient, making the most of a doctor's visit"
Learn techniques and strategies to minimize the stress of any medical visit.

Part IV
Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 6:00-7:00pm
"Alternatives to Dementia Care"
Learn opportunities that can make a better day for you and your loved one with Alzheimer's disease.

To Reserve Your Space, please call: 508-393-5035

Sunday, April 25, 2010

“if you want to die, get better and die at home.”

A Graying Population, a Graying Work Force -
In an aging population, the elderly are increasingly being taken care of by the elderly. Professional caregivers — almost all of them women — are one of the fastest-growing segments of the American work force, and also one of the grayest.

A recent study by PHI National, a nonprofit organization that advocates on behalf of caregivers, found that in 2008, 28 percent of home care aides were over age 55, compared with 18 percent of women in the overall work force.

The organization projects that from 2008 to 2018, the number of direct care workers, which includes those in nursing homes, will grow to 4.3 million from 3.2 million.

Saturday, April 3, 2010


Rural Caregivers - Organizations for Caregivers
Nonprofit Organizations Specifically for Caregivers

Caregiver Assitive Technologies {Purdue edu}

Rural Caregivers - Assistive Technology
For caregivers, assistive technology, especially aids for daily living (ADLs), can make a world of difference in the lives of the individuals they care for. Whether it is modified utensils, dressing and grooming aids, or mobility aids, these devices give a person more independence to do tasks they otherwise would not be able to do with out assistance. For caregivers, assistive technology can make the job of caring for a loved one much easier.

There are many places for caregivers to turn for assistance. There are many companies that sell difference assistive devices as well as many professionals who are available to offer advice, share their knowledge and offer technical assistance.

Caregiver Resources

Changing the perception and experience of aging

Second Wind Dreams® was formed in 1997, growing out of the work of geriatric specialist P.K. Beville, M.S. who co-authored Second Wind, a novel about people living in a nursing home. Over the last twelve years, SWD has become involved in more than 290 eldercare communities in 40 states, Canada and India. The mission of Second Wind Dreams® (SWD) is simple: through the fulfillment of dreams and the offering of innovative educational opportunities to caregivers and communities, SWD seeks to change the perception and experience of aging, empowering elders to age with dignity, hope and joy.

Second Wind Dreams focuses on those living in eldercare communities or in hospice care. These are our seniors who need our assistance most. Family support may be non-existent, money can be at a premium, especially for our Medicaid supported seniors, and these senior adults are often our frailest— the ones who need a dream fulfilled.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Social Work PDF Print E-mail Written by Karen Graziano, LCSW

Social Work--THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER Online--Magazine for Social Work Students and Recent Graduates--Articles, Jobs, & More - Preparing for the Future: A Career in Gerontological Social Work
It may surprise you that the elderly are you and I. As C.S. Lewis has observed, “The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” It is one of the great equalizers. According to one of the most insightful raconteurs of our time, George Carlin, “There’s no present. There’s only the immediate future and the recent past.”