Is it Lewy Body?
Getting on and Beyond Column
[January 2021 | Montrose Daily Press] Lewy Body dementia (LBD or DLB) is the second most common type of dementia and the most often mis-diagnosed. The progressive disease has no cure and is characterized by changes in behavior or cognition (dementia), movement (Parkinson’s disease or PD), and autonomic functions). Both forms may include (or even begin with) neuropsychiatric symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, and behavioral problems. [story]
Tech on the Farm
Senior farmers learn new-fangled ways.
[May 2020 | San Juan Silver Stage] So, what does Farmer John do with a cell phone? And why does he need a tablet? Well, he can count his chickens or head of cattle, photograph his flock or his herd, and keep track without having to carry pencil and paper or run back to the barn and hope he remembers what he forgot to write down. [Story]
Seniors and Technology
Seniors are adept at adapting
[May 2020 | San Juan Silver Stage] Are “seniors” tech-challenged? Maybe some, but certainly not all. The current Covid Crisis calls for a ‘new normal’ way of thinking, interacting, and living life… and that’s not age-dependent. Before Corona, many 50+ folks were already using technology to livestream movies and sports events, bank, pay bills, book vacations, and shop Amazon. They have smart phones, tablets, laptops, and desktops. According to reports in Pew Research regarding older adults, “roughly three-quarters of internet-using seniors say they go online on a daily basis – and nearly one in 10 go online almost constantly”. [Story]
Senior Pets for Senior People
[January 2020 | Montrose Daily Press] For many seniors, having a furry friend provides wonderful companionship. Yet, some who long for a pet may be afraid to get one lest they outlive it. Fostering or adopting offers a perfect solution. You can age together. Senior canines and cats share calm camaraderie with us—a blessed gift as we age. They offer unconditional love and alleviate loneliness. [Story]
The Caregiver’s Journey
Building Your Care Team – preface
This is the second book of Burke’s Caregiver’s Journey series.“This book is about life,” Burke says, “what happens as you live it and how to help someone (including yourself) live it in the best possible way when you are a Caregiver—and even more so, once you can see the end of the road. It’s about healing and people helping people who need help, and it’s based on 20+ years of Caregiving experience, augmented with the stories of so many other Caregivers I’ve met going down the road. Building Your Care Team shows you how to find and work with people who can help. [Story]