In This Issue
Kudos From Kelly
Eileen Nixon... Much More Than a Client
5 Unique Ways Your Smart phone Can Make You More Productive
Alan Weiss on Post Election Comments
Providers We Love

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If I Get Dementia
By Rachel Wonderlin     
My list is well over a year old now, and it has been circulated all over the Internet. It originally appeared on Alzheimer's Reading Room's website.

What would you want, if YOU got dementia? 
  1. If I get dementia, I want my friends and family to embrace my reality. If I think my spouse is still alive, or if I think we're visiting my parents for dinner, let me believe those things. I'll be much happier for it.
  2. If I get dementia, I don't want to be treated like a child. Talk to me like the adult that I am.
  3. If I get dementia, I still want to enjoy the things that I've always enjoyed. Help me find a way to exercise, read, and visit with friends.
  4. If I get dementia, ask me to tell you a story from my past.
  5. If I get dementia, and I become agitated, take the time to figure out what is bothering me.

Kudos from Kelly
 KUDOS from Kelly
  By Kelly McNamara 

Team, The

Dawn Reed,  
Dora Oduro,  
Luenda Julian,  
Angela McCoy,  
Shelly Ann,  
Kell y Hennessey,  
Maria Nanez,
Alicia Gladue
Priscilla Franco

This month we lost a very special client and friend, Eileen Nixon.  We were all especially fond of her husband Al as well. For the two years we cared for Eileen and supported Al, they were more like family than clients.

Eileen Nixon... Much More Than a Client... Celebrating the Life of a beloved Friend Born January 27, 1943 left this life on November 17, 2016 at home, peacefully, surrounded by her family.

Born in Philadelphia, she eared a nursing degree at Temple University. She enjoyed many nights dancing on Dick Clark's American Bandstand. She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Alan as well as four beautiful daughters, their husbands and five adorable rambunctious grandchildren.

Eileen's many talents and accomplishments included the following: O.R nurse, Girl Scout leader, foreign exchange program host, Board member at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, head of the Memorials Committee at United Methodist Church in Avon.

Well known for her enthusiastic embrace of life, Eileen was an avid tennis player, skier, swimmer, golfer, ice skater and bicyclist.  She enjoyed summers at their home in Rhode Island, spending time at the beach and tending her garden.  She was talented in calligraphy, sewing, cooking, yoga, and entertaining. She and Alan traveled extensively to all continents except Antarctica.

Eileen was an active participant in Mass General Hospitals' clinical studies for Progressive Supra-nuclear Palsy (PSP) the disease that took her life far too early.

All who knew her, including our caregivers and staff, cherished Eileen.  Her optimism and enthusiasm in spite of setbacks endeared us to her.  We will all miss her.

She made the decision to donate her body to Mass General so that physicians, medical students and researchers could potentially uncover the mysteries of this dreaded disease and help others in the future. 

Therefore, in addition to her many roles as wife, mother, grandmother, friend, volunteer and nurse, let us add one of our own. Eileen was a Hero. ■  

5 Unique Ways Your Smart phone Can Make You More Productive by: Michael Prywes 

1. You can work from anywhere
A smart phone with data can let you work via cloud storage. Google Drive is available on the iPhone and Android, and comes with a full suite of document creating and editing tools. This allows you to make and change documents on the go, without waiting for a computer and WiFi access.

Other programs like Evernote and Dropbox also sync to a cloud-based storage system, allowing you to keep large files and notes on you without worrying about memory or what device it was stored on. Of course you'll want to make sure you have a good signal wherever you are. But thanks to cloud storage and data, smart phones can help bridge the gap between work spaces by keeping you ready to open and work on any file or document on the fly.

  Alan Weiss on
  Post Election Comments

I am NOT making political endorsements or suggestions here, I am making observations. I thought President Obama's comments about "peaceful transitions of power" were very impressive. I thought both Hillary Clinton's and Donald Trump's remarks after the results were final were impressive.

I'm not impressed by celebrities who threaten to leave the country, because they never do. Their fame and wealth are here, and they're not about to abandon them. I don't agree with protesters who clog the streets and cause damage, but freedom of speech is important to uphold and respect. I have to admit I am troubled by 80 million registered voters who apparently chose not to vote, but that, too, is their right.

The human condition is not necessarily one of polarization. While tribes and cultures have been fighting for land and resources and power for a millennia, they have also been able to come together for mutual benefit. I'm writing this piece from Kyoto, and I own three German-built cars. We can afford neither to hold grudges in endless enmity among nations nor among ourselves.

The right to disagree, debate, and demur is important, even vital. But the belief that you're with us or against us, you're friend or enemy, is absurd. Despite the fact we may agree on a hundred other issues, this one issue creates an impregnable divide? Like the starship Enterprise, the emotional  "shields" descend and prevent rational discourse and even logic from penetrating. You're the "enemy," so I have no intention of listening.

I have never believed that someone else is "damaged" just because they disagree with my position, nor do I begin firing from the upper stories because someone has approached with an idea I dislike. And I think it's the height of arrogance to consider someone's education or degrees. I know a lot of non-graduates who are brilliant, and a lot of degree-holders whom I wouldn't trust to walk my dogs. I want to respect the person, not the resume.

Maybe this election will tell us something about ourselves beyond the fact that polls are pretty worthless these days, and people are not so easily influenced by the media.

Alan is a colleague, friend and international business consultant.  Also a self-described curmudgeon. ■

Providers We Love      
We are privileged to have received referrals from and be able to coordinate care with many Assisted Living facilities, rehab facilities, and Medicare Home Care and Hospice agencies. Our growth is in large part due to the trust the staff in these organizations have put in our caregivers. We are likewise impressed with them and we are committed to referring to them on a regular basis  

Kindred Care at Home / Formerly Gentiva Home Health Care Services Stratford, Old Saybrook,
Hamden, Farmington. 

Their services include: Skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational and speech language therapy Neurorehabilitation, wound care, disease and pain management, medication management and education. They maintain a special expertise in dementia care.

 About Always There Home Care

Always There Home Care provides compassionate, dependable and professional one-on-one care for seniors who need assistance in the comfort of their homes or residential care communities.  Services from highly qualified and trained caregivers range from companionship, meal preparation and incidental transportation to personal care, medication management and RN-directed case management. Available 7 days a week, services range from a few hours a day to 24-hour care.

Always There Home Care understands that every situation is unique and creates individualized care plans to help improve a client's quality of life.

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Our Caregivers

Our caregivers are totally committed, highly qualified and carefully selected individuals who are personally and thoroughly screened, bonded and insured. Most are Certified Nurse Assistants or Home Health Aides. Most importantly our caregivers are dependable and extraordinarily caring of others. In addition to their previous experience, our caregivers receive continuous training that includes dementia, hospice care, home safety, nutrition and other topics related to seniors. These highly qualified and trained caregivers are ready to help you and your loved ones with a variety of daily activities such as:

Personal care    /  Meal planning and preparation
Transportation to doctor appointments and other errands
Caring companionship    /  Light housekeeping
Medication reminders  /    Information and referral services

Our personalized, nurse- supervised services are available 7 days a week and
can range from a few hours a day to 24 hours and live in care.

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