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Staying Cool and Safe in a Heat Wave

Posted on: July 15 2013

The weatherman on WCAX Channel 3 News says that we are in for a possible heat wave this week. A heat wave means we can expect temperatures to be in the 90’s for the next three or more days. At my house we only have fans to keep cool. I make sure to blow in nice, cool morning air and then draw all the shades closed to keep my upstairs cool and dark. This makes for a more bearable day if we need to be upstairs. Since I have young children, I also stock up on popsicles and insist...

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Reflections on being 80 by Oliver Sachs

Posted on: July 08 2013

Oliver Sachs recently wrote a lovely opinion piece in the New York Times Called “The Joy of Old Age (No Kidding)”. As you may know, he is a professor of neurology at N.Y.U. School of Medicine. Dr. Sachs is the author of several award-winning books including “Musical Minds” and “Awakenings”. “Awakenings” was later adapted into a film starring Robert DeNiro and Robin Williams and was nominated for an Academy Award. Here is a link to the essay. I hope you enjoy it. I know I did. http://www.nytimes...

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Visiting the Capital Region

Posted on: June 28 2013

I had the pleasure of visiting the Schenectady, New York branch of Armistead Caregiver Services last week. It was the first time away from my daughter, Lucy, so I was a bit nervous. As you probably have guessed Lucy was absolutely fine and I think the break was good for both of us. Chris does the outreach for the Capital Region branch and she’s helped start a very cool group of professionals who serve seniors and their families in one capacity or another. I went to the Schenectady branch because Armistead was hosting a networking event and...

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Managing Stress and Anxiety for Seniors

Posted on: June 19 2013

Happy Summer! It has finally stopped raining, the sun is out and the temperature is climbing. This week I’m happy to bring you an article by Ryan Rivera. Ryan is a stress reduction and anxiety specialist. He runs a website about anxiety called calmclinic.com. Enjoy the article and please make sure to visit his website at www.calmclinic.com for more useful information about stress and anxiety reduction. Being Aware of Stress in the Elderly: Detect Signs and Manage Stress Some people may think that the most stressful part of life comes during the middle. With...

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A World of Support- A Family and Caregiver Info Series

Posted on: June 10 2013

Did you know that Armistead has partnered with the Arbors in Shelburne to host a monthly support group for family and professional caregivers for over 7 years? It’s a unique group because the focus is support AND education. The first part of the group brings experts from the community to talk about a whole host of issues affecting caregivers including managing difficult behaviors, financial and legal planning, housing, care options and much more. The support group has been renamed A World of Support- A Family and Caregiver Info Series. It meets on the third Wednesday of every month...

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Celebrate Lewy Body Dementia Association’s 10th Anniversary by Creating LBD Awareness

Posted on: June 03 2013

Today I wanted to focus on the Lewy Body Dementia Association as it reaches its 10-year anniversary as an association. I know they have been working tirelessly to educate the public about this disease and to provide support to those with a diagnosis and their caregivers. Here is a press a little more information about the group and their efforts to raise awareness.

Celebrate Lewy Body Dementia Association’s 10th Anniversary by Creating LBD Awareness Volunteers are “Standing Strong with LBDA” to promote awareness.

  ATLANTA — (May 20, 2013) — This year marks...

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Summer Cruises

Posted on: May 28 2013

I wanted to let you know about a very cool organization called Celebrating Seniors, which was co-founded by a former Armistead employee, Jeanne Comouche and our current Outreach Coordinator, Diane Way. Celebrating Seniors has a mission which is to create, coordinate and promote opportunities for seniors to come together for social community events and activities. They are holding several senior cruises this summer on Thursdays from 2-3:30pm. The cruise takes place on the Spirit of Ethan Allen and includes live music and dessert. Admission is only $16.99 per person. Here’s a list of them if you&rsquo...

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