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November is National Family Caregivers Month

Posted on: November 08 2016

November is National Family Caregivers Month   Being a Family Caregiver is hard work. I know this from experience. Family Caregiving is both deeply satisfying and stressful. It can be physically demanding and emotionally draining. You are with a loved one but often feel alone. Then there is the financial piece: this is not a paid position and there are no sick days or health insurance. When providing this unpaid care, your own financial future is at risk since zero contributions are going into social security or a retirement fund. Family Caregiving is a full-time invisible job, and for...

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The Politics of Family Caregiving

Posted on: October 14 2016

'Tis the season of heavy politicking. Why not include the politics of family caregiving? I have read a bunch of articles recently about the subject. Unfortunately, like with most of the current political acrimony in our country, these articles have also left me feeling depressed. To be clear, it’s not the content of these articles, it’s the practically non-existent outcomes.     No matter where you see yourself on the political spectrum, I bet we can all agree that not much is getting done in our country. According to Gallup, the last time even 25 of...

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Back to School With Alzheimer’s

Posted on: September 27 2016

Alzheimer’s in School It’s September - school is back in session and I recently came across a few articles I want to share. The first, from Colorado Public Radio about intergenerational learning where a group of seventh graders in Denver were involved in a service learning project featuring seniors with Alzheimer’s. The second article is within the first one as a link to England’s Intergenerational Schools Project. In 2012, the UK Alzheimer’s Society began working on the Dementia4Schools Project as part of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on...

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The End of Alzheimer’s Starts With You and Me

Posted on: September 19 2016

The End Of Alzheimer's Starts With You That is the one of the Alzheimer's Association slogans. Yesterday was the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Shelburne, Vermont. The Walk is the Alzheimer’s Association’s largest national event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Vermont Walks were held in Rutland and St. Johnsbury earlier this month; the last one is in Bennington on September 25.   This was my first Walk. As the daughter and former full-time Caregiver to a parent with dementia, I was very moved. It...

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The Cycles of Life Part 7

Posted on: September 13 2016

Throughout these Cycles of Life posts, I have mentioned “list” several times. In this age of technology, I must admit that I am a fan of good old-fashioned paper. Don’t get me wrong, I love my smart phone and use it all the time but I also have a binder and a notebook for each of my parents. I find the binder is very helpful at doctor appointments and especially during a hospital visit or stay. The binder allows me to add, maintain and find their health care information easily plus I don't need...

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The Longest Day on Monday June 20th

Posted on: June 17 2016

This Monday, Armistead Senior Care is participating in The Longest Day, an Alzheimer’s Association® event held annually on the summer solstice – the longest day of the year. The Longest Day is a team event to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer's Association®. This event symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with the disease and their Caregivers.   We will be hosting a BBQ lunch at both our Vermont and New Hampshire locations for our Caregiver's and community members. At 4:00 pm, we will attend the Rally on the Church...

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April is National Volunteer Month-Spotlight on Dan

Posted on: April 29 2016

It is very fitting that April's last volunteer post is about Dan Feeney, an owner and Board Member of Armistead Senior Care and an owner and President of North Star Leasing Company. Last night was the Vermont Alzheimer's Association 7th annual Reason to Hope Dinner. Dan Feeney was honored as this year's recipient of the Community Leadership and Activist Award. Dan is well-deserving of this award; he has been a community volunteer and leader since he and his wife, Amy, moved to Burlington in 1990. Dan has been a philanthropic force in his community by helping to...

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