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Tips for Avoiding Elderly Heat Stroke & Exhaustion

Posted on: July 05 2017

I think it's safe to say that summer has finally arrived here in Vermont and New Hampshire. Hot weather is dangerous, and seniors are particularly prone to its threat. Elderly heat stroke and heat exhaustion are a real problem. Please check on your older family, friends, and neighbors, especially if they do not have access to air conditioning.  There are several reasons for elderly heat vulnerability. People's ability to notice changes in their body temperature decreases with age. Many seniors also have underlying health conditions that make them less able to adapt to heat. Furthermore, many...

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Spotlight On Our Caregivers-Jillian

Posted on: February 08 2017

Armistead Senior Care continues to shine a spotlight on our incredible Caregivers who give their hearts and souls to our clients each and every day. They are out in the community making a difference by sharing their compassion and skills in caring for our clients and allowing them to age in place. Today's spotlight belongs to Jillian. Although Jillian has only been with Armistead since June, she is a highly motivated young woman. She has recently earned her LNA license and has applied to enter nursing school this fall. Jillian comes from a family of nurses and ultimately,...

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Spotlight on Our Caregivers-Maria

Posted on: November 29 2016

Armistead Senior Care would like to shine a spotlight on our incredible Caregivers who give their hearts and souls to our clients each and every day.   Maria has been with Armistead since 2014 and feels that the most important qualities of a Caregiver are patience, empathy, and respect. She exhibits all of these important qualities while meeting and developing relationships with her clients-learning about their lives, providing assistance to them and honoring who they are now.   Her father was in the United States Information Agency, therefore Maria and her siblings grew up in such places as Thailand, Germany,...

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Spotlight on Our Caregivers-Karey

Posted on: November 10 2016

In conjunction with National Family Caregiver Month, Armistead Senior Care would like to shine a spotlight on our incredible Caregivers who give their hearts and souls to our clients each and every day. Many started out by being a family caregiver and now they are out in the community making a difference by sharing their compassion and skills in caring for our clients and allowing them to age in place.   Karey has been with Armistead Senior Care for seven years and has been a Caregiver for nine. She enjoys getting to meet different people and getting to know...

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Downsizing Article -The New York Times

Posted on: July 26 2016

I am sharing this article published online by The New York Times last week. It addresses many common situations and emotions faced by our loved ones and those that are helping them with their next Cycle of Life. Here is the original article. Helping the Elderly Downsize By KAYA LATERMAN JULY 22, 2016 In her long career as a psychiatrist, Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross has been described by friends and colleagues as practical and calm. But two other traits, humor and patience, went right out the window when she decided to downsize. “You ask yourself what you want to keep, and...

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The Cycles Of Life Part 4

Posted on: July 16 2016

Now that you have done some research and are aware of some resources, compile a list of them and share it with your siblings or other family members. Ideally, you are having relaxed, on-going conversations with your loved ones about their health and lots of other matters-now it is time to bring up “the future.” Asking them to envision where they see themselves getting older can be a great conversation starter. Ask open-ended questions and give them time and space to answer. Over the course of these conversations discuss as many scenarios, as possible. Some examples include...

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The Cycles of Life Part 2

Posted on: May 26 2016

Try to embrace this new cycle; now instead of you being the focus of your  parent’s lives, they need some attention from you. Take an interest in their social life, discuss their hobbies, find out who their close friends are (ask for their phone numbers at some point), and try to make time to see them on a regular basis if you live nearby. If you live far away, schedule a weekly phone call or video chat. Play games with them, either in person or online. I know that you are very busy but taking time...

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