Yesterday’s Lilac #elderlyissues #aging #atozchallenge

Hold me… I am a broken, colorful fragrant remnant of yesterday * Remember me… when I was alive, thriving extracted from a beautiful whole * Understand me… for who I am today a relic, don’t pull me to pieces * Cherish me… for what I was what I am and what I might still be…Continue reading “Yesterday’s Lilac #elderlyissues #aging #atozchallenge”

eXplanation #elderlyissues #atozchallenge

“Can you tell me?” “What would you like to know?” With Dementia we often will be asked the same questions every shift or 10 times every shift. I find the more confused a client is the more they can loop around a similarity. “When is my friend Felicia coming?” “We called. She’s on her way?”Continue reading “eXplanation #elderlyissues #atozchallenge”

Our View #elderlyissues #atozchallenge

As a caregivers we may have clear ideas of what our family member needs. After all in many cases we have known them our entire lives. “My father only likes tuna fish for lunch. It’s all he ever eats.” My client eyes my salad so I give him some tomatoes and carrots. Our view intoContinue reading “Our View #elderlyissues #atozchallenge”

Uncovering Needs #elderlyissues #atozchallenge

I have found that working with the elderly is like digging for treasure – I am never disappointed with what I find. There are times (especially with dementia) that we must uncover their needs or what makes them happy. Every person has things that have meaning. It could be an activity like going to theContinue reading “Uncovering Needs #elderlyissues #atozchallenge”

Searching #poetry #art #elderlyissues #atozchallenge

      so easy when we’re small no words need be expressed I’m wading in the mud and now I am depressed I lost my very thought went through my fingertips a momentary drop there’s so much I have missed   Searching when we are young seems part of the mystery of learning. TheContinue reading “Searching #poetry #art #elderlyissues #atozchallenge”

Quiet and Loud #elderlyissues #atozchallenge

Its an odd pace  elderly and sound Some need quiet others quite loud With aging comes the issue of hearing loss. It is not the case with every person, however. I also notice that hard of hearing people can hear things when they really want to hear what you are saying. “I know you areContinue reading “Quiet and Loud #elderlyissues #atozchallenge”

Parkinsons – not welcome #elderlyissues #atozchallenge #poetry

Hard to move hands and feet are one with metal I’m pushing my stroller big wheels are on a wheelchair I want to slump in fatigue enveloped in an old body muscles feel like jello “Keep moving” “Reach for the Moon”   There is no easy diagnosis for the elderly. Parkinsons joins the ranks ofContinue reading “Parkinsons – not welcome #elderlyissues #atozchallenge #poetry”

O to be an Ostrich #atozchallenge #elderlyissues

beautiful and sleek pulled  by the years wrinkly neck As women age, our eyes have lines, our hands are wrinkled and our necks sag. So unlike the ostrich with the beautiful long neck. The elderly need to have a good overview of their health. But obsessing on their diseases can be a greater stress thanContinue reading “O to be an Ostrich #atozchallenge #elderlyissues”

Nexus #elderlyissues #atozchallenge

    For the elderly person the nexus of life can be chronic illness. Its the one thing so many share. My husband’s brothers all talk about the illnesses they share or how many times they go to the doctor – uggh.  Disease (doctors) might seem like the core of life but it doesn’t needContinue reading “Nexus #elderlyissues #atozchallenge”

Moms and Memory #elderlyissues #atozchallenge

Morning Glory Trail sun rises with a smile her hands still agile *** We are fortunate my mother still has an agile mind and a healthy body. As our moms age, we go through denial, look for the person she was, put the remaining pieces together in a way we can deal with. Many ofContinue reading “Moms and Memory #elderlyissues #atozchallenge”

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