Telling people how you feel can be a scary thing. I don't mean the way that your senior members of the family do it. It's as if the governor on the golf car has been removed and there is no stopping their mouths, opinions or nastiness. I don't mean that.
A simple resolution if you care for someone at their home, in a facility or simply have a special person you visit frequently, tell them anything nice that strikes you about them. Don't wait.
The song by Seals & Croft, "We May Never Pass This Way Again" is so true when it comes to those with health needs, the elderly, the infirmed. Don't let the love or pleasant thoughts in your head stay stashed away.
I'm a member of a non-profit, Binky Patrol. We make blankets for children and teens in hospitals and shelters and give them away. Sometimes we get a lot of blankets. Life gets busy and we don't always deliver them right away. That doesn't do anyone any good. Blankets in a closet bring no comfort. Same with kind words for those who need home health care, special home medical support and just those who may not get out that much. Tell them the thought in your head that made you smile. Don't miss the opportunity.
My mom had Alzheimer's for several years. I tried to apply this concept to every visit with her. In her case, I could tell her the same compliment each time and she was just as thrilled as hearing it for the first time. She knew I was sincere and didn't notice I complimented her on her eyes, hair or laugh every time I saw her. She beamed.
On the flipside of this, don't think you need to clear the air with everyone at every opportunity. Check your motives. Are you doing it to truly make life better for them, or just to play out some anger, old tapes or past behavior by getting it off your chest? No one needs you to barf on their shoes when they see you. You won't change them with your "revelations" and "truths." But you may cause more pain. Throw it to the wind or wish it into the cornfield and be done with it. No one ever made the world a better place by spewing bile at people.
If you think about it, running your life is sort of like running a business. There are budgets, tasks, deadlines, entertainment, accounting practices, vacation time and healthcare. Ah, to be like Google where we had no business plan and just roll with it each day with each new trend - that would be the life! It's just not reality.
Reading this article on FastCompany made me think abou this topic:
Google's Business Strategy: Have No Business Strategy
Serial innovators like Google give employees time to explore ideas -- even though some of those ideas turn into massive failures, writes Tim Harford in Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure.
None of us are getting any younger. As we age, we may face tough decisions. Put Mom in a nursing home? Try to take care of your husband at home? What's the right thing to do? What are the options?
Consider these facts:
By the year 2030, 20% of all U.S. residents will be over age 65. At that time, 32 states will have populations that look like Florida today. Census, 2000
Thirteen percent of homeowners age 62 and older (2.5 million) need help with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) or Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs). Sixteen percent have difficulty with these everyday activities, but can still do them on their own. National Council on Aging, 2005
More than two-thirds of all older people who need help with everyday tasks live at home, including more than 70% of those with Alzheimer’s disease. U.S. Dept. Health and Human Services 2003, Alzheimer’s Association 2005
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Ever have a Senior Moment? Yeah, me too. I hate it when I get on the phone and forget who I was calling! I do have several members of family that suffer from Alzheimer's. So it's hard not to wonder....
There was an old lady from Keizer. She forgot things, but none was the wiser. She called Pac Med twice a day, She always forgot what to say. But they were always happy to advise her.
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From The Today Show:
More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's Disease, according to the Alzheimer's Association, and almost 11 million people are unpaid caregivers to someone with Alzheimer's -- usually family members. Taking care of someone with dementia can be frustrating, lonely and heartbreaking. But there is help, and hope. Experts urge caregivers to reach out for support, and offer these tips for coping.
From the Oregonian: "Generation Alzheimer's," an analysis released Thursday, reports that as the post-World War II babies begin to turn 65, their risk doubles every five years. Up to 10 million boomers can expect to develop the disease, for which there is no prevention or cure.
Hard hit will be states with more boomers like Oregon. About 76,000 Oregonians have Alzheimer's today. That number is expected to nearly double by 2030 when the last baby boomers turn 65, says Judy McKellar, executive director of the Alzheimer's Association-Oregon chapter.