April 2015 Newsletter

Posted: May 4, 2015 6:39 pm

Behind Closed Doors: A Story of Hidden Decline 

Shay Jacobson, RN, MA, NMG, LNCC, CLNCP 
Martha Kern

When Donna moved to the big city with her sister as a young woman, eager to leave the farm and small town where she grew up, she never imagined she would one day have strangers at her door, deeply concerned about her welfare.

The adventure had, after all, started with such promise. She sought out the excitement of city living and found it, at least by the standards of the time, and got a job as a secretary at a fairly large company. She also very much enjoyed attending church services and working as a volunteer through the church whenever possible. She never married or had children, and instead enjoyed a life of work and faith.

And now, this. Having survived her parents and all of her five siblings, including the sister who moved with her to the city, Donna found herself losing ground. Managing life’s day-to-day tasks had become burdensome, impossible, at the age of 89. Her ability to keep herself fed, appropriately clothed and current with her bills diminished over time. Continue Reading

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The Dysfunctional Family: Providing Care in the Midst of Drama

Shay Jacobson, RN, MA, NMG, LNCC, CNLCP
Martha Kern

Families fight.

Some are loud and combustible, while others have slow-simmering feuds and long-standing resentments. There are spats, and there are wars.

Conflicts tend to erupt around holidays and other occasions that bring family members into the same airspace. When the occasion involves the failing health of a parent, family conflict can impact the patient, the care they receive and those who do their best to provide it. Continue Reading

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Colicky Dementia


By Shay Jacobson, RN, MA, NMG, LNCC, CNLCP

Dementia is a term that brings to mind a pleasantly confused, grandmotherly figure- sweet, gentle and easily re-directable. Adult children believe and trust that mom will only exhibit her most endearing qualities, be socially appropriate, and docilely follow the directions of her caregivers. But what happens when an already misfiring mind responds chaotically to the world around them veering drastically from the peaceful path.  Continue Reading

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