May 2015 Newsletter

Posted: June 5, 2015 6:27 pm
The Accidental Traveler: On the Road with Dementia
  
Shay Jacobson, RN, MA, NMG, LNCC, CLNCP 
Martha Kern

Ken, by all accounts, was missing.

His sister called to report that he had prematurely and abruptly ended his apartment lease, moved his belongings to storage, and set out for Florida in his car. He wasn’t answering his phone or responding to her frantic messages.

She explained that Ken struggles with words, not because he is shy, but because he has early-onset Alzheimer’s and primary progressive aphasia.

And he was out there alone, with no memory of the moments leading up to now, talking to strangers in his halting, labored style, and most assuredly heading for some kind of trouble.

It was time to call the police. Continue Reading

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Practical Tips for Special Needs Planning

 

Stephen Sutera

With the gracious permission of Attorney Steve Sutera of The Law Offices of Stephen Sutera, we offer an insightful article that examines the unique planning requirements of families who have loved ones with special needs. Steve is well-versed in the area of special needs planning, and emphasizes here the associated pitfalls. An understanding of these hazards is a must for all who assist families with children, grandchildren or other loved ones (such as parents) with special needs. Continue Reading

 

It’s a Sign:  
How Your Clients are Showing You They Need More Help

 

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

Many of us have the good fortune of serving clients over a span of years.  We live through various life events with them and, in many cases, we ride the long wave of decline with them as they age, endure setbacks, stage rallies and – sometimes – cross a cognitive or physical bridge that makes fully independent life impossible.

How convenient it would be if the cognitive and physical changes that trigger a need for assistance would just appear one day and wave a flag for the rest of us to see.  Strokes, falls, fractures and other boldly announced reversals do, in fact, signal to us that a change of circumstances may be warranted.  Often, though, the slide from full independence to more needful conditions is subtle and slow, and quite frequently it is hidden.  The client, perhaps owing to pride or fear or a hope that the situation will pass, is prone to keeping small lapses and new deficiencies under wraps. Continue Reading

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