Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Home for the Holidays, Check List

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By Fay Abrahamsson, Courier Senior Staff Writer:

During the holidays, there’s one thing that registered nurse Barbara Katz can count on, and she’s not talking tree lighting or eggnog. She knows she will receive numerous phone calls from adults anxious over their elderly parents. especially if they have Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.

“Adult children come to visit their aging parent who they haven’t seen in a while and notice a striking difference,” said Katz, who is also director of clinical program development at VNA Community Healthcare in Guilford. “A year can make a big difference in a senior’s ability to cope.”

This time of year when families visit families, adult children, especially in the 50- to 60-year age group, call the VNA Community Healthcare in a panic about changes they see in their mother or father.

“You may find that the situation is an emergency that requires residential placement but in most cases, you will find that you can, with competent help, keep your parent independent at home much longer,” Katz adds.

For the holidays, and other times of the year when children visit their parents such as Mother’s Day or a family...read the whole post

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