Zest For Life #elderlyissues #atozchallenge

  A ha so this is the last day of the April A to Z challenge. How was it for you? I looked back briefly on a few of my precious A to Z challenges:   One challenge  I had planned on illustrating a month of my dragon stories. I broke my wrist one month Continue reading “Zest For Life #elderlyissues #atozchallenge”

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”

What Would We do Without Water? #hydration #health #elderlyissues #atozchallenge

Most of my clients don’t need to pump their own water though some are on well water. I recently got a call from adopted family in Africa. ” My wife is sick and the baby is bloated.There are no resources and no medicine and the hospitals are out of reach.” Have your wife lay downContinue reading “What Would We do Without Water? #hydration #health #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”

Time Goes Too Fast #elderlyissues #atozchallenge #photography #poetry

  Time… moves as the sun faster than we run a round face with hands a circular plan each hour marked never light never dark Time moves without thinking heart beat quickly ticking a baby’s yawn before early dawn colors beam time  day on one side  ebbs the flow of the tide aging woman, manContinue reading “Time Goes Too Fast #elderlyissues #atozchallenge #photography #poetry”

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”

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