Communication-Aging Parents and The Children who Know Best?

Communication-Aging Parents and The Children who Know Best? When I was in college, I was studying to be a Social Worker and pondering how I could best serve humanity. I had a good friend who had known my parents and I for a long time. I announced to...

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Easy Ways to Stay Independent at Home as you Age

This post may contain affiliate links and we may earn compensation when you click on the link at no additional cost to you Many challenges of aging and living alone can be easily remedied. Perhaps you are having some challenges with aging or you have...

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The Good in the Bad!

The Good in the Bad! Danielle Bonney McPherson March 18th, 2020   We can always find something good in what seems bad. We are all feeling the effects of the Coronavirus in this uncertain time. It is especially apparent in the social...

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Self-Care Experiment-It May Be Time to Prioritize Ourselves!

   Most of us are caring for someone, better than we care for ourselves. In my work with seniors, I am always telling their stressed, busy loved ones to make time for yourself, take care of yourself, or you won’t be able to take...

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I Thought She had Nothing to Teach Me?

She sat in a green velvet chair, white hair in a bun, quietly reading, and saying very little of any depth. She called me her duckling, which was sweet, but we never had a conversation. When she went to church, her only venture out of the house, her...

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How Can A Care Manager Help?

People sometimes ask me, “Could you just come over and help us make a plan for our future?” I love to hear this, because it means that they are thinking ahead about challenges and transitions that may come up as they age. When I worked as...

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Memory Loss Assistance

This is a helpful note written to a woman’s friend who is suffering with short term memory loss. Although she does not have Alzheimer’s type dementia, she does need memory loss assistance. Because I work in Senior Care with many people who...

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An Important Conversation

Last Thursday evening I gathered with members of my community at the Kennebunk Town Hall for an important conversation with Ellen Goodman, a former Globe columnist, Pulitzer Prize winner, and founder of The Conversation Project. She spoke to a packed...

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Ethical Wills

I never knew my Great Grandmother, Martine. She died before I was born. I know she was French Canadian and came to Goose Rocks Beach, Maine every summer to run her own hotel. She was a business woman and she worked very hard. I know she was a great...

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Place the Oxygen Mask on Yourself First-Care for the Caregiver

One of the most prevalent issues I see in my work is how someone’s memory loss and confusion affect the loved one who is caring for them. In some rare cases family members all pitch in to help and support one another, but that is not the...

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