The Growing Problem Of Family Elder Care


Long Term Care (LTC) does not mean nursing homes, assisted living centers, and home health care. It means that someone needs assistance and someone to provide that assistance. LTC means that the need for assistance will extend beyond thirty days. It means that regardless of age you might need someone to care for you. Traffic accidents, industrial mishaps, heart attacks, strokes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and a host of other catastrophes happen to people every day, leaving thousands of people disabled. These unfortunate people require LTC. If you pick up the newspaper almost any day you will read about a person in their 20s or 30s that just had a heart attack or a stroke. You don’t get over a stroke like you get over a cold. You need rehabilitation and that takes time. A long time.

Now my husband’s situation is very different. His father passed away this past year as well. That leaves his mother who is in her eighties and mentally she’s sharp as a tack. No Alzheimer’s there. However, she does have some health issues that requires someone available to help her pretty much around the clock. A big concern is that mother is adamantly opposed to the whole idea of going to any sort of an Memory Care Communities McKinney TX or nursing facility. My husband’s older sister volunteered to take her mother in and tend to her care. That is a very generous and monumental decision to be sure.

And she turned, went to her room, sat on her bed and wept. She wanted, they all wanted, the life in which they had mattered to people they loved. A life in which commitment and purpose was clear. A life that made sense. Not this strange empty overcrowded meaningless world of dementia in which they found themselves lost.

The rest of the day consisted of going to several networking events to meet new elderly care providers in the Knoxville area and getting up appointments to meet them later and review their facilities to make sure they were appropriate for future clients that may need their services. This included pulling state survey reports on the nursing home and reviewing their licensure inspections.

Dark Chocolate is good for your brain – This isn’t just a chocoholic’s excuse to get more chocolate into their life! Recent scientific data backs up the fact that the flavonoids in dark chocolate are natural antioxidants that boost memory.

Games are good – Schedule a weekly game night for mind stimulation combined with fun with your family and/or friends. Get a few friends together once a week and you will find that by making this mental work out social, your spirits will improve alongside your memory. Board games like Scrabble, Chess and Boggle require a great deal of mind activity – making them ideal for memory improvement!

Vary the pace. One attendee kept falling asleep during my presentation. To get her attention, I switched the order of my presentation, and passed around books I had written. The woman woke up and stayed awake for the remainder of my talk. I also told a few funny stories to keep audience members alert.