Delores Peich
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As I sit here at my desk today, I am reflecting on all that has happened this year.

I left a “career job” I had had for 22 years, not knowing what the change would bring. I can say wholeheartedly that it was the best decision of my life. I loved my former job, but for a few years, I had really been thinking a lot about a change, not knowing what kind of change I would want or need. Joining Assisted Transition has proved to me more than I never imagined! The ‘coincidence’ that this job opportunity came to me on the first anniversary of my Mom’s death, was Divine Intervention. Not by accident!

As many of us begin to see a light at the end of the tunnel, with our kids almost out of the house and college loans beginning to be paid off, another big obstacle is thrown in our way. We find ourselves being sandwiched between our own adult (or nearly adult) children and our parents. Suddenly, we are struck with the responsibility of having to make decisions for our parents when their health begins to fail and they can no longer live alone safely in their own homes. We may have noticed Mom or Dad forgetting appointments, asking the same questions repeatedly, or even letting their yards or housekeeping go, when they used to be so meticulous. These are really important signs to watch for and can sometimes mean other things in their lives are slipping. Don’t wait until your parents are not able to make important decisions on their own. Here are some suggestions for starting “The Conversation” with your Mom and Dad.

About a month ago, a friend gave me the idea to ‘adopt’ an assisted living community for the holidays, perhaps one where the residents don’t get a lot of visitors. I put a few phone calls in to places I was familiar with, and immediately received a call for help. Coincidentally, it was the same community my mother had lived at for ten years. I couldn’t say no to their request.

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She had been kind of ‘out of it’ from the time I arrived for dinner. The memory care center where my Mom lived always had activities going on and once a month they held a Candlelight Dinner. This was a neat time, because I was able to go to these dinners with my Dad, sit at lovely tables (all decorated beautifully) and enjoy whatever type of entertainment they had booked for the evening. This was their annual Holiday Candlelight Dinner and I was a little nervous about how she would do. Mom lived at a fairly small place, so these dinners usually had about 50 people total in attendance. Usually, I could get Mom to get into a conversation with me, but not tonight. She just wasn’t in the mood. She was sullen, looked tired and appeared as though she would rather be in her room than in this beautiful dining area. Dementia is funny like that. Good days and bad days, sometimes even hour to hour her emotional state could change and tonight she was NOT in the mood. At the front of the room was an upright piano. Then the ‘entertainment’ arrived.

So, I was in a breakfast meeting the other day, and my friend Kevin (who is also my financial planner) was talking about retirement planning, and strategies to make sure we have ‘enough’ to actually retire…in the not so distant future! Many of us have waited until our 40′s or 50′s to SERIOUSLY start making a plan, so in 15 years or so, we can actually retire and start doing some things we have always wanted to do. Some of us have already done some of our bucket list trips, but the majority of people in my circle are putting these indulgences off so that they are ‘prepared’ to do them on a ‘retirement’ income.

In honor of National American Heart Health Month, I thought I’d spend a few minutes going over some really great strategies to keep both our loved ones and ourselves on the right track to keep our hearts in great shape!

A loved one with dementia faces lots of challenges and difficulties on a daily basis, but often, it’s the caregiver that suffers most.

As I sit here this morning, I am getting more and more excited because tomorrow I get to go to Arizona to visit my Aunt, Great Aunt (95 years old), and cousins. The funny part about this is that my Mom was an only child. So…how do I have Aunts and cousins?

Did you know that each year, National Activity Professionals (those angels who coordinate and run all the great activities in our Assisted Living Communities) are acknowledged and celebrated for an entire week? This year, it’s from the 19th to 24th of January! These amazing human beings spend their time brainstorming and creating all sorts of activities to keep our seniors engaged and help to keep their brains active and functioning. This is no easy task! Most people think that activities in Assisted Living communities consist of bingo and trivia games, but there is so much more to what they do.

 

I try to make my weekly blogs come from personal experience and my family is completely okay with me doing this.  I wanted to share a little about the journey I’ve taken with my Mother’s 17 year journey with Dementia.

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Over this past year, I have met with and helped many, many people when the time has come to look for additional help for an aging parent or loved one. I am sometimes asked exactly what it is I do, and why I am needed? I have been asked what ‘the big deal’ is, and why shouldn’t they just be able to handle this process on their own? If you’ve ever been in a situation where a friend or family member needed some additional help, you know there is a LOT to it.

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