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Lilacs & Greensleeves: Philips Lifeline

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Care4You is proud to have Philips Lifeline as our Community Partner. Thank you for everything you do in service to our community!

From Philips Lifeline:

America’s #1 Medical Alert Service Since 1974

“As part of Philips Healthcare, the commitment to innovative, quality care is in everything we do here at Lifeline. Whether it’s state-of-the-art lab equipment for hospitals or advanced consumer products for patients, Philips is dedicated to improving quality of life for individuals and families everywhere.

Our suite of aging-in-place solutions supports independent living and helping older Americans make the transition from hospital to home. As the leader in medical alert systems in the United States for over 40 years, we combine a steadfast commitment to innovating with a variety of services for your lifestyle and outstanding customer service. Our mission

Our mission is to transform the aging experience, making it better for older adults, caregivers and clinicians around the world by:

  • Delivering personalized services that provide quick, stellar support 24/7
  • Keeping customers as healthy as they can be through continual innovation
  • Enabling caregivers and healthcare providers with access to the information needed for better outcomes

We work to create solutions so seniors can live independently with grace and dignity in the place they call home. Innovative technology Philips Lifeline developed the first personal medical alert system in 1974, and we have been evolving the technology ever since. Our commitment to innovation has led to today’s light, comfortable, waterproof help buttons, quick system setup, and our AutoAlert automatic fall detection with 95 percent reliability. Recent advances include medical alert systems with GPS-based technology that helps our Call Center locate you, as well as the ability to connect to Lifeline from anywhere on the AT&T network and at millions of Wi-Fi® hotspots. The latest solution from Philips Lifeline, CareSage pairs our medical alert system with a wealth of aging and health data to improve patient care, giving healthcare professionals insights so they can intervene before problems occur.”

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: February is ‘Heart Health’ Month

  • Posted On February 1, 2017
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From the American Heart Association:

“Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the world. Stroke ranks second globally and is a leading cause of severe disability. Too many families are losing loved ones of all ages. Each year, these diseases kill more than 786,000 Americans, which is larger than the population of several states (Alaska, North Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming). Some form of cardiovascular disease affects more than one in every three adult Americans. Many suffer terribly from disabilities caused by these diseases. The American Heart Association wants everyone to understand the threat – and to know that cardiovascular diseases and stroke are largely preventable. Risks can be lowered by adhering to what we call Life’s Simple 7: not smoking, being physically active, maintaining a healthy body weight, eating a healthy diet, controlling blood pressure, controlling cholesterol and controlling blood sugar.”

Read more here about ‘Heart Health’ from the American Heart Association!

 

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Holiday Blues…Depression and the Elderly

  • Posted On December 9, 2016
  • Categorized In Awareness
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HOLIDAY BLUES: DEPRESSION AMONG THE ELDERLY

The holiday season offers many opportunities to spend quality time with family and friends. If you are a caregiver or family member of an aging loved one, you may observe a change in their mood or behavior during the holidays. You may notice unusual signs of fatigue or sadness or perhaps limited interest in the holiday season.

The winter holiday season (and the colder months which accompany it) can intensify feelings of sadness which aging seniors often experience. Most often it is not the holiday itself that cause these types of emotions among the elderly, rather the fact that the holidays tend to bring memories of earlier, perhaps happier times.

Symptoms to look for:

Depressed or irritable mood

Feelings of worthlessness or sadness

Expressions of helplessness

Anxiety

Loss of interest in daily activities

Loss of appetite

Weight loss

Lack of attention to personal care and hygiene

Fatigue

Difficulty concentrating

Irresponsible behavior

Obsessive thoughts about death and suicide

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: Professional Spotlight; Marci L. Barrett

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Care4You is very honored to have Marci L. Barrett as our Professional in the Spotlight. We appreciate you, Marci!

“Marci L. Barrett, a graduate of the University of Southern California Law School, has worked with families, businesses and individuals in all types of dispute resolution proceedings for over 25 years, first as an attorney and now as a specially trained meeting facilitator and mediator.  Known for being a thoughtful listener and creative problem solver, Marci now devotes her career to the early resolution of family and community conflicts.

Marci started her own mediation practice in 2009, after discovering that her key strength as an advocate was her ability to facilitate and negotiate. In 2012, with Cynthia Saffir, she co-founded Elder Resolution Partners, LLC, which provides communication strategy, meeting facilitation and mediation services to families throughout California.”

Mediation Training:

  • Loyola Law School Center for Conflict Resolution, Mediation Training
  • La Sierra University Center for Conflict Resolution, Essentials of Elder Family Mediation Training and Dealing with High Conflict Personalities
  • High Conflict Institute, New Ways for Mediation for High Conflict Disputes
  • Southern California Mediation Association, Elder Family Mediation Seminar
  • National Association of Insurance Professionals, Communicate with Confidence course and competition

Family Communication Strategists and Elder Care Mediators

P.O. Box 1586

Arcadia, CA 91077

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(310) 694-1455 or (626) 388-7083

Serving families and senior communities throughout Southern California.

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Mom isn’t what she used to be ~ M. Barrett

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Care4You welcomes Marci Barrett with one of her thoughtful and caring writings on the Holiday Blues. Thank you, Marci!

Holiday Blues: Mom isn’t quite what she used to be.

By: Marci L. Barrett

Family Communication Strategist and Eldercare Mediator

Elder Resolution Partners, LLC

“Holidays can be fun, joyous occasions, with family members gathering from near and far. Sometimes, the holidays are the only time of year we get to see family members who travel long distances to join in a family holiday celebration. But, sometimes we also see changes that we don’t understand or weren’t expecting, like an aging loved one who is uncontrollably sad, withdrawn or “just not up to” his or her normal holiday cheer.

While family reunions give us the opportunity to catch up, share memories and make new ones, they can also be eye-opening and stressful. One cause of stress may be that family members are seeing an aging loved one for the first time in months, and may be in shock and dismay when they come face to face with changes in a parent’s (or other loved one’s) physical or mental condition.

It is clear to everyone that something is wrong and needs to be done. But what?

Often the best place to start is with a family conversation, and what better time than now that the family is gathered. Gathering and sharing information is key. The family needs to discover and understand the aging loved one’s situation, identify available resources and, if the elder is able to participate in that discussion, find out what the elder is feeling, wants and needs. Once the situation is clarified, the family can start to explore options to fulfill the elder’s wishes and take care of his or her needs, now and in the future.

Without a doubt, these family discussions can be difficult. To engage in them, we have to acknowledge and admit our mom or dad’s situation is changing and that roles in the family have changed or will need to change. We have to talk about issues with which we may feel uncomfortable, such as the need to consult with a mental healthcare professional, undergo therapy or consider medication.

Not all families are accustomed to having family conversations. Some don’t know how to start such a conversation. Others don’t know how to talk without fighting over perceived past injustices or current differences of opinion.

A specially trained neutral family meeting facilitator can help in many ways, such as helping to get the conversation started, keeping it structured and focused, and making sure that all necessary participants are present and able to express their concerns and share their ideas for how to solve the problems. A meeting facilitator can help you identify and evaluate options, with the ultimate goal being for the family to create a unique plan that allows it to move forward having made the best decisions possible under the circumstances.”

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: Honoring our Veterans

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Care4You is honored to show our respect in remembering all of our wonderful Veterans on Veterans Day and always!

Please enjoy this special tribute to our Military Heroes with a special “Thank You’ to our Vietnam Veterans and all who served.

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History of Veterans Day

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities.  This photo was taken at 10:58 a.m., on November 11, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples….”

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: John Dolan, Veteran of the Month

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Care4You is very proud to have John E. Dolan as our Veteran of the Month! Mr. Dolan, we reach out to you with deep appreciation for your dedicated service to our country. Thank you, Sir!

Come with us and take a look at John Dolan’s history in the United States of America’s Armed Forces as he views photographs from his book of memories from World War II…

“John Edward Dolan served in the U.S. Army under General Mark Clark when he was 18 years old from June 1945 until January 1947 he served in Pisa, Italy; he served on the Fifth Army. The Fifth Army describes all the men that were stationed in Italy. He served as a military policeman and dealt with riots and he was responsible for bringing “deserters” back to their duty. Deserters were people who left the Army to make a life in Italy. Mr. Dolan also dealt with German prisoners of war. His unit received a unit citation which recognized the entire outfit and they received a merit for their duty. In honoring our Veterans,

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When he completed his two years of duty, he went to Drexel College for civil engineering. When he was 25 years old, he married Gina Dolan. They met at a dance hall and knew each other for two years before they were married. He said, “[He’s] been married for 64 years to the greatest woman to ever walk this earth.” John and Gina Dolan now reside in Pasadena, California.”