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Celebrating Dad

Comments Off on Celebrating DadWritten on August 4th, 2014 by
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Road trip to the beach.

A summer birthday celebration!

Sand, surf, family, fun.

Twenty family members strong:

 two sons, three daughters, two son- in-laws and a daughter-in-law,

nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

  Happy 88th Dad! 

Same place next year?

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The Full Montie…

Comments Off on The Full Montie…Written on July 27th, 2014 by
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Meet Montie, 17 pounds of kind, gentle love.  Whether Montie’s visiting with older people in their homes or in residential care facilities, Montie knows how to draw a smile out of the most stoic of individuals.  He’ll sit peacefully with folks on their laps or snuggle up with them on their beds. Montie goes wherever he’s needed. Everybody needs a purpose in life, and Montie has found his, providing companionship and cheer to many older individuals. He may be the smallest and quietest member of our Elder Care Connections of Vermont team, but he is pure heart.  When Montie is not out on his visits, he enjoys riding in cars and in boats; playing with his squeaker toys in the backyard and visiting with his fellow Westie friend, Dillon.

Let us know if you’d like Montie to come visit you!

Laughter…Spread the Joy of It!

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  Laughter….It’s Contagious

I was at a residential care home the other day when I stopped to greet a resident. This woman is wheelchair bound.  All aspects of her living are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and she rarely speaks. But the other day, for whatever reason, when I greeted her by name, she smiled at me, and then started to chuckle and then the chuckle turned into a full blown laugh.  Without control, my emotions mirrored her own. I first smiled, then chuckled and then found myself laughing and laughing as I knelt by her side. I’d never experienced such a spontaneous reaction with an individual this far progressed with Alzheimer’s. It was pure joy.  A staff member walked up to us with a big smile and asked what was so funny. How would you have responded?

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Ten Signs It May Really Be Springtime in Vermont

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We Know it’s April, but Here Are Ten Signs It May Really be Springtime in Vermont

   1.There’s no snow in the weather forecast for the first time since last year.

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2.The ice on Lake Champlain is no longer thick enough to drive a car over.

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3. This sound greets you in the morning rather than the howling of a cold wind:


4. And if you follow the sound, maybe you’ll see this:

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5. The snow is nearly melted and March Madness has been replaced by mud madness.

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 6. Ben & Jerry’s just had free cone day:

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7. There are only weeks left to sign up for the Vermont City Marathon.

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8.  It was 40 degrees the other morning and my daughter broke out her flip flops.

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9. Days are getting longer and we’re all feeling more energized and hopeful.

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10. Complaints about the long, cold, snowy winter are replaced with joy and gratitude for sunny days and signs of spring.

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Congratulations everyone!  We made it through another Vermont winter!

A Balancing Act Made Easier

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How to Care for Your Aging Parent

AND Keep Your Day Job

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Well, it’s a dilemma for sure, this balancing act of trying to help manage the health issues facing your aging parent and staying focused on your day job.  How can it not be?   Read the following five reasons below and if even one reason rings true, we can help you.

1. Taking care of your aging parent has forced you to take time off from work and is making it difficult to meet professional or family obligations.

2. You’re preoccupied with anxiety and worry about the safety and well-being of your parent.

3. You and your siblings are in disagreement about how best to manage the care of your parent.

4. You’re unsure of what resources are available and how best to access needed services for your parent.

5. Your physical health and emotional well-being are compromised because you’re neglecting your own needs to care for your loved one.

 Call us at Elder Care Connections of Vermont, 802-999-9172 or 802-324-6562.  We’re here to help.

Taking Care of Yourself

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February 12, 2014

OK. For those of you who are caregivers, whether for a parent or for a child, and God help those of you from the Sandwich Generation, caring for both a parent and a child, listen up. Here is your most important New Year’s resolution of 2014:

Take Care of Yourself.

And this is followed up with:

 Guilt Shall Not Control Your Actions.

Caregiving can require endless energy and patience.  If you don’t come up for a breath every now or then, preferably at least once a day, you’ll suffer. And guilt is such a powerful excuse to put others’ needs before your own.  So take back your power. You are important.  Exercise daily. Read something for fun. Take a walk with a friend. Do something, anything that’s just for you.  You’re worth it.

A Typical Day in the Life of a Geriatric Care Manager

Comments Off on A Typical Day in the Life of a Geriatric Care ManagerWritten on January 15th, 2014 by
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January 15, 2014

When asked to describe a typical day for us at Elder Care Connections of Vermont, it’s challenging as every day is unique and filled with surprises.

We are blessed to work with interesting individuals and families. We travel miles along the beautiful roads of Vermont daily to check in on our clients and we are often awestruck when we catch a glimpse of our gorgeous Green Mountains or Lake Champlain along our route.   Our work is based primarily in Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties- however we have been known to drive as far south as Brattleboro if needed.

We love our time with the people we are fortunate enough to work with; the richness of their history and experiences and the honor of working with such incredible people brings us great joy.   We give our all to our work and we get so much back in the joy and gratitude we find daily from the people we work with.

When we are not with our clients, we are often on the phone with physicians, healthcare providers, caregiving agencies, and families setting up and coordinating necessary appointments, answering community resource questions, linking people with needed supports, and guiding people who are feeling alone or overwhelmed to the help they need.  We are both kind and compassionate but can become fierce advocates if our clients are not getting the support they need.

We are on call 24/7 as our clients are like family to us and we want to know if there is an emergency in the middle of the night.  The fast pace and 24/7 schedule is not for everyone but we both consider ourselves incredibly lucky to have found each other and to do work that makes a positive impact daily.   Each day is a gift to help others, to increase our knowledge, to strengthen our ability to stay calm in any crisis, to be flexible and to think creatively and to be compassionate.  We are grateful.

June 2013

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Help…I Need Somebody! Help…Not Just Anybody!

 During this time of year of weddings and graduations, we are struck by how each new stage of life brings its own joys and challenges.  People who navigate the most successfully tend to be those who are able to recognize when they need help and who are able to reach out and accept this help from others.

We all need others in our lives whether we are a 17 year-old high school senior, a 27 year-old bride to be or a 77 year-old grandfather.  It has been said that relationships are the source of our greatest joy and greatest pain.

One of the most difficult things for many adult children is when they realize that they may need to start taking a more active role in the lives of their parents.   This can be a lonely and difficult time for all concerned.   Your parents may be feeling the words that John Lennon wrote….                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “When I was younger so much younger than today,  I never needed anybody’s help in any way….      And now my life has changed in oh so many ways.  My independence seems to vanish in the haze.     But every now and then I feel so insecure.  I know that I just need you like I’ve never done before.”

 Part of our joy of working with families is serving as a reminder that they are not alone and help is always here!   Let us help you get “your feet back on the ground”.                                                                                                                 We are Elder Care Connections of Vermont.

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May 2013

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May 2013

Come Run, Rollerblade, Walk or Bike!

Help Raise Money for the

Vermont Respite House

We are looking forward to running in this beautiful event.  It has become an annual tradition, and we love supporting the Vermont Respite House. 

Please join us this Saturday, May 11, 2013 for the

22nd Annual Fun Run & Jiggety Jog!

 Vermont Respite House supports residents and their loved ones by helping them find peace during their final months and weeks. Register online at

www.vnacares.org/run

Register or donate today!

2011 Walk To End Alzheimer’s at the Shelburne Museum

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2011 Walk to End Alzheimer’s

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Wow!  Last Sunday, September 25, 2011 couldn’t have been more beautiful for a Walk to End Alzheimer’s at the Shelburne Museum!  Check out some of our pictures from the event…

 

Team Nth – Over 30 People Strong!

(We’re missing a few team members from the picture.  Connor….I forgive you for sleeping through your alarm!)

OK.  Can anyone guess what Nth refers to in our name Team Nth?  There are two meanings to our name.  The first person to get both meanings correct wins their choice of a I Remember You bracelet!  Team members are excluded from this competition.  On your mark…get set…guess!

A Sea of Purple!

Kid Power!

 

Four Generations of Participants!


I Remember You Bracelets

Thanks to all the people who have already purchased I Remember You bracelets at Walks to End Alzheimer’s in New England and those who are buying them on this website!

Thank you to all members of Team Nth for helping to make a difference in the fight to end Alzheimer’s…Dad, Joe, Peggy, Carrie, Tom, David, Johanna, Carolyn, Annie, Pam, Kathy, Annemarie, Sheri, Ellen, Kyle, Evan, Ryan, Maddie, Cameron, Meg, Zelie, Sadie, Brooke, Katie, Rachel, Anna, Anika, Olivia,  Sophia and Calvin!

Thank you Charlie and Brian for making a special trip to the Shelburne Museum  to help set up the tent!

Thank you to all of our family and friends who sponsored our team and donated to the Alzheimer’s Association!  Together we can make a difference!