The Unique Challenges of Dementia Care

Susan Friedrich


19 February, 2018

Dementia is often talked about as if it’s a specific illness or disease, but it’s not. According to the Mayo Clinic, “….dementia describes a group of symptoms affecting memory, thinking and social abilities severe enough to interfere with daily functioning.” According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “When Alzheimer’s disrupts memory, language,...

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Combating the Holiday Blues

Susan Friedrich


15 December, 2017

Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas!  This is indeed the time of year when we are expected to be happy. Holiday music is everywhere, and shop windows are decorated with everything wintery and jolly. In the article, How to Reduce Loneliness in Elders around the Holidays, the website, AgingCare.com writes, “There...

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The Healing Power of Touch

Susan Friedrich


16 October, 2017

As people age they become less sensitive to touch, yet, like young children, they may be the ones who need it the most. When we are children, the warmth and love of a parent’s touch is key to our growth into emotionally healthy people. Touch continues to be an...

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Dehydration Can Be Health Risk for Seniors

Susan Friedrich


16 August, 2017

This has been a particularly warm summer in Seattle. In July there were 11 days in the low to mid 80’s and so far this month we’ve had seven days above 85 degrees with the 3rd and 4th reaching into the 90’s. Thankfully the temperature seems to have gone back to our normal mid...

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Help Support Healthy Skin for Seniors

Susan Friedrich


19 July, 2017

Skin is the largest organ in the body, and for the elderly, one of the most delicate and prone to damage. With age, our skin becomes thinner and less elastic and loses much of the protective fatty tissue that helps cushion blood vessels from injury. According to the Mayo Clinic...

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Swallowing Problems Common in Elderly

Susan Friedrich


16 June, 2017

Swallowing is something we all do, typically without thinking. Not only is swallowing an integral part of eating, glands in our mouth continuously secrete saliva keeping our mouths moist and clean. The saliva moistens food to facilitate chewing and swallowing. It is estimated that the typical person swallows 2-4 times...

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Coaxing a Non-Compliant Client

Susan Friedrich


16 May, 2017

You’re following the care plan and doing everything right; your client’s laundry is done, the house is clean, lunch is made, and the weather is perfect for a walk outdoors. But your client is still in bed, refusing to get up and let you give her a bath. This is...

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