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Perspectives from a Very Special Hospice Aide Serving Covenant Hospice Patients in Dothan, Alabama

Very recently, I was invited to spend time with Sonya Snow, a Hospice Aide serving Covenant Hospice patients and families in Dothan, Alabama. I first learned about Sonya from Wendy Scurlock, Director of Branch Operations in Dothan, who told me how Sonya always goes above and beyond serving her patients, either by singing to them […]

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Coping with the Holidays for Caregivers

Written and Compiled by Rachel Harding, MSW, Alzheimer’s Family Services PRN Social Worker Holidays are bittersweet for many Alzheimer’s disease caregivers. The happy memories of the past contrast with the difficulties of the present, and extra demands on time and energy can seem overwhelming. Finding a balance between rest and activity can help. Here are some […]

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Got Regrets?

Have you ever been laying in bed at night, sitting in your office, driving down the road and have something that you said or did come back to your memory? I have worked with many patients in the past that after receiving the news of their diagnosis, they begin to think about the past more […]

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Keep Your Loved One Safe from Wandering with Project Lifesaver

Submitted by June Pouliot, Client Services Coordinator with Alzheimer’s Family Services Greetings! It was an eventful first week on my new job as Client Services Coordinator with Alzheimer’s Family Services. I am incredibly grateful to our staff and volunteers for their help and guidance, and I am excited about my new role. Having been a […]

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Reaching Out to Others as a Full-Time Caregiver

Reaching Out to Others as a Full-Time Caregiver Rachel Harding, MSW Social Worker, Alzheimer’s Family Services Whether you are caring for your loved one in your home, helping care for them in their home, or making regular visits to their new home at an assisted living or nursing facility, there will most likely come a […]

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Don’t Lose Focus on a Pot-bellied Pig

Recently, as I ran along the beach in South Florida, my eye caught a glimpse of something unusual. My neck jerked my head to the side and then back as I adjusted my eyes to see if I was seeing things. Did I really just see a huge pig?  Sure enough. Then my mind began […]

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Beginning the Conversation

As baby boomers, those born between 1945 and 1964, start to enter retirement, they have begun to realize that their parents are sharing the blessing of a longer lifespan. It’s a fact that more and more of us as adults, and some of us retired, will be caring for our elderly parents.    Most of […]

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A Very “Sweet” Sixteen

A very special teenager just enjoyed her 16th birthday and this is her story.  When Rose was born, she was not expected to celebrate her 5th, 10th, or 16th birthday, but she is beating the odds everyday. Rose is a happy young lady cared for by her grandmother, who Rose calls “Mama”. Rose is a […]

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Safe Summer Travel for Caregivers

Submitted by Rachel Harding, MSW Social Worker, Alzheimer’s Family Services As a caregiver, it may seem difficult to get away and even the thought of it may feel impossible. It can happen with proper planning and support; here are a few tips to help you along the way. The first thing to determine is the […]

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Caregiver Activity: How to Encourage Healthy Eating

Mealtimes are a time for family and friends to spend time with one anther and share. However, when caring for someone with dementia, mealtimes can become stressful for the person with dementia and their caregiver. A person with dementia may find eating difficult. Loss of appetite, loss of memory and problems with judgment can cause […]

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