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When our elders check out
03 Dec

When Our Elders Check Out

By Donna RandallUncategorized

I think I am safe to say that many of us have heard the adage that a broken hip in seniors most often is the beginning of the end. While this didn’t seem to be the case for Annie Oakley at the time she broke her hip and for about one week thereafter, things quickly

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Knowledge is power long term care
24 Sep

Knowledge is Power

By Donna RandallUncategorized

On Tuesday, September 15th, the Vancouver Sun ran an article carrying the following headline: B.C. seniors have high levels of anger and worry, and quotes the Seniors Advocate in B.C. on a number of topics. Perhaps the most striking and telling part of the article is the photograph in the heading, which shows a very

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Confusedly Filly In Time
09 Apr

Confusedly Filly in Time

By Donna RandallUncategorized

From her living space in the lower level of our house, Annie Oakley conducts her life. There is absolutely no sound deadening between the two floors of the house, so we hear everything that goes on downstairs, and I suspect that she would hear lots of things going on upstairs, save for the fact that she

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Despite our best efforts
26 Mar

Despite Our Best Efforts

By Donna RandallUncategorized

It’s not like we’ve never before discussed the risks and probable outcomes of a fall, but rather it is that Annie Oakley simply doesn’t think that these conversations apply to her. Her Robbie goes so far as to have Annie look into his eyes and promise him that she will take the precautions we all

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http://dfrent.org/time-for-memories-and-listening
12 Mar

Signs of Change

By Donna RandallUncategorized

It seems to me that each and every one of us has made the statement that it is difficult to see changes in someone who you see on a regular basis, but when you haven’t seem someone for a long time you can recognize change instantly. Often these statements refer to little ones, who change

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26 Feb

Expectations and Exasperation

By Donna RandallUncategorized

At the beginning of my time as a caregiver, I was easily flummoxed by my care recipients. I couldn’t quite figure out the inconsistencies they exhibited, and which one of us was the one losing it, on any given day. In the case of Katie, my own mother, as her dementia increased the rules of

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End of Life Care Giving Permission to Let Go
15 Feb

How soon is now?

By Donna RandallUncategorized

The more I talk with others about caregiving for someone close to you (family member or not), the more I can be certain that I will remain uncertain about knowing when the time has come to place the care recipient into care. The answer to that question varies depending upon the people involved and the

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