Let's Talk

Joan Rivers often began her comedy routine with the comment, “Let’s talk…” Often that is how caregivers for those with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias try to communicate with their loved ones. Unfortunately, though, sometimes those for whom we offer care can no longer use words, or are living in a reality that isn’t ours. As Alzheimer’s Disease, for example, progresses the ability to talk diminish…

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Heart Health (Joan Watson)

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23 Literally or figuratively, this is really good advice, but the implementation is a bit of a challenge. February is heart month a good time to talk about why we need to guard our heart! The American Heart Association designated February as American Heart Month to bring attention to the leading cause of death in the…

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Taking Care of You

Are you caring for children or youth in your home, or adult relatives or friends, or both? Are you feeling overwhelmed, tired or worried much of the time? Are you sleeping too much or too little? Do you become easily irritated or angry? Have you lost interest in activities that you used to enjoy? If you answered “yes,” you may be experiencing caregiver stress. Life is full of stress. Caregivers exp…

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What is Health? (Joan Watson)

When I was asked to write a few entries on health for Westminster’s new blog, I said, sure, I can do that. But very quickly the enormity of what I had agreed to do, temporarily paralyzed the presses in my mind. I recovered by checking the definition of blog—opinions, experiences, observations shared with others on a website. So here you have it—health according to Joan! The most famous modern defin…

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A Caregiver Sandwich

Are you an adult who cares for children or teens at home and also has responsibility for caring for elderly relatives or neighbors? If you answered “yes,” you’re not alone. According to a Pew Research Center Report nearly half of all adults in their 40s and 50s have a parent who is 65 or older and are either raising a young child or financially supporting a grown child. Social Worker, Dorothy Mille…

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