The reality for many grandchildren is that visits to grandpa or grandma occur within a nursing or residential facility. When family members need special care and reside in a nursing home, it can be a struggle to engage children during a visit.
Before you go, prepare your child for the visit. Nursing or residential facilities can be unsettling for children. Before visiting, speak with your child about what they might see. For instance, they may see people in wheelchairs or walking with walkers. Model appropriate, positive interactions for your child by smiling, waving or even providing a kind hand to the elderly and being at ease within this new environment.
Alzheimer’s Support, First Tuesday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m. and second Friday of the month, 1:30-3 p.m. For caregivers and memory-impaired individuals. University Hospital’s Parma Medical Center’s Health Education Center, 7300 State Road, Parma. Call 440-743-4900 for more information or to register for a class.
Fitpaths Too (Geared for Seniors), Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11 a.m. A complete workout for active seniors. Includes low-impact aerobic activity, strength training and stretching. Dress in comfortable, loose clothing. $35 for 10-class card. Register online at fairviewhospital.org/wellnesscenter or call 440-356-0670, option 5. Fairview Hospital Wellness Center, 3035 Wooster Road, Rocky River
If your pet seems to be forgetting something they used to know, should you think “Back to School” for them? The short answer is: probably not.
Believe it or not, cats and dogs, like people, also can suffer “cognitive dysfunction” (i.e. memory loss like Alzheimer’s disease) as early as 11 years of age. Sometimes age-related changes may look like memory loss, but aren’t.
About Senior Cats
According to the American Association of Feline Practitioners, a cat is considered a senior at the age of 11 (60 in human years) and geriatric at the age of 15 (76 in human years).
Caregivers are almost inevitably called upon to participate in the planning and management of a loved one’s financial future. While no single process can help everyone work through this delicate and complicated task, there are some steps caregivers can take to reduce uncertainty and lessen the effects of a crisis.
Open the Lines of Communication
Few topics are as sensitive — or as important — as personal finances. Any conversation on money matters needs to be handled with respect for your loved one’s autonomy and feelings.
There are many area agencies that provide services as well as volunteer opportunities. Here are some resources for seniors and caregivers.
Area Agencies and Centers
Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging
Serving Portage, Stark, Summit & Wayne counties
1550 Corporate Woods Pkwy.
Uniontown, OH 44685
Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging
11890 Fairhill Road
Cleveland, OH 44120
Community Partnership on Aging
Serving South Euclid, Lyndhurst, Highland Heights, Mayfield Heights and Mayfield Village
South Euclid: 216-291-3902
Mayfield Heights: 440-442-2628
What would happen to your family and financial affairs if you suddenly became incapacitated? If you don’t know the answer, you could be subjecting your family to the unnecessary heartache, complications, and expense of a guardianship.
To illustrate how a guardianship works, let’s look at the case of Mr. Green, a 67-year-old widower who suddenly suffers a stroke. Mr. Green is left partially paralyzed, of diminished mental capacity and unable to handle any of his own affairs. He took no steps during his lifetime to guard against this possibility. His assets are in his name alone.