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Assisting the Elderly and the Importance of Communication

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On the latest segment of “Caring for Seniors” Judy talks to guest hosts Eva Castillo-Turgeon and Daniel Maradiaga about assisting the elderly and importance of communication. They start by discussing the origins of Judy’s French last name and the discrimination that French people have faced in New Hampshire. This transitions into who Judy hires for Seniors Helping Seniors NH, and how she tries to have bilingual caregivers to help the connection between client and caregiver.

Assisting the Elderly and the Importance of Communication

Assisting the Elderly and the Importance of Communication

 

Eva pointed out that we are have one of the largest population of elderly in the country. Judy agrees and says that the numbers are growing so high that there are not enough caregivers. She says she is always looking for caregivers.

But, she wants ones that understand that the client has had a vivid life and want to care for them genuinely. She wants people who can give love, give respect, and want to grow closer to the clients.

People are living longer and we have people living to a 103 years old when we thought 80 was old! It’s important to listen to their stories because we will never hear these stories again. 1 in 9 people will have dementia once they hit 65, when they get to the 80, 1 in 3 people will have it.

People need to understand that this is a progressive diagnosis. When people hear dementia, they think of Alzheimer’s which is the most common form of dementia. But there are over seventy different types of dementia, if you can believe it!

While dementia can affect how someone talks and moves and finishes tasks, it does not affect how they can have a relationship with someone. They can see and sense our emotions. They can mimic our emotions, so if a daughter is frustrated then the mother will get frustrated as well because they sense something is wrong. The key is to connect to people, to see them, not just care for them.

Check out the whole segment here.

Good Samaritans Coming to the Rescue

Good Samaritans to the Rescue

Who would have thought a little bit of grass could cause so much trouble? Well for Gerry Suttle in Texas, tall grass could have caused her to be in handcuffs if it wasn’t for a group good Samaritans coming to the rescue.

 Good Samaritans to the Rescue

Good Samaritans Coming to the Rescue

 

Suttle was issued a noticed because of the length of her tall grass, the law states that it has to be under 18 inches tall. Well, a sweet group of boys couldn’t imagine the 75 year old going to jail over such a small thing. So they banded together to help a woman they never met before. One of the boys, Brandon said:

“I really wouldn’t want her coming out here doing it or paying a bunch of money when we could have just done it for free.”

They grabbed weed whackers and lawnmowers and started to work in the 90 degree weather. Neighbors saw what the young boys were doing and joined in. Within two hours the lawn was trimmed and looking good.

When Suttle came out and saw what they have down she was speechless. To add to this happy ending, all Suttle has to is sign a document stating she didn’t get the notice and the charges will be dropped.

Read the original article here.