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What do you do about sex…and dementia? By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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How should senior living communities handle residents who have dementia who are “sexually aggressive?”  What do spouses and partners do about their sexual needs if their loved one has dementia?  Can somebody with Alzheimer’s disease or another cognitive impairment say “yes” to sex?  Check out Jen’s recent interview on Valda Ford’s Sex Is Not For Sissies show where we explore these complex questions:

http://www.spreaker.com/user/9496980/sept-11-jennifer-fitzpatrick

 

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.

But I Didn’t Choose To Be A Caregiver! – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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Most caregivers don’t feel like they had a choice in the matter.  In fact, I devote a whole chapter in Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One to that issue.

Here’s a quick tip on how to change your perspective on this issue, click here.

 

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.

 

Ireland, Italy & Yemen: What Do These Countries Have To Do With Dementia? – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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Communicating with someone who has dementia can be like visiting a foreign country.  In a chapter of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One,  I discuss how early stages is like heading to Ireland, mid stages is like visiting Italy and late stages is similar to traveling to Yemen.  On Marcia Teele’s radio show, Caregiver Solutions, I go into detail about how viewing dementia communication like foreign travel can help you.

Check out the interview here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCdZktWiMx0&feature=em-lss

 

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.

The Conclusion To Caregiving: Five Steps To Surviving Grief – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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If you are caring for someone who is sick, it’s likely you will eventually endure the death of that person as well.  Caregiving is tough and experiencing grief often feels like an extension of that challenge.  Here are five tips for survivors of caregiving:

  1. People often make extremely insensitive comments to the bereaved because they don’t know what they should say. Some people don’t express condolences at all for fear that you will “get upset all over again.” Different generations and cultures express condolences differently. Try to accept that people who care about you are doing the best they can to offer support but very few do it perfectly.
  2. Know that if your loved one has been sick for a while, you will be grieving along the way. Grief can begin long before your loved one passes away.
  3. People who love you are looking for cues from you to talk about your loved one. A lot of people who care about you won’t mention your loved one’s name now that he/she has died. Bring up your loved one if you want to talk about him/her. Let people know it’s ok to tell stories and mention your loved one—if it is.
  4. The grief process is different for everyone. It’s not a straight line. You may feel great one day like you are “over it” but on another day you feel grief acutely. The range of emotions can be startling.
  5. Friends and family who have not been through the sort of death you’ve been through will not usually understand the way you hope they would. For example, if you have lost a parent and nobody else you know has, you may feel particularly alone. If you are widowed and nobody in your social circle is, that can be isolating. Seek counseling or a support group if you can’t seem to get the support you need from those who love you. For more information on how to find a support group, click here: https://hospicefoundation.org/Grief-(1)/Support-Groups.

 

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.

 

 

Medication on My Mind: Tips For Remembering – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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Missing or doubling up on medication can cause major problems for older persons, including unnecessary hospital visits.  If you are prescribed multiple medications or taking care of someone who is, remembering what drug to take when can be a real chore.  Here are 6 simple tips for making medication management less challenging:

1)      Set timers on your cell phone.

2)      If you are married or coupled up, make it a habit that both of you take medicines at the same time.

3)      Use the Lively Safety Watch which offers med reminders.

4)      Use an old-fashioned pill box with dividers for days and time of day.  While not fancy, it is very effective for people who take multiple meds.  Set up a time every week or two to focus on filling the sections with the appropriate medicine.  Be sure to not allow distractions like tv or texts when doing this.

5)      Consider using an old-fashioned paper and pencil tracking system.

6)      If an older adult is still struggling with medication management after trying a system, consider whether it’s time for hiring a home care aide or going to assisted living.  Often the inability to be medication-compliant is a red flag that more help is needed.

If you want more tips on how to more efficiently care for an older loved one, check out www.cruisingthroughcaregiving.com.

 

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.