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Promises Made, Promises Broken – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick, MSW, LCSW-C, CSP

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Last week during our Virtual Book Club for dementia caregivers, we discussed why promises in caregiving are made and if they are ever a good idea.  Often, particularly in dementia caregiving, promises have been made that feel impossible to keep.  What should you do when you find yourself in that situation?  Check out Week #2 of the Hilarity For Charity/Oasis Senior Advisors Virtual Book Club for dementia caregivers:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMSjtxK8JDs&list=PLg3pcgWyEPY9VdBxI16KjcfRw32F0ZfTx&index=3&t=14s

 

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. 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.

Virtual Book Club For Dementia Caregivers Launches!

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In partnership with Hilarity For Charity and Oasis Senior Advisors, Cruising Through Caregiving’s Virtual Book Club session for dementia caregivers is below.  During this first episode we talk about the Chapter One of Cruising Through Caregiving called “Caregiving 101.”

What’s a primary caregiver and how is that person like the captain of a ship?  How can secondary and tertiary caregivers lighten the load of the primary caregiver?  What do you do when you make a “mistake” as a caregiver?  We cover that and more on this session!  Click here for the replay:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg3pcgWyEPY9VdBxI16KjcfRw32F0ZfTx

To sign up for the next 14 sessions click here:  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. 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.

Enjoying Great Food, Endless Waterfront Views & Education On Kent Island! – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick, MSW, LCSW-C, CSP

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I love living on Kent Island!  The air just feels lighter on this side of the Bay Bridge!  Since there are rarely conferences and opportunities for continuing education in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland, I decided it would be fun to offer some programs for health, mental health and financial professionals close to home this year.

This week launches Jenerations Health Education’s first full day of 2019 CE education for professionals (Thursday, April 18) at the Holiday Inn Express in Grasonville.  We will follow that up with two more events on Thursday, June 20.  Then this fall we’ll wrap up the series with two more Thursday sessions, on September 19 and October 17.

For those visiting from the Lower Shore, the “other” side of the Bridge or from out of state, here is a list of my favorite restaurants and hangouts for lunchtime on our event days.  There are also suggestions for breakfast, dinner, and live entertainment if you are spending the night!

Walkable From Holiday Inn Express On A Nice Day (Or A Very Quick Drive):

Annie’s https://www.annies.biz/  Our sponsor Compass Regional Hospice has their gala here each year and they do a phenomenal job!  Delicious seafood, steak, sandwiches and huge fresh salads.  My husband Sean and I especially love the French dip (mushrooms instead of onions), burgers and the Cobb Salad.

Red Eye’s Dock Bar  https://redeyedockbar.com/  Great music on the water.  Terrific crab dip!  Please note: they don’t open until May 5.

Fisherman’s https://fishermansinn.com/ Awesome seafood.  Great sandwiches.  My favorite entree: Stuffed rockfish with baked potato.  We’ve never introduced the Gorgonzola Cheese Skins to someone who didn’t love them.

Jetty Dock Bar http://www.jettydockbar.com/  Beautiful water views, live music, good pub food.

Bridge’s https://www.bridgesrestaurant.net/ Spectacular water views and lovely outdoor seating.  Amazing pizzas.  The Seafood Club, The Rachel Sandwich and The Smash Burger rock!

Big Owl Dock Bar  https://thebigowl.com/  Gorgeous sunsets, live music.  Great Boardwalk fries.

Harris Crab House  https://harriscrabhouse.com/  I’m originally from Philly so I never got the hang of picking crabs.  But our friends love this place if that’s what you’re into.  But Sean and I are big fans of their enormous homemade Nutty Buddie icecream cones.

Quick Drive From Holiday Inn Express (in order from closest to hotel to furthest away):

Adam’s Grille http://www.adamsgrillekentisland.com/  Delicious barbeque—my favorite meal is chicken with baked sweet potato.  Sean and I love the brisket nachos too.

Bada Bean http://www.badabeanki.com/  If you want breakfast or a fancy coffee  before the morning events, this is a cozy spot.  Breakfast sandwiches and acai bowls.  They also have amazing lunch sandwiches and salads.

Carmine’s http://www.carminesnypizzakitchen.net/menu.html  Great place to get a quick slice of pizza.

Fields of Heather https://fieldsofheatherbakery.com/ Lovely little bakery where doughnuts, pastries and breakfast sandwiches are homemade.

Pour House Pub http://www.pourhousepubki.com/menu.html  Great staff and pub food.  If you are staying local in town the evening before our events, they have trivia on Wednesday nights.  Caesar salad, Pot Roast sandwich and Chicken & Waffles are our favorite items.

Café Sado  https://www.cafesado.com/ is a favorite of our friends who love sushi.  We aren’t big sushi eaters but the Thai food is quite good too.  The fried icecream is amazing.

Rustico  http://www.rusticoonline.com/  This is in “downtown” Stevensville.  If you go here for lunch, you also can check out a few local shops.  They typically have live music on Wednesday and Thursday evenings if you are staying in town for our events.  My favorite items include the Zuppa di Tortellini, Antipasto Misti and the Gigantic Meatball.

Restaurants at The Inn https://www.baybeachclub.com/the-inn .  A few years ago, a rustic but fancy hotel landed on Kent Island.  Along with it came two good restaurants.  One is Knoxie’s Table (upscale dinner) and the other is The Market (casual breakfast and lunch).  It is a beautiful property with a relaxing outdoor firepit area where you can eat food purchased from The Market.

Luke’s Grille http://www.lukesgrille.com/ Awesome pub food.  Great sandwiches, especially the chicken cordon bleu.

Well, there you have it—some great dining options for you to enjoy while you earn CE credits on Kent Island!  We are grateful to the sponsorship provided by Bright Star Senior Care, Compass Regional Hospice, Hearfields and Somerford Place of Annapolis.  Looking forward to seeing you soon and I hope you enjoy Kent Island as much as I do!

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. 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.

Operation Varsity Blues: Why The College Admissions Scandal Still Doesn’t Give Us Permission To Bash The Younger Generations – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick, MSW, LCSW-C, CSP

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This week’s story about celebrities and uber-wealthy parents is reinforcing the stereotype that our younger generations are so much more entitled than everyone else who was born during “a different time.” 

It still boggles my mind how openly so many people bash our younger generations.  People who wouldn’t dare utter a racist, homophobic or other politically incorrect comment often feel quite comfortable talking about “those lazy Millennials” or “kids who expect everything handed to them.”  If you feel that way about Millennials and Generation Z, remember they didn’t raise themselves.  If this story upsets you, remember that it is primarily Generation X and Baby Boomer parents who engaged in the alleged criminal behaviors.

Really, the college scam story is one about socioeconomic advantage rather than generational expectations.  As long as college has existed, rich families have employed both obvious and covert strategies to boost their children’s applications to elite educational institutions.  Don’t think for a moment that members of older generations–including Baby Boomer and Traditionalists–haven’t also benefited from such methods unavailable to most people.

Operations Varsity Blues is not a story about generational issues. It’s a story about economic disparity.  And it’s not a new one.

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. 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.

Who’s The Captain? Why Reason & Logic Fail With Little Kids…And Dementia Patients – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick, MSW, LCSW-C, CSP

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“I’m the Captain,” declared my 3-year old nephew Enzo as soon as he boarded our boat on a warm autumn day last fall.  Wearing the captain’s hat his mother had purchased for him on Amazon.com, he purposefully strode to the captain’s seat.  When he noticed our family’s amusement at his audacity, he looked directly at us and repeated, “I’m the Captain.  I am.” 

Obviously when my husband was ready to launch the boat we needed Enzo to move.  But did we sit him down and logically explain to him that he was not the Captain?  No.  We told Enzo that it was Uncle Sean’s turn to drive the boat and that he could have a turn later.  Enzo considered the statement, resisted briefly and then reluctantly moved to sit with his parents and cousins.

Could we have attempted to reason with Enzo?  Sure.  Would it have done any good?  Probably not.  I can only imagine how explaining to a 3-year old that he did not have the credentials to launch a 34-foot cruiser.  It probably would have gone over as well as trying to reason with someone who has advanced dementia.

People who suffer with advanced dementia are adults.  They are grown-ups who have lived full lives and are most certainly not children.  But as Alzheimer’s disease (or any other dementia) progresses, their ability to reason is comparable to a small child’s.

Nobody tried to reason with Enzo because we understood that he didn’t have the capacity to understand he lacked the skills to captain a boat.  But why is it that the same people who wouldn’t attempt to reason with a child try to do so with someone with dementia?

Countless times I have witnessed well-meaning, intelligent people try to “remind” their loved one with dementia that she is no longer allowed to drive.  Or that he has already eaten dinner.  Or that it is winter when their loved one is convinced that it’s summer.  And I can see why.  Dementia is tricky. 

There might be a moment in the day that Mom will remember that she is not supposed to drive.  But as the disease progresses, no amount of arguing, rationalizing, reasoning or logic will convince Mom that her doctor told her to stop driving.

Tell Mom you feel like driving today rather than reminding her that she is unsafe behind the wheel.   Just as it wouldn’t have been productive to tell Enzo he’s not qualified to be a boat captain, it wouldn’t be productive to tell Mom the whole family is afraid of her driving.

Treat your older loved one who has dementia with dignity because he’s an adult.  But remember that his capacity to understand logic and reason is often child-like.   

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. 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.