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SIGNS YOUR ELDERLY LOVED ONE MAY NEED CARE AT HOME

SIGNS YOUR ELDERLY LOVED ONE MAY NEED CARE AT HOME

Because of several medical conditions, in the last years of his life Bob was unable to fend for himself. Fortunately, he was able to stay at home with the help of his family and a team of caregivers. Bob’s children oversaw his medications and doctor’s visits. They took him to the electronics store so he could buy the latest gadget, boiled him lobsters, and brought him Dilly Bars for dessert. The caregivers helped in a variety of ways, from keeping Bob safe in the shower to keeping him company.

IF THE HIGH HEELS FIT ...

I had a really nice time last night. I went to a party at McCabe, Duval + Associates — they’re on the top floor of a building in the Old Port with amazing views of the waterfront. The theme was a summer picnic, French bistro style. I decided to dress in my version of casual French. I put on black capri pants and a long sleeved fitted dark purple t-shirt and slipped into a pair of black flats. My twenty something daughter is living with us for the time being and I’ve gotten into the habit of running outfits by her before leaving the house. Each time I realize that I am risking humiliation, but she has given me invaluable advice and claims to have saved me many times from public humiliation on a much grander scale.

Citizen’s Group to Maine DOT: Stop Spraying!

Citizen’s Group to Maine DOT: Stop Spraying!

 

For the past two years, a group of Gorham residents has been trying to get the Maine Department of Transportation to stop spraying herbicides along the Mountain Division Rail Trail, which passes through Gorham. Read more.

 

Alzheimer’s: Just One Cause of Dementia

Alzheimer’s: Just One Cause of Dementia

 

I attended my Aunt Patti's funeral last week.  She was 78 and had lived with dementia for the past 14 years. What I remember most about her is that she was usually smiling and happy.

If You Forget, Does It Mean Alzheimer's?

If You Forget, Does It Mean Alzheimer's?

Recently, I couldn’t recall the first name of someone I’d known for years. It didn’t take more than a few seconds for me to grab it, but why did it take even that long? I should have known it instantly. It scares me that I didn’t because my mother has Alzheimer’s disease.

X-ray Vision For Maine Health Care Providers

X-ray Vision For Maine Health Care Providers

I was once an x-ray tech at Maine Medical Center. I didn’t have x-ray vision, but I was skilled at aiming a beam of radiation at the appropriate body part. When I first started my training, we developed the x-rays by hand. I still remember the smell of the chemicals in the darkroom. It was a big deal when we switched to automatic processing, but we’d still have to go into the darkroom to unload the film from the cassette and feed it into the processor. Patient’s x-rays were kept in large brown envelopes in the radiology department’s file room. When space got tight old films were carted off to a storeroom someplace else in the hospital.