Family inHome Caregiving Blog
The Wall Street Journal ran an interesting article about how one family member ended up being the caregiver for her entire family, most of whom have or died from Alzheimer’s disease. It’s an unusual story because one family member, Karla (aged 58), became the guardian of an extended family in which each member has a 50% chance of inheriting a genetic mutation that leads to early Alzheimer’s. It’s already claimed her grandmother, father and an aunt and an uncle, as well as a brother and a sister, who died at the age of 54 and 56, respectively. Another brother lives in a nursing home and two other brothers aged 45 and 54 have the gene but no sign yet of the disease. Karla has struggled. She had to take away her brothers’ car keys and eventually move them into nursing homes. “I didn’t expect to be a caregiver,” she told The Wall Street Journal. “I felt I was chosen.” Karla is the only family member who tested negative for the mutated gene, both a blessing and a curse. Although only 1% of those who have Alzheimer’s disease suffer from what is called autosomal dominant Alzheimer’s disease, they are truly cursed as they typically come down with the disease in their 30’s to their 50’s and generally die in their mid to late 50’s and they also have a 50% chance of passing it on to their children.
If you are looking for something to do and meet new people, there is something called the Double Nickels Club where those 55 and older meet for lunch and they always have interesting speakers. The next one will be on Wednesday, March 8 where Edward Pio will speak about “Quality Sleep and Your Health.” He is the executive director of the International Mind Body Institute and has been teaching hypnosis and meditation for more than 50 years. The luncheon will take place at the Church of the Good Shepherd at 301 Corral de Tierra at noon. The lunch is free but a $5 donation is gratefully appreciated. For more information on Edward Pio, go to www.internationalmindbodyinstitute.org.
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, CHOMP, is having a number of great classes in March including one for those considering joint replacement on Friday March 31 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Held in conference rooms A, B and C, you can find out what causes joints to wear out and how you know if you need joint surgery and, if so, when you should have it. You will also learn helpful tips like what activities you can do after surgery and how long joint replacements last. To register for this free event, go to www.chomp.org/classes. For more information, call 1-888-452-4667.
I am happy to say that business is booming at Family inHome Caregiving! We have had a greater than anticipated influx of new Clients over the past two weeks, many of which have been referrals from past and current Clients. Our reputation for having the best caregivers (Home Care Aides or Senior Companions) in Monterey County is growing. We are currently looking for a handyman as well as qualified caregivers.
Family inHome Caregiving of Monterey is seeking compassionate, mature and dependable caregivers who want to improve the lives of our elderly Clients by providing in-home, non-medical care. Our services include:
Monitoring of safety while bathing
Information and referral services
Other services that improve the safety, security and quality of life of seniors.
If you believe you would make an exceptional Home Care Aide, we would love to hear from you! We prefer those with experience helping the elderly, disabled and others with mobility problems. Having cared for those with dementia and/or Alzheimer's is a plus. To work for us, you must have excellent references, a clear criminal record, a good driving record, and an insured reliable vehicle. To apply, please visit our web site www.fhcofm.com, click on careers where you can fill out an application online. We have immediate openings all over Monterey County. Service areas include:
Aromas, Big Sur, Carmel, Carmel-by-the-sea, Carmel Highlands, Carmel Valley, Castroville, Corral de Tierra, Del Rey Oaks, Gilroy, Gonzales, Greenfield, Hollister, King City, Marina, Monterey, Morgan Hill, Moss Landing, Paicines, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Prunedale, Salinas, San Juan Bautista, Sand City, Seaside, Soledad And Tres Pinos
After receiving complaints from numerous sources in the government and consumer advocacy groups over excessive drug price hikes, pharmaceutical companies now appear to be listening. Typically, prescription drug companies raise prices in January. This year, however, they didn’t raise prices for as many drugs as last year, and there was also a decrease in the number of drugs which saw price hikes of more than 10%. Last year, 15% of drugs got price hikes in the double digits while this year that metric dropped to 5.5%. The bad news is that the median price increase was unchanged from last year at +8.9%, more than 4x the rate of inflation.
More people ages 65 and older are working than at any time since the turn of the century, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of employment data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Currently, one in five Americans aged 65 and older reported being employed full or part time workers according to an analysis of January 2017 employment data by The New School for Social Research. 5.8 million of them worked full time and 3.2 million seniors worked part time. Although some are bored and want something to do, professor Teresa Ghilarducci from New School for Social Research told USA Today that many people continue to work because they need the income to cover rising expenses in retirement such as health care and long-term care needs.
If you are over 55 and looking for something fun to do and meet new people, there is a group called the Double Nickels club which meets frequently for lunch. Their next meeting will be on Wednesday March 8 from noon to 1:30 at Church of the Good Shepard at 301 Corral de Tierra Road in Salinas. For more information, go to www.goodshepherdcorral.org.
If you have a loved one suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or just memory loss, The Carmel Foundation puts on a program called Melodic Memories and the next event will be from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. on March 3 at their location at Eight and Lincoln Street in Carmel. Singing provides a way for people with memory loss to express themselves in a friendly and simulating social environment. The group meets the first and third Friday of the month.
If you are looking for something fun to do on a Friday evening, try the 1st Fridays Art Walk which is held in downtown Salinas in the 100-300 block of Main Street. You might find some interesting things!
The Alzheimer’s Association will put on a caregiver support group on March 1 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church at 1130 San Vicente in Salinas. This is a great way to relax and relate to other people who are undergoing the stress brought on by caregiving for a loved one. Regular readers of my blog know that both my father and my grandmother died with this terrible disease and I am a big supporter of the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association. They have a toll-free support line at 800-272-3900 that you can call 24 hours a day and talk to a volunteer. They are also the largest private funder of Alzheimer’s research in the United States.