Dementia Support Group to Begin at Bristol House Memory Care

mom kidIn an effort to support local families and caregivers for individuals living with the effects of Alzheimer's and dementia, Bristol House Memory Care will host a support group the second Thursday of each month. All are invited and the sessions are free and hosted at Bristol House Memory Care, 2527 Bristol Road, Warrington, PA 18976. Participants are encouraged to call 215-491-1501 (or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to register, but walk-ins are always welcome. Refreshments, hot and cold beverages will be served. A certified dementia care specialist will speak on various subjects dealing with care, various therapies, diet, and environment. The program starts at 6:00 PM and will run to 7:00 PM. The September group will meet Thursday, Sept 12, 2019.

Dementia Support Group - First Meeting September 12, 2019

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Hoarding Disorder: Possessed by Possessions

Hoarding Disorder is a mental and physical health issue. Unlike simple clutter, which is generally confined to particular storage locations like garages and basements, hoarding involves collections of unrelated junk that take over normal living spaces, making normal living very challenging. Even moving through the home is difficult due to blocked exits and narrow pathways through the piles of possessions. Even beds and kitchen appliances can be covered up, and what great hiding places for insects and vermin!

 

Hoarders rarely use what they have stored up, although they become attached to their possessions and experience great anxiety at the thought of losing them. These collections may have little or no practical value, and there seems to be no logic to their accumulation. As you can imagine, this disorder causes great anxiety for the hoarder’s loved ones.

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Planning for End-of-Life Issues

 

Preparing to Cross the Finish Line

 

Since the beginning of time, humans have pondered end-of-life issues. Over 200 years ago, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." And where is he now? Woody Allen famously said, “I'm not afraid of death; I just don't want to be there when it happens.”

Mr. Franklin was right; however, we know when taxes are due, but we don’t necessarily know when the Grim Reaper will show up. And Mr. Allen aside, we will be there when it happens, and so will those we leave behind. It behooves us, as a kindness to our loved ones, to plan for that final appointment.

Death is an unpleasant subject but it stalks everyone, from infants to centenarians. It can come without warning, so the time to prepare is now, especially if you or your loved one has heartfelt wishes for how the final years are spent.

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Legal Planning for Dementia Caregivers

The Patient’s Will for a Last Will

The stereotypical opening line of a last will and testament begins with, “I, (name), being of sound mind, do hereby bequeath . . . ) Then, the testator lists the beneficiaries of his or her estate and other last wishes. The “sound mind” part is key to establishing the validity of the will and making sure the testator’s last wishes are carried out. When a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, it is important for the patient and caregivers to initiate legal procedures, like wills and power of attorney, while the patient can actively and coherently participate (*legal capacity).

Putting legal matters in order in advance can prevent confusion and even conflict over caregiving responsibilities and inheritance matters. It allows time to navigate complex legal and financial issues that can arise with long-term and end-of-life care situations. (NOTE: This article is not intended to provide legal advice and should not be taken as such.) 

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