In This Issue
Featured Article: Dear Caregivers, Have You Been Abondoned?
We will miss you, Gert
The Year is 1911
Kudos From Kelly
Providers We Love
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Thandiwe (TANDY) Nijapha

(Thanks Faith)

Thokazani (TK) Nijapha   

(Thanks Faith)


Jane Kipyomto  

(Thanks Alberta)


Sena Grandison  

(Thanks Lydia)


Izefe (IZZY) Ogbeide  

(Thanks Alberta)


Thabani (TREVOR) Dube 

(Thanks Cecelia)


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"I Believe....  

That our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but, we are responsible for who we become."


~ Thomas Boyd


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Happy Birthday!!
Photos above: Mary and Dawn celebrating
Mary's Birthday; Marianna, caregiver Sweetie
and Junior caregiver Nijhea

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"Anything which has a real and lasting value is always a gift from within." 

~ Gustav Janouch

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Out for a "walk"
Photo above: Max,
Kelly's new puppy

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"Constant kindness

can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate."

~ Albert Schweitzer

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Photo above: Tom and his friend, Sky
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"The most important

thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said."

~ Peter Drucker

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Photos above: Jeanette and Ella

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"I believe the unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality." 

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Featured Article: Dear Caregivers,
Have You Been Abondoned?

By Bob DeMarco, Alzheimer's Reading Room  


Do you feel like your life has been put on hold? One issue that really frustrates me is the treatment of Alzheimer's caregivers. Most Alzheimer's caregivers hear people tell them how wonderful they are for taking care of their loved one. As a caregiver, I learned to appreciate these compliments. They help, they really do.

However, if you have a loved one, family member, or friend that is an Alzheimer's caregiver and all you do is tell them what a great job they are doing - it is not enough

Family and friends forget many Alzheimer's caregivers.


This is a sad truth that is rarely discussed.


I meet and talk to caregivers all the time. It is not unusual for them to tell me that as time goes on, and as Alzheimer's worsens, one by one their family and friends fade away This is understandable - Alzheimer's is scary and disconcerting. It is hard to accept, hard to understand, and hard to watch as it progresses.

It is not unusual for the friends and family to continue to call and give the caregiver words of praise and then resume their own life.


Meanwhile, the caregiver puts their life on hold - or worse they have no life - while caring for a person living with Alzheimer's. Calling and letting the caregiver "vent" is helpful, very helpful, but it is not enough.


Like it or not, if you are a family member or friend of an Alzheimer's caregiver and you are not helping them - you have abandoned them. I am sure this sounds harsh. But, it's not even close to the harshness of your own behavior.


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Photos left to right: Benter dancing during vacation; Lillian lounging by the pool;
Jeanette, Regina's niece, center and her cousins in Maine; Grace enjoying the beach.

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We will miss you,
and your 102nd Birthday Party


Our long time and much beloved client, Gertrude Ziegler of Southbury, left this world on August 7, 2013. She died comfortably at home with her daughter Marilyn and caregiver. Maggie. Born in New Britain, on August 30, 2011, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Edith (Woelk) Hollfelder. She was the widow of New Britain Police Officer August Ziegler who died in 1997. She attended local schools and was a graduate of the former CT Business College. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Southbury and also a member of St. Peter's Church in New Britain. She was predeceased by two sons Donald and his wife Janet Ziegler of Aurora ,Co and Kenneth Ziegler of Flushing, NY. She is survived by two daughters, Marilyn (Ziggie) Ketchum of Southbury and Judith Jennings of Plainville, CT; nine grandchildren and ten great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.

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The Year is 1911

In honor of Gert Zeigler, who was born in 1911,  

a brief look at life in those days:


What a difference a century makes!  

Here are some statistics for the Year 1911:


The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.  


Fuel for cars was sold in drug stores only.  


Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.  


Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.  


There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.  


The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.  


The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!  


The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.  


The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.


Photos left to right: Dawn's children Dayvon and Nijhea; Bridget and girls: Grace Anne,
Meghan and Mary Anne. Mom's back to school too! Bridget starts her third year in her BSN
program; Grayson Eramian's first day of kindergarten.


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Kudos from Kelly


KUDOS from Kelly

By Kelly McNamara



Maggie Boamah

Maggie has enjoyed a more than a few accolades in this column. During hertenure with us, she has cared for only one lucky client, GZ. Sharing her client's lovely apartment in her assisted living facility and her days became the focus of Maggie's life as well for nearly the past four years.



Daily life with a very elderly person can seem isolating to the outside on looker. But Maggie and GZs days were far from boring.


They discussed every topic seen on TV, every news story. Maggie listened very very patiently to her elderly client's stories, over and over and over again each time as if they were being heard for the last time.



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leaf Providers We Love      

We are privileged to have received referrals from and be able to coordinate care with many Assisted Living facilities, rehab facilities, and Medicare Home Care and Hospice agencies.   Our growth is in large part due to the trust the staff in these organizations have put in our caregivers.  We are likewise impressed with them and we are committed to referring to them on a regular basis

All About You Home Care Services,
Naugatuck, East Haven and Torrington

All About You has dedicated professionals, specializing in providing quality home health care. RN's, LPN's, nurse's aides, homemakers, social workers and speech, physical and occupational therapies are all available to meet any needs. They also provide case management to help patients and families navigate the health care system. Medicare and all insurance plans cover their services. They will handle your particular requirements in a professional, confident manner. Every patient and family has unique needs their dedicated personnel can provide families with an individualized care plan reflecting all their health needs. For our clients and friends, high quality physical and occupational therapy and rapid response service on weekends especially are essential elements of a great Medicare home care agency. All About You has included as part of their network of services, APRNs who make house calls forthose patients unable to travel to a doctor, as well as performing any testing required. It is a privilege to be referral partners with All About You Home Care.

Seabury Active Living Retirement Community, Bloomfield 

One of Connecticut's first retirement communities, Seabury has grown impressively from its original facility. The sprawling campus now boasts several individual residences, from apartments to substantial single homes. Their memory care unit is superb. The surroundings provide lovely views in all seasons. An immense fitness facility, including a large pool promotes continued fitness of older adults. Seabury boasts an impressive participation of its residents in the fitness facility. Seabury also has an innovative Life Care program and Seabury at Home service. Their home care program provides both Medicare as well as home private duty services for the community and surrounding area. Their health care center boasts state of the art short-term rehab in a beautiful setting. There is excellent coordination with their Home Care agency, which provides nursing, and all therapies, following a comprehensive home safety assessment prior to discharge. It is a privilege to work in co-operation with them.


 About Always There Home Care

Always There Home Care provides compassionate, dependable and professional one-on-one care for seniors who need assistance in the comfort of their homes or residential care communities.  Services from highly qualified and trained caregivers range from companionship, meal preparation and incidental transportation to personal care, medication management and RN-directed case management. Available 7 days a week, services range from a few hours a day to 24-hour care.

Always There Home Care understands that every situation is unique and creates individualized care plans to help improve a client's quality of life.

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Our caregivers 


Our caregivers are totally committed, highly qualified and carefully selected individuals who are personally and thoroughly screened, bonded and insured. Most are Certified Nurse Assistants or Home Health Aides. Most importantly our caregivers are dependable and extraordinarily caring of others. In addition to their previous experience, our caregivers receive continuous training that includes dementia, hospice care, home safety, nutrition and other topics related to seniors. These highly qualified and trained caregivers are ready to help you and your loved ones with a variety of daily activities such as:

Personal care   /  Meal planning and preparation

Transportation to doctor appointments and other errands

Caring companionship   /  Light housekeeping

Medication reminders  /   Information and referral services   

Our personalized, nurse- supervised services are available 7 days a week and can range from a few hours a day to 24 hour and live in care.

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