In This Issue
FEATURE ARTICLE: Does Alzheimer's Caregiver Love Slow Alzheimer's Disease?
Alan Weiss on Uniqueness
Alzheimer's Disease... The Tsunami is coming.... Funding for Research and Care Lag Far Behind
Still Alice
The Remarkable Dorothy Blomberg
Kudos From Kelly
Providers We Love
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Photos in top banner: Chris (Mabel's son) dressed for church and Ryan in hockey gear; Ryan Scott McNamara's first smile!



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Photo above: Ryan Scott McNamara,  
on his first St. Patrick's Day


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Featured Article:

Does Alzheimer's Caregiver Love Slow Alzheimer's Disease?

By Bob DeMarco  | Alzheimer's Reading Room


Is it possible that Alzheimer's caregiver love can be as effective, or more effective, than the drugs that are currently available for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease?

Did you ever wonder if Alzheimer's caregiver love makes a difference? I did. I do.


Can the Alzheimer's caregiver make a difference in the progression of Alzheimer's disease? Can the caregiver make a difference in the way a person suffering from Alzheimer's behaves?


Can the way an Alzheimer's caregiver treats someone suffering from Alzheimer's disease affect the way they feel?


Can the way a person acts toward you make a difference in the way you feel? Can the words of someone you know make you feel happy, sad, or angry?


This study documents the potential impact of emotional closeness and how it can affect a person suffering from Alzheimer's disease.


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Alan Weiss on Uniqueness


We are not like tulips or tigers, pre-destined to grow into a consistent and identical form of life. We are sentient beings, who should form our own distinct persona, influence, and legacy. To simply follow the paths of others, to act without questioning, to show no interest in understanding life's meaning or our relationship to nature--this is to be a herd animal. We seem to seek commonality, from fashion to recreation, from friends to careers. What we should be seeking is uniqueness, a different cadence, a new route. It's easy to follow, it's tougher to lead, but it's toughest to be yourself in a world trying to make you generic. Resist, at all cost.


Alan Weiss is a friend, colleague and an international business consultant. ■


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Alzheimer's Disease.... The Tsunami is coming... Funding for Research and Care Lag Far Behind


The most expensive disease in America is devouring federal and state health care budgets, and depleting the life savings of millions of people with Alzheimer's and their families. But the greatest cost of this disease and other forms of dementia is not financial, but personal. This cruel ailment steals our memories, steals our independence and finally steals our dignity by eroding the ability to manage the basic tasks of daily life.


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Still Alice Read the book, See the movie

by Regina McNamara

As many of our colleagues, employees, clients and their families are aware, my mother, Kelly 's grandmother , Jean Fornaci ,died of Alzheimer's in July 2012.  She would have been 88 on March 12.  We miss her every day.


Having read the book, Still Alice, shortly after its publication, I was of course anxious to see the film.


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The Remarkable
Dorothy Blomberg

March 1924 to January 2015

We had the honor of caring for the wonderful Dorothy Riley Blomberg for the final few months of her life.


She died peacefully in her bed at home.  Her time there was spent with her family who read aloud to her, sang to her, kept her company and kept her happy. And free of pain. Many thanks to our colleagues at Vitas for their amazing care.


Dorothy lived in Wolcott with the support of her daughter Erica Bingham, a talented potter and her daughter Heather, an accomplished chef.


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Kudos from Kelly


 KUDOS from Kelly 

  by Kelly McNamara




Laura Motyl: There are few caregivers more intrepid than Laura... 


Dawn Reed: Schools closed, roads nowhere near cleared... 


Lola (Heloise) Ballesteros: Lola is a bit hesitant to drive in the snow and her night shift client is a long drive...  


Heidi Oulette: There is no such thing as a storm that will keep Heidi from her clients...

All caregivers mentioned in this column will receive a gift card and our sincere appreciation!  Many many thanks to all of you for once again extending yourselves to ensure that we are of course 
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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

Seabury at Home, Bloomfield 
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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For more information or service needs, call 24 hours a day at: 800.348.0485 or visit

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