In This Issue
FEATURE ARTICLE: 7 Ways to Get a Dementia Patient to Eat More Food
Interested in Living Healthier and Longer? Remember this: Smoking Gun is Sugar
Alan Weiss on Being Yourself
Safe Spring Cleaning for Seniors
Liz, we will miss you!.
Kudos From Kelly
Providers We Love
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Photos in top banner: Mabel's son, Chris going for a ride; Regina's grandson Ryan rolling over; Jessica, our web guru with her oldest daughter Lillian.  



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1. Bridget, caregiver, nursing student,  
daughters from left Grace Ann, MaryAnn,  
oldest Meagyn, trying on her teen face  
early; 2 & 3. Mary Dolan, our Graphic 
designer with daughter grace and her son  
Luke,; 4. Marissa and Ryan, Regina's daughter  
in law and grandson ; 5. Jess, our newsletter  
guru and Emma; 6.- mabel,  hard at work  
in office, Chris along for the ride.; 7. Mabel, Always There Client Services Coordinator  
and Chris


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Featured Article:  
7 Ways to Get a Dementia Patient
to Eat More Food
By Carole Larkin | Alzheimer's Reading Room


Q. I am facing troubles getting my dad to eat. He suffers from Alzheimer's disease. Can you suggest some ways to make the process easier?

A. Let me begin with the statement that the disease itself seems to cause many people to eat less than they did before. Strangely, Alzheimer's and some other dementias can cause other people to (compulsively) eat more, but from my 10 years of experience in helping families deal with this disease, it seems to be a small minority that eat more rather than less.

1. Let's start with you becoming a detective. Why do you think he eats less?

Are his meals occurring around the same time every day? In other words, is eating part of a standard routine that is set up for him every day? It should be.

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  Interested in Living Healthier and  
Longer? Remember this: Smoking Gun  
is Sugar by: Lisa Cain, PhD 
I know that we all want to identify the ONE factor that is making us unhealthy.

One thing is so much easier to remember than - let's say - three things.

I am a fan of making life simple and working on problems with baby steps. Ask any professional in the field of getting people healthy and they are going to tell you that eating fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains - AND - exercising, sleeping, drinking less alcohol, ending smoking, etc. etc. etc. are the foundations of a healthy lifestyle.
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 Alan Weiss on Being Yourself


Why is it so few people are comfortable in their own skins these days? On Facebook, there is a bizarre request made by many to "prove" their posts are read by forcing people to make a response. Klout scores purportedly show social media popularity. Conformity in dress, language, icons, and experiences is like the gravitational pull of Jupiter. We are being pulled toward a lowest common denominator of mediocrity, a tropism toward the banal. The people I've seen become most successful are those who aren't afraid to stand out in a crowd. The don't march to the beat of a "distant drummer," they beat their own drum. They create respect, they don't crave affection. If you want unconditional love, get a dog. But don't demand that it respond in writing every time you pet it. ■

Alan is a colleague, friend and international business consultant  


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Safe Spring Cleaning for Seniors   

By: Caren Parnes  |  For The Senior's Choice


Many remember a time when the onset of milder weather meant days of scrubbing walls and floors, washing linens and airing out the house after a long winter. 

While cleaning house has remained part of our culture, new products such as wipes, natural-ingredient cleaners and electrostatic dry mops and mitts make the annual job easier. But in spite of the innovations, spring-cleaning still involves indoor and outdoor chores that can be challenging to those dealing with vision loss, limited mobility, balance problems and other chronic conditions of aging.   


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Liz, we will miss you!
Elizabeth Cook Minor, 100, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend died peacefully in her home on Thursday, April 16, 2015.

She was born AT HOME  in Meriden on June 6, 1914, to the late Edna (Skidgell) and Arthur E. Cook. Elizabeth graduated form Edgewood Park Junior College and worked for an INSURANCE  company in Hartford. She married the late William F. Minor Jr. on Oct. 12, 1940, at the chapel at Yale University and were married for 40 years until his death in 1980. Elizabeth lived in Meriden for the majority of her life, relocating only once to New York City, N.Y. to support her husband who was called for service there during World War II. She was a celebrated matriarch centurion of Meriden.

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 KUDOS from Kelly 

  by Kelly McNamara


Regina Gogoe: Regina is one of our most valued, and frequently requested caregivers.  Her maturity, perceptive observations of client and family concerns and changes and her genial nature combine to make her a very committed and caring person and a truly wonderful caregiver.  Most recently she took over a case with an elderly lady, Liz Minor several months ago.  While she was of advanced age, Liz enjoyed  frequent field trips  with Reggie around Meriden, out to lunch,  for manicures, and trips for ice cream, one of Liz' favorite foods.  In recent months, Liz' condition declined and Reggie , together with our colleagues at Vitas hospice cared for her in her home until her peaceful death on April 16.  After a brief break, Reggie was assigned to another special client and will be a wonderful support to both E N as well as her family.  We are so pleased that Reggie is a member of our team and are grateful for the wonderful service she provides to our clients and their families.

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 
Always There...!! ■

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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

Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, Middlebury CT

The Seasons Hospice team believes we should all be born into and leave the world in comfort, warmth and love.

The caregivers at Seasons Hospice hold steadfast to placing patients and their loved ones at the center of hospice care. A team of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, music therapists and volunteers provide compassionate clinical Seasons Hospice is a community-based organization with a mission to find creative solutions that add quality to end-of-life care. It has special programs that go above and beyond traditional hospice care.

 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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