In This Issue
FEATURE ARTICLE: Are you having difficulty understanding, coping and communicating with a person living with dementia? Try these 2 tips
Alan Weiss on Uniqueness
Downsizing Part A
When we get older we think differently
Happy Father's Day!
Farewell Rose, You Were Much Loved!
Kudos From Kelly
Providers We Love
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Photos in top banner: Matilde, caregiver(left) and Mabel (client services coordinator) in glamour poses; Mike Krumenacker and daughter Emma; Ryan (Regina's grandson) reading.



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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 
Are you having difficulty
understanding, coping and
communicating with a person
living with dementia? Try
these 2 tips.

By Bob DeMarco | Alzheimer's Reading Room


It isn't easy to learn how persons living with Alzheimer's think, feel, and act; and, why they do what they do.

This is understandable. No one taught us how to do it, and we are not prepared in life to deal with behaviors that are caused by brain disorders.

When a person living with dementia changes the way they communicate with us most of us become what can best be called discombobulated.

Discombobulated: confused, disconcerted, upset, frustrated, and then angry.

This happens because we continue to communicate with them in the way we always have over the course of our lives.

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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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 Downsizing Part A by Joan Blumenfeld 
At the age of seventy-five, Sharon chose to move from the eight-room home where her three children grew up to a two-bedroom apartment. While she was still in good health she sold the mortgage-free house where she had lived for forty-six years, and never looked back! Sharon bought that house in 1963 for about what a decent car costs these days. She got somewhat less than the asking price but still a satisfactory amount. She dutifully paid the capital gains tax and with the help of a careful, thoughtful financial advisor, invested the rest. Sharon rented an apartment. She rented a brand new apartment in the next town, exactly seven minutes from her old home. She rented a lovely space: two bedrooms, two baths, open kitchen with black granite counters, a loft for her library and TV, and a living room with ten large, sunny windows!


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 When we get older we think differently 
This letter was sent to the Principal's office after the school had sponsored a luncheon for the elderly. An elderly lady received a new radio at the lunch as a door prize and was writing to say thank you. This story is a credit to all humankind, especially if you are familiar with the elderly.

Dear Kean Elementary, God bless you for the beautiful radio I won at your recent senior citizens luncheon. I am 84 years old and live at the Springer Home for the Aged. All of my family has passed away. I am all alone now and it's nice to know that someone is thinking of me. God bless you for your kindness to an old forgotten lady. My roommate is 95 and has always had her own radio, but before I received one, she would never let me listen to hers, even when she was napping.

The other day her radio fell off the night stand and broke into a lot of pieces. It was awful and she was in tears. Her distress over the broken radio touched me and I knew this was God's way of answering my prayers. She asked if she could listen to mine, and I told her to kiss my ass.

Thank you for that opportunity.Sincerely, Agnes  ■

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Farewell Rose,
You Were Much Loved!
Rose Stefanowicz beloved wife of the late John F. Stefanowicz died on Saturday, May 9, 2015 peacefully at her home.

Born on Aug. 2, 1927, in Southington, she was the daughter of the late Antonio and Saveria (Perillo) Trapio, Sr. Rose attended local schools in Cheshire and Southington. She was a long time resident of Meriden and parishioner of St. Stanislaus Church. Continue Reading About Rose

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 KUDOS from Kelly 

  by Kelly McNamara


Angie (Sameda) Amegashi: Angie, it seems, has been with us for years, but in reality it has been only a very busy 14 months.  Angie is a truly exceptional caregiver and a remarkable person.  She is the fortunate recipient of the "lottery prize " in her native Ghana, an international award few are blessed to receive.  It provides a "fast track " to permanent status in the US and paves the way for her to become a citizen.  But enough about her ambition, intelligence and motivation.  Since beginning with us she has taken on only very complicated clients with serious needs for very observant care. Continue Reading About Angie

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

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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