In This Issue
FEATURE ARTICLE: Finding Joy in Caring for mothers with Alzheimers... And comfort in living without them
Alan Weiss on Complaining. Why?
Congrats to our New Graduates!!
Hearing Loss in Seniors: Causes & Care
OUR SPECIAL FAITH... Gone from Our Sight, Forever in our Hearts
Kudos From Kelly
Providers We Love
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Photos in top banner: Lillian and mom Jessica Krumenacker; Chris and water... A great match; Regina's neice Jeanette sunning with Bentley    




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Featured Article 
Finding Joy in Caring for mothers with Alzheimers...
And comfort in living without them.

By Bob DeMarco | Alzheimer's Reading Room


Bob is a colleague who generously shares his wisdom on the topic of caring for and about family members who have Alzheimer's.

For 8 years he cared for his mom Dotty who died in May 2012, two  months before my mother, Kelly's grandmother died from the same disease.  Bob taught all of us the importance of remembering that  our loved ones are STILL THERE.  That much joy can be found in everyday activities.  Isolation is a terrible option.  Bob's wisdom helped guide our family and my mother's caregiver during the tough times. More importantly, it helped us all focus on helping her live each day to the fullest.  Now, at the 3-year mark of her death, it is those memories of joyful times in spite of this dreaded disease that sustain us and help others who are struggling with these issues as well.

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 Alan Weiss on Complaining. Why?
This week's focus point: A lot of people are complaining that's it's been a tough year. Too cold. Too hot. Too wet. Too dry. Business is off. Technology is hurting us. Bad breaks. High taxes. Long commutes. Difficult travel. I watched one of our snapping turtles lay eggs this morning, in a thousands-of-years-old manner, scooping out a hole, laying the eggs, covering them, laboriously getting back to the water. Most of the eggs will be eaten or destroyed. Sometimes all will be. Yet we've had at least three snappers here for the 30 years I've been here, and I doubt they are endangered. They carve out a home and do what they have to do. The inability of an animal to complain, sue, or file a grievance is a wonderful gift. Perhaps we should give more emphasis to our reptilian brain.

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

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 Congrats to our New Graduates!!
  By: Regina McNamara RN MSN MPH  
We encourage our caregivers to continue their education in their area of interest. Of course, being a life long nurse, I am partial to those who choose nursing as a career.  This is far from an easy path. Admission to nursing programs is a very competitive.  The standards are high, with limited nursing slots.  There are often many hurdles with which to contend as tough prerequisite courses requiring completion before one even applies to nursing school.

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 Hearing Loss in Seniors: Causes
 & Care  By: Caren Parnes For The Senior's Choice   

Hearing loss is one of the most common conditions affecting older adults. Roughly a third of Americans age 65 to 74, and 50% of those 75 and older have hearing loss.

Types of Hearing Loss
There are two general categories of hearing loss:

Sensorineural Hearing Loss: This occurs when there is damage to the inner ear or the auditory nerve. This type of hearing loss is permanent.

Conductive Hearing Loss: This occurs when sound waves cannot reach the inner ear.

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Gone from Our Sight, Forever in our Hearts

Faith L. Dion  1935 - 2015

The passing of Faith L. Dion on Sunday, June 21, 2015  at home, surrounded by family ended a most selfless life. Her given name was truly a tribute to her parents, Leo Layson and Florence Masses' marital trust and hopes. Born in San Diego, CA on March 23, 1935, she joined her brother and mother traveling to China, the Philippines and other naval bases. 

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Kudos from Kelly


 KUDOS from Kelly 

  by Kelly McNamara


Ivy Oppong Kyekyeku: Ivy has been the treasured caregiver for I F, a lovely and elegant woman "of a certain age" at her beautiful home in Maplewood of Danbury.  Ivy is strikingly beautiful, and turns heads whenever she passes by.  When people ask about her, we simply say, "Yes, she used to be a super model, but now she works for us.  And aren't we lucky!"

Ivy has a trusting and supportive relationship with her beloved client and is always alert to any signs of early decline or problems.  
She tries her best to avoid hospitalizations and after a brief stint in the hospital over  the winter ,she has since the avoided any further trips to the hospital.  Bot Ivy and her client are much too busy socializing and taking part in all the wonderful activities and the great food at Maplewood.  Both lovely women have accumulated several friends in the facility.

Thanks for all you do,  Ivy every day and for the amazing impact you have had on your grateful client. Beauty, as it turns out is indeed far more than skin deep!

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

We are Always There!