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sam&jesse




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Sheltered Meadow - Lauren Bavin
Intricate Initials Silver - Lauren Bavin

As a nurse, I have worked for more than
20 years on a Geriatric Mental Health unit,
with people going through various psychiatric
dilemmas usually related to aging. There has
been a significant change in our clientele over
the years. The average age now would be about
84. This is almost 10 years older than 20 years
ago because seniors are living longer. As well
many of the newer medications;
antidepressants, antipsychotics & meds for
anxiety are more effective, have fewer
side effects and therefore can be safely
prescribed & monitored in the
community. The one constant has been
those with advanced Alzheimer’s; frequently
with accompanying behaviour problems.
These people are less likely to benefit from the
new drugs aimed at slowing memory loss.
Currently I am reading “ Still Alice” by
Lisa Genova, a very well written book
about a 50 year old woman experiencing
early onset AD.

Although it is a novel, this book has had a profound
effect on me because the central character is
younger than me and the author has done a
marvelous job of describing the insidious onset of
the disease. As experienced as we are in working
with people with AD, we work with older
individuals at the end of the process
This book has certainly been an eye opener,
with many “what if” conversations & voiced fears.
· Date: Wed August 25, 2010 · Views: 755
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Keywords: Alzheimer's
Program: PSE6
Fonts: Millie dsp, Cambria Math

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Abby

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Registered: April 2004
Posts: 40,411
Wed August 25, 2010 7:53pm

This is wonderful and scares me to bits! It's such an incredibly hideous disease and totally uncaring in who it strikes .. any age, any lifestyle .. yikes!
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Ging101

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Registered: September 2006
Posts: 1,253
Wed August 25, 2010 8:00pm

Wow! What a beautifully written page. Bless you for the work that you do!

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MandyT

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Registered: September 2004
Location: Adelaide, Australia
Posts: 8,615
Wed August 25, 2010 8:15pm

WOW - this is an amazing layout about something no one really likes to think about. I can imagine nothing worse than slowing losing my memories and sense of self.
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Lauren

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Registered: March 2004
Location: Auckland New Zealand
Posts: 42,407
Wed August 25, 2010 8:18pm

This is a powerful and strong layout which is outstanding and Ive chosen it as my pick of the pack on my blog today - http://create4u.blogspot.com/2010/08...eimers-by.html

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teetopper

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Registered: December 2008
Location: Kansas
Posts: 7,140
Wed August 25, 2010 8:36pm

POWERFUL!! Beautiful, scary, informative, all of the above. I am terrified of this disease, my Aunt has it and I really think my Mother was showing signs of it before she died. Bless you for your heartfelt layout, but more for the work you have done and continue to do. Love your layout!

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Wed August 25, 2010 9:14pm

I commend you for your work with geriatric patients. I'm sure it can wear on you and be frightening, especially as you and your loved ones age, but what you do is of tremendous value. This is a fascinating page; a window into your life and values and informative, as well. Pam, you have been doing a magnificent job lately of showing the variety of topics that digital scrapbooking can be used for. This page probably strikes a chord with everyone who views it.
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JaneyDoll

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Registered: April 2008
Posts: 314
Wed August 25, 2010 9:14pm

My family just ended a 9 1/2 year journey being full time caregivers for my Nanny (my mom's mom) who was diagnosed at 59 yrs old. My sister and I were in our late teens, and our parents were just starting their 40's. Insidious is just the first word I would choose to describe this disease. The caregiving that we did was on our own with no one's help. We are now stronger and have a faith in us that I find inspiring, but the journey, at times, had the potential to take us down hard and fast. She just passed away this past Nov.

My mom wrote a song for this disease (I Remember You) that I would post the link to but I am thinking that it's not allowed on the forum. So PM me if you would like a link to the song on Amazon and Itunes. It's a powerful song meant to touch anyone that hears it and provide a comfort to anyone that is on their own journey with this horrific disease. So please, PM me for the link.

What a beautiful LO and you are an amazing woman for the work you do. It takes special people and I know you are truly special.

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GrandmaCrys

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Registered: December 2005
Location: Just looking forward to our next domino game.
Posts: 108,247
Wed August 25, 2010 11:23pm

I have to agree with those above; I cannot express it any better than they. Bless your heart.

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omio

Oh Me, Oh My

Registered: July 2005
Location: My own little world
Posts: 9,146
Thu August 26, 2010 12:30am

It takes a special person to work with your patients, but it takes an amazing person to take time to remember that these people were once so vibrant. Wonderful layout and journalling.

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Registered: April 2006
Location: DSP TURNS 10 IN APRIL!
Posts: 124,752
Thu August 26, 2010 12:50am

Wowsers! Love your page!!!! Love your page design and your journaling is so profound!!!! WOW! I am going to have to read that book!

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smatt644

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Registered: August 2005
Location: Southern Calif.
Posts: 3,862
Thu August 26, 2010 5:38pm

WOW - amazing LO!! Scares me to pieces, but I do want to read this book. It does take a very special person to work with older patients. Bless you!

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celtic-mom68

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Registered: February 2007
Location: great lakes state
Posts: 807
Thu August 26, 2010 6:39pm

amazingly exceptional page, I too have just read this book last month and it changed the way i looked at the disease and all those unfortunate souls who are diagnosed with it, I also believe my mom exhibits quite a few of the symptoms!
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