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Wednesday October 30th, 2013

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure is sometimes called "the silent killer." This is because it is dangerous but has few outward symptoms. As the heart pumps, it pushes blood through the arteries, creating pressure on the artery walls. High blood pressure means that your heart is having to work extra hard. Nearly two out of three adults 60 or older have high blood pressure! Besides age, other factors make it more likely your loved one, or even you, could develop high blood pressure.
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Wednesday October 23rd, 2013

Repairing identity theft

It’s a fact that scam artists prey on older adults. Scammers steal and use identifying information to obtain cash, make purchases, and/or open new accounts for services. Your family member may be completely unaware that his or her identity has been stolen. Watch for signs of identity theft:
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Wednesday October 16th, 2013

Becoming more resilient

As a family caregiver, you probably hold yourself to a very high standard. You expect yourself to react with kindness and patience at all times, no matter how unpleasant or inconvenient the task. Compassionate caring is a high ideal for family caregivers. But some days are admittedly better than others. And then comes the self-criticism and guilt!
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Tuesday October 15th, 2013

9th Annual Dot, Bob, & Ginny B Memorial Ride to Benefit Hospice

 9th Annual Dot, Bob, & Ginny B Memorial Ride to Benefit Hospice (All proceeds will benefit the Hospice & Palliative CareCenter in Winston-Salem)                                                    Explore the roads of the Piedmont with us to raise money in memory of Dot, Bob, and Ginny Ride will begin at Honda of Winston-Salem and end at Hanging Rock State Park
Wednesday October 2nd, 2013

When family members disagree

The person who is ill may have very clear thoughts about what he or she wants in terms of care at the end of life, but family members may not agree. This situation can make things very difficult for the professionals involved. They are legally and ethically bound to follow the patient's wishes. If all the paperwork is complete and available, then there is no question about what will be done.
kate b reynolds home
Wednesday September 25th, 2013

When Mom is really mean

Aging brings with it many losses. Some seniors feel enraged by these changes, and others are terrified by the lack of control. Sadly, when people feel backed into a corner, they often "let fly" with the safest person: the caregiving family member. If spending time with your relative leaves you feeling worthless, picked on, or controlled, that’s cause for concern. And action. In the extreme, your relative’s angry or controlling behavior may constitute emotional abuse:
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Wednesday September 18th, 2013

Avoiding surgery on the wrong body part

Surgical errors are alarmingly common. They can include the wrong procedure or the wrong person. Or surgery on the wrong body part, such as the left hip instead of the right! The government calls these errors "never events," because they shouldn't ever happen. The good news? Communication is the best prevention. You can play a well-defined role in ensuring your loved one doesn’t become the wrong kind of statistic! Use the following guide to support your relative on the day of surgery, in either an office or hospital setting.
kate b reynolds hospice home
Wednesday September 11th, 2013

Hope and serious illness

In the context of serious illness, one's greatest fear is that the condition will be fatal. Feelings of hopelessness are common-and a life without hope is grim indeed. The challenge of terminal illness is to learn to live with dying, to find purpose and meaning even in the face of a limited future. Without purpose, you risk the death of emotions while you are still alive. Even if a condition is incurable, it is possible to have hope. It's simply that your definition of hope must change.
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Wednesday September 4th, 2013

What to do with their stuff?

If you are helping a relative downsize for a move, it is often helpful to sort belongings into four categories: items to keep items to throw away items to sell items to give to charity Items to keep and to throw away have obvious action steps. If you have a lot to dispose of, ask the local waste hauler to drop a debris box at the curb. Be sure to shred anything that includes personal identification information.