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Happy Valentine’s Day! How many of you remember being in grade school and preparing for Valentine’s Day by writing out your cards to friends and that one special person? Or waiting to be invited to the Valentine’s Day high school dance?


How time flies! Now that we’re grown up we may have forgotten the excitement of Valentine’s Day. Do something unexpected for someone. Call a friend you haven’t spoken to in some time. Call your mom or dad and wish them Happy Valentine’s Day. Celebrate with the joy of your youth!


If you are an industry professional, it’s likely that you experience challenging family situations on a daily basis whether you work with older adults, their children, or other family members. Depending on your area of specialty, you may find the below articles beneficial as they examine different facts of relationships and care needs.  


Please share these articles with colleagues and others who might find them helpful.


In this newsletter are three articles to share with other caregivers you know:

If you are a caregiver looking for a single source of information, my book,  The Caregiving Trap: Solutions for Life's Unexpected Changes offers helpful advice and recommendations.


If The Care Navigator has been of assistance to you, we sincerely appreciate other individuals and caregivers you send to us for assistance. We do our best to make sure that your confidence in us is returned. Please email me at [email protected] or call me (303) 810-1816 if you have questions about how The Care Navigator might assist you or those you know.  You may also review our list of Frequently Asked Questions. 


Visit my website for more information about the services we provide:  The Care Navigator  

We look forward to being of service.
Pamela D. Wilson, The Care Navigator


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Financial Exploitation of the Elderly: Can You Do the Math?

By Pamela D. Wilson, CSA, MS, BS/BA, CG

 I recently received a letter with an AARP logo telling me that I may have sewer line issues and that I should contact a particular company to have an investigation completed or I might be personally liable for damage to my sewer line and to the homes of my neighbors. I took a moment and was able to review a logical process in my mind that confirmed that my house is on a well. If there is a well then there is no sewer line. If there is an issue it would be with my septic tank not my sewer line. If there is no sewer line then there is no potential for damage or to the homes of my neighbors, who also by the way have wells and septic systems.

My next thought was that the sender of the letter obviously didn’t check to make certain I was on city water with a sewer line. The next thought was that they were sending thousands of letters to residents who might not be able to review a logical thought process that would confirm that the letter was a scam. This thought made me angry, however I confirmed with the police that the letter was not “illegal”. What a shame that some older adult in my neighborhood would likely participate in this scam and have no recourse.    

Research indicates that many variables affect the ability of an older adult to succumb to financial abuse or making a poor medical decision. One variable is a decline in arithmetic skills. Another variable is specific to the concept of “numeracy”. Numeracy is different from adding or subtracting numbers. Numeracy relates to mental engagement, comprehension, and the ability to use numbers or math skills to make a decision. Numeracy also involves the ability to gauge probability that relates not only to financial but to medical decision making.

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AnchorWarning: Get Smart and Live Longer
Low Intelligence (and Denial) Increases Chronic Disease and Early Disability

By Pamela D. Wilson, CSA, MS, BS/BA, CG

Research indicates that intelligence predicts mid-life biological aging.1 Low intelligence is associated not just with premature death, but also with a range of health conditions, beginning with obesity and the metabolic syndrome in the first half of the life course, followed by type 2 diabetes and heart disease in later life, and dementia in old age.2

Do I have your attention?

My book, The Caregiving Trap: Solutions for Life’s Unexpected Changes has an entire chapter titled “Removing the Rose-Colored Glasses” that tells the tale of chronic disease and the effect on old age. If you want to become dependent on others in old age and need care, it’s simple–ignore your health at a young age. You can also become a caregiver for a loved one and deny your own needs. Many caregivers experience greater health declines than the persons for whom they care.

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Memory Loss: My Parent is Forgetful – Is it Serious?

By Pamela D. Wilson, CSA, MS, BS/BA, CG

Caregivers wonder about signs that indicate a loved one may have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or dementia. Is simple forgetfulness an indicator? Is the type of forgetfulness a factor? How complicated is memory loss to diagnose? How might I notice forgetfulness in a loved one? Isn’t becoming forgetful as we age normal?

There is a term called “cognitive control” that means the ability to coordinate, organize behavior, plan, and reason which are considered higher order brain processes that support or impair day-to-day function. Simple mention of forgetting where one placed a set of keys is also relevant however day-to-day functioning is more relevant in diagnosing memory loss. It’s this change in day to day functioning that occurs over time and that many family members fail to notice until something more significant occurs that cannot be ignored.

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AnchorThe Care Navigator - Frequently Asked Questions:
  • How do I decide if services of the Care Navigator can help me?

Pamela D. Wilson of The Care Navigator offers a FREE 15 minute phone consultation to allow you to present the details of your situation, to ask questions and to determine if The Care Navigator is able to provide support that is a good fit for your situation. The Care Navigator offers as little or as much support as desired -- ranging from a one hour in office consultation to the services of care navigation, care advocacy, care oversight and care coordination, assessments and service as a guardian, power of attorney or personal representative. We tailor our services to meet your needs.

  • What if I don't know the questions I should ask?

The fact that you are asking this question proves that you are aware of the benefits of asking the right questions and the importance of this aspect in arriving at a positive outcome. During the FREE 15 minute phone consultation and throughout our work with you, you will be asked questions to help you understand the complexities of situations so that you become more educated and informed and better able to advocate for your situation.

  • What if my loved one has a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer's disease?

If you have a loved one diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's disease, accessing the services of The Care Navigator is even more important. Understanding the effects of the diagnosis on daily life and making plans for the future are critical to ensure that a loved one's wishes will be fulfilled. Some individuals with dementia experience significant changes in behaviors that threaten or frighten loved ones. Others refuse care. By having a better understanding of the disease process and the options for support you will be able to support needed care for your loved one.

  • How do we decide what support is beneficial?
  • Are you able to work within my budget?

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Wishing you all the best, 

Pamela D. Wilson
The Care Navigator, The Caring Generation, and author of the book, The Caregiving Trap
[email protected]
(303) 810-1816

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