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Caregivers and Those You Serve



The brain is the computer that runs our entire body.


What happens when the brain works extra hard in the case of attempting to help the body to hear? The brain enters a point of stress and uses the available cognitive reserves to attempt to correct the hearing loss.  If not addressed the hearing loss may result in a diagnosis of dementia.  


If the brain loses the ability to hear sounds, imagine what other parts of the brain may be affected when individuals experience hearing loss over an extended period of time. Might it also be said that for persons who give up reading or intellectual pursuits that the brain also starves in these areas?


What about physical activity, does the body atrophy and forget how to move? A lack of use of the brain in any single area might severely affect many other areas of our physical and cognitive abilities.


The theme of this newsletter relates to taking action to prevent health declines before a need for care arises. If you know persons who are care receivers, what might he or she do to improve the care situation? If you are a caregiver, how might you be proactive with your own health and well-being?


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 from The Caring Generation® Library beneficial as they examine different facets 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.


Articles in this newsletter are posted in The Caring Generation® Library. Access to the articles expires in 30 days. You can join the library for free, it’s just like having a library card, to access these and many other articles, videos, and podcasts.


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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Can You Hear Me? Hearing Loss May Result in Dementia

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

The prevalence of dementia is projected to double every 20 years such that by 2050 more than 100 million people or nearly 1 in 85 persons will be affected worldwide. (Ferri, World Alzheimer’s Report)

A diagnosis of dementia results from a variety of conditions and health concerns including heart and vascular concerns, diabetes, a low level of involvement in leisure and social activities, and sedentary behavior that results in physical disability and isolation. Hearing loss may also contribute to a diagnosis of dementia.

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AnchorAging in Place: Neighbor Helping Neighbor Groups

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

How many of you live in a neighborhood, a townhouse, or an apartment? Did you ever consider that as you age you might be able to create your own naturally occurring retirement community, also called a NORC? The idea of a Neighbor Helping Neighbor group is a concept to promote aging in place rather than a premature move to a traditional retirement community.

How many of you know your neighbors? In the neighborhood in Omaha, Nebraska where I grew up, I could name all of the families on our block and many on the next block. We lived in a small community where all of the neighbors said hello, visited, and were helpful. In the early 60’s and 70’s to my surprise this could have been considered a naturally occurring retirement community. Many of the residents were my parent’s age with their adult children who visited often.

Research proves that many older adults prefer to remain in their own homes and communities throughout later life. A study by AARP confirms that 73% of adults agreed with the statement, “What I’d really like to do is remain in my current residence for as long as possible.” (Keenan)

As the years pass, depending on the health of the individual, this desire may become very difficult to achieve. While family members are often the main source of support for older adults, what informal supports might be put into place to allow older adults to remain in their homes?

These informal supports represent the concept of the naturally occurring retirement community. How do Neighbor Helping Neighbor groups occur? Is it possible to establish a group in your neighborhood or in the neighborhood of your parents? Anything is possible.

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Sedentary Behavior: A Million Excuses

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

Do you know a family member or a friend who has a million excuses why some action cannot be taken?  Not interested. Not enough time. Too busy. Too tired. No money.

It’s easy to excuse ourselves out of daily life. How many of you saw the movie, “Yes Man” with comedian Jim Carrey? It’s a humorous depiction of events that happen when a person commits to saying yes. How often do you say no versus yes?

As we age, we become more set in our ways. We might say no more frequently. No to friends who invite us to go out to a movie. No to the idea of joining a book club. No. No. No. Where does this get us? Alone. Sedentary. Inactive. Isolated. Depressed. Physically disabled.  

Exercise is of significant benefit to our health and well-being, yet only a small percentage of the population engages in regular exercise. We spend hours a day on the computer, engaging in social media, sitting and watching television, and in other sedentary activities. Sedentary behavior (SB) versus physical activity (PA) is a significant challenge to maintaining good health especially as we age.

You might be shocked to learn that “SB – or activities involving sitting or lying down and expending minimal energy – is highly prevalent in the United States. Older adults aged 65 and older spend between 8 and 11 hours per day in sedentary time. (Matthews et. al., 2008) Rather than becoming more active in retirement, instead we sit around and do nothing.

The reality is that many of us who have day jobs may be sedentary. We sit at desks or computers for very long periods of time and our bodies and minds become tired and weak.

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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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