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Faith-based and community organizations

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP

The volunteers of community and faith-based organizations are often an integral part of the support system of an older adult. Understanding ways to communicate more effectively when there are hearing, vision, speech, and/or memory problems can go a long way towards creating an environment that enhances the visitation experience for all involved.

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Caregivers and elderly face holiday blues. More attention is essential for mental health, according To ElderCarelink

November 15, 2006 - ASHLAND, MA

The National Institute of Mental Health considers depression in people 65 and older to be a major health problem, with some six million seniors suffering from late-life depression, which is often magnified during the holidays. While the rest of the world is busy shopping, planning family gatherings, and attending festivities, the elderly can be easily overlooked.

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Caregivers and families to face rise in elder care issues during holiday season, according to ElderCarelink

November 1, 2006 - ASHLAND, MA

A sharply increasing number of families will face rising eldercare challenges during this approaching holiday season. For out-of-town visitors, seeing the condition of their elderly relative in person may come as a shock. For those already intimately involved with caregiving responsibilities, the holidays can be a time when both the onset of winter and the emotional needs of the elderly will add to the job at hand.

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