ETPCS & NHC PRESENT A NEW SNACK SERIES AT STRANG SENIOR CENTER

Noon-Time Snack Series presented by East Tennessee Personal Care This is a new noontime snack series that will feature guests & speakers from all over the area.  It will be a regular monthly program at the Frank Strang Senior Center in Farragut, complete with special treats and finger foods.   This program series is presented by ETPCS and NHC Farragut. Wednesday, March 5th at 12 NOON “What do I do Now” Carolyn Pointer Neil of Elder Advocates will speak on how to handle those crises we don’t expect.  Is a family member in need of immediate care?  Do you need advice or assistance on a personal family medical matter?  Many times we aren’t sure of what is wrong, or what is needed.  In the case of one local woman, her husband was acting strangely, and seemed confused and disoriented.  Elder Advocates assessed and advised her on who to see, where to go, and what to do next.  Listen to Ms. Neil, RN, who will talk about all of these situations and where to find help. Register by calling the Strang Senior Center at 865-670-6693 $2 Donation...

2014 Legal Handbook for Seniors

The 2014 Legal Handbook for Seniors has just been released by the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA), which developed the resource book, and by the TBA’s Education Committee, which updated the book. Legal Aid of East Tennessee and the O’Connor Center will introduce the 2014 Legal Handbook for Seniors, on Thursday, February 27, at 2:00 p.m. at the Center (611 Winona Street). TBA President Cindy Wyrick will be on hand to answer questions, and information will be given on how to obtain copies. Seniors, providers of senior services, and other interested persons are invited to...

East Tennessee Personal Care Services

East Tennessee Personal Care Services East Tennessee Personal Care Service has over 20 years experience providing health care and personal support services to clients and their families. East Tennessee Personal Care Service is fully licensed by the state of Tennessee and we are an insured non-medical personal care service serving the Knoxville area and surrounding counties: Knox, Loudon, Blount, Roane, Anderson,...
Dementia patient’s ‘shadowing’ may be sign of fear

Dementia patient’s ‘shadowing’ may be sign of fear

Have you ever had a loved one with dementia follow you around like a lost puppy? This is called “shadowing.”Shadowing is the act of an Alzheimer’s or dementia patient attempting to keep his or her caregiver in sight at all times. When caring for my father, there were times when I didn’t even have to turn around. I could feel the warmth of his breath heating up the back of my neck! He constantly would follow me around like a small boy clinging to his mother’s dress. Even if I left him with a respite caregiver for an hour or two, he perpetually would ask where I was, sometimes more than 20 times in a half-hour. This obviously could drive the person staying with him almost to the point of madness. The behavior usually began about an hour or so before he began showing signs of “Sundowner’s” (Sundown Syndrome). When someone is cognitively impaired, there is a profound sense of fear involved. People living with dementia can experience this all day long. When they finally get to a stage where they just don’t feel safe alone anymore, the shadowing becomes even more excessive. I’ve always said controlling that anxiety is half the battle of caring for them. Primary caregivers become security blankets, lifelines and the center of their loved ones’ world. They never want to be alone. This is how it was with my dad. He would follow me everywhere, and I do mean everywhere. It got to the point that when I went into the bathroom, within seconds my father would be knocking on the door asking what...