The power of smell – Essential Oils in Caregiving

How do you feel when you smell a familiar scent like cinnamon, vanilla, lemon or even peppermint? What scent brings back pleasant memories, decreases your pain, or even makes you hungry for something to eat? We are surrounded by scents all day long but how many of us are aware that scents, in the form [...]

By |2022-01-16T14:48:56-06:00January 15th, 2022|Care Notes, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Coffee Talk With Caregivers

Coffee Talk with Caregivers is an informational virtual group created for caregivers of aging loved ones with memory loss. There is no charge to participate and anyone from anywhere is welcome to join. The family caregivers who attend will have a front row seat to the discussions about a variety of topics to help support [...]

By |2022-01-21T11:44:10-06:00April 5th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments


St. John’s rings in 2020 with kindness and love for people who are struggling to care for a loved one with dementia. We know caregiving can be stressful and lonely. St. John’s wants to be there when you need us to help shoulder a bit of the burden by providing resources, support, and socialization. We [...]

By |2020-01-19T15:43:06-06:00January 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Anticipatory Grieving

BY GAIL SHAW— Home Services Care Coordinator - A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can be devastating for both the client and their family caregiver. Suddenly life changes and there is a reason to explain why one can’t remember names, faces or important dates, why your loved one is not able to explain the new dents on [...]

By |2019-04-08T13:56:54-05:00April 3rd, 2019|Care Notes, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Every Season Brings Change

BY DAVID PIEPLOW - Contributing Writer A parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. One day the mule fell into the farmer’s well. The farmer heard the mule “braying” or whatever mules do when they fall into wells. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with his mule but decided [...]

By |2018-10-05T09:07:13-05:00October 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Lost Art of Relaxation

BY DAVID PIEPLOW - contributing writer - A guy goes into the doctor’s office and says, “Doc, I keep having these alternating, recurring dreams.  First I’m a teepee; then I’m a wigwam; then I’m a teepee; then I’m a wigwam again.  It’s driving me crazy.  I can’t get any sleep and I’m a nervous wreck.  [...]

By |2018-08-17T12:50:53-05:00August 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

When is it Time to Limit Driving or Give Up the Keys?

BY DAVID PIEPLOW - Contributing Writer As an adult child, there may come a time when you realize that your older loved one simply cannot safely or confidently drive an automobile. They may pose a serious danger to themselves and others when they get behind the wheel. What do you do? What should you say? First, [...]

By |2018-07-03T16:22:36-05:00April 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Corner Office – Milestones by Nancy Berry

Working with older people has many rewards, among which is enjoying their tales of significant events in their lives.  Some – like the depression or World War II – are universal for those who lived through those times.  Most are much more personal – first day of school; death of a sibling, parent, or spouse; [...]

By |2013-07-17T13:28:33-05:00July 17th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tablet designed for loved ones suffering from memory loss

Tablet designed for loved ones suffering from memory loss Here’s a product you don’t see every day—a tablet designed specifically for senior citizens.  The Memo Touch is designed as a reminder tool for those who struggle with short-term memory loss, and can be used to deliver gentle cues when its time to take a  medication, go [...]

By |2013-04-08T11:33:09-05:00April 8th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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