From Barry ZeVan: Life Transitions
Barry ZeVan (aka "The Weatherman") shared some of his thoughts on how Ebenezer communities like Martin Luther can help with life transitions:
In my opinion (and the opinion of many), asking for help is one of life's most uncomfortable challenges. To some, including myself at more than one time in my life, asking for help paralleled the words failure, weakness or the inability to privately cope with difficult times, be they personal, professional, financial or any combination thereof, including transitional.
When a person lives a significant number of years (I'm 81), inner strength to overcome challenging times of transition from one life chapter to another has one riding an emotional roller coaster. Some of the ups and downs are almost too overwhelming with which to cope, but coping and overcoming any trepidation is within the power of each of us. I know that to be true and, possibly, maybe even probably, so do you. If not, there are people within the Ebenezer "family" with special skills who are available to help bring you to that wonderful emotional and mental epiphany and addressed more directly at the conclusion of this blog. I'll also illustrate some real life examples farther down this tome. First, however, in regard to financial stress, Minneapolis's own Mike Todd (nee Avrom Goldbogen, and Elizabeth Taylor's favorite husband) once stated, "I've never been poor, only broke. Being poor is a frame of mind. Being broke is only a temporary situation." Mr. Todd's whimsy can be uplifting, for almost no situation is beyond being happily resolved. Humbly stated, I'm a living example of that truth.
Another living example of helping make the transition from one stage of life to another is the example of working all one's life in one profession, then transitioning to "retirement". One of my very close relatives retired last February after 52 years working in the same profession. Retirement for her was tantamount to a bullet-train coming to an abrupt stop and not continuing down any tracks. She was unaware that the routines with which she had lived for over a half-century had also come to an abrupt stop. After one month of "retirement," she decided to work at least part-time in a totally different arena, but one with which she had considerable expertise as a customer. Now, following a few months of "getting used to it," she's very happy in her transitional life.
In regard to my own transitions, they've been many. Very few have been easy, but most have led to positive outcomes I hadn't expected nor predicted. One of my favorite sayings in regard to our lives emanated from author George Eliot, (Mary Ann Evans) to wit: "It's never too late to be who you might have been." That saying has been an inspiration to me more than once, almost a mantra. Perhaps it resonates with you, too.
One special path to coping with the world of transitions is being provided by Ebenezer's outreach specialists at all Ebenezer facilities, with numerous optional resources to help those in need navigate to the smoothest possible transitions to life's next stages, compassionately and intelligently. A form guiding you or anyone you know who may wish to explore Ebenezer's assistance in regard to life transitions follows this closing paragraph. Thank you for reading!
The outreach specialists at Martin Luther Campus, an Ebenezer Senior Community, provide many resources to help with life transitions. Martin Luther Campus offers services like: Stay by the Day, Adult Day Programs, Transitional Therapy Care, and more. Are you interested in transitioning to assisted living or do you have a loved one that needs assisted living? Call us at 952.888.7751
Martin Luther Campus is part of the Ebenezer family of Lutheran Senior Care Communities. We provide transitional care and assisted living apartments for seniors in Bloomington. We also have adult day clubs and memory care programs for seniors living at home. We’re located at 1401 East 100th St. Bloomington, MN. Are you interested in transitioning to assisted living or do you have a loved one that needs assisted living? Call Amy at 952-948-5167 for more information and to schedule a tour today!
Watching a loved one grapple with dementia is difficult, and it can be even harder to know what to do. There are simple ways to help improve the daily lives of those who deal with dementia. We rounded up some helpful strategies you can put into practice today.
Choose Activities That They Enjoy
Dementia patients often become frustrated because they are unable to accomplish many of the chores and extracurricular activities that they enjoyed for many years. To help with easing this frustration, find activities that your loved one can still do. For instance, singing to music, doing arts and crafts, taking part in simple guided projects, and doing basic puzzles can give your loved one joy and a sense of accomplishment.
Try to Keep a Consistent Routine
People who deal with dementia can become stressed if their schedule changes too often or if they have to regularly travel to various out-of-town locations. To prevent agitation from too many changes, try to keep the dementia patient’s bedtime, medicine, meal, and activity schedule consistent.
Don’t Forget to Laugh
With so many of the daily struggles that come from dementia and aging, life can become difficult and depressing for people who deal with dementia. A great tip for improving your loved one’s daily life is to remember to laugh. Tell them jokes, read a joke book to them, show them a clip of a funny comedian, or recall funny stories from their past.
Build Social Connections
Dementia patients don’t like to feel isolated and detached from the social world. Staying connected with people of all ages is important for dementia patients. Giving them opportunities to meet new friends, spend time with young children, and visit with family will be a wonderful mood booster. Our memory care programs at Martin Luther Campus use social connections as a key component of dementia care.
People with dementia can become confused and agitated when there are multiple activities going on all at once. When you are visiting with your loved one, turn off the TV, music, or other distractions so that it will be easier for them to focus on the conversation at hand. It may be difficult for your loved one to distinguish between what is going on in the room and what is happening on TV, so remember to keep distractions to a minimum.
At The Martin Luther Memory Care Center, we offer 24-hour staffing, care plans based on detailed assessments of each individual, assistance with daily living activities, engaging activities like music making, exercise and balance programs, and more! Are you interested in transitioning to assisted living or do you have a loved one that needs assisted living? Call us at 952-888-7751.
Martin Luther Campus is part of the Ebenezer family of Lutheran Senior Care Communities. We provide transitional care and assisted living apartments for seniors in Bloomington. We also have adult day clubs and memory care programs for seniors living at home. We’re located at 1401 East 100th St. Bloomington, MN. Are you interested in transitioning to assisted living or do you have a loved one that needs assisted living? Call Amy at 952-948-5167 for more information and to schedule a tour today.
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