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Elle
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      01-01-2011, 04:56 PM
For those managing the affairs of an elderly relative or friend who is
not swimming in money, I found this article helpful:

Giving Alzheimer's Patients Their Way, Even Chocolate
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/01/he...er=rss&emc=rss

These lines made me smile and cheer:
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Dementia patients at Beatitudes [a Phoenix nursing home] are allowed
practically anything that brings comfort, even an alcoholic "nip at
night," said Tena Alonzo, director of research. "Whatever your vice
is, we're your folks," she said.

Once, Ms. Alonzo said: "The state tried to cite us for having
chocolate on the nursing chart. They were like, 'It's not a
medication.' Yes, it is. It's better than Xanax."
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The many readers' comments (linked from the web site above) are also
darned educational.

 
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      01-02-2011, 04:22 PM
On Jan 1, 11:56*am, Elle <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> For those managing the affairs of an elderly relative or friend who is
> not swimming in money, I found this article helpful:
>
> Giving Alzheimer's Patients Their Way, Even Chocolatehttp://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/01/health/01care.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
>
> These lines made me smile and cheer:


Very interesting. I also like the policies supporting the nursing
staff. Some educational material for family members might encourage
them to visit more successfully, more often ... and smuggle more
"contraband." Custom decorating a room might help some, too.

 
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      01-05-2011, 10:14 AM
I live in terror or being under the control of institutions. I have
spent the better part of my life being a student of a public school or
an employee of a corporation.

Institutions are run the convenience and benefit of the leaders of the
institution. Who has the biggest office in a school? Who wields the
most power? Who has the highest salary? (Hint, schools aren't about
the children, first.) The principal who is the top leader of the
school. In a corporation who has the biggest office? Who wields the
most power? Who gets $100 million bonuses? (Hint, it's not the
customer, the employees or the shareholders.) Why the leader of the
institution, the CEO.

I'm sure nursing homes, who wield total control over their patients,
can "take care" of any whiners who complain about management or
conditions. If there is a "Amnesty International" for nursing homes,
that's where I want my charity money going. I'll be looking forward
to seeing them if I do get stuck in a nursing home in "extreme old
age".

 
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