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Ah, it’s finally spring! According to Lord Tennyson, “In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” For some women, their thoughts heavily turn to spring cleaning and flowing Honey-do lists.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a way to clean the house just one time and have it remain clean forever? Don’t get excited; I don’t have such a solution. I do, however, have a solution to a problem that is far more important, and that will last forever.
March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month
Would you exchange a day or two of discomfort for the chance to extend your life? If yes, schedule your colorectal screening today. Colonoscopy, and other tests that screen for colorectal cancer – the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths – have been widely credited for saving lives of people over 50. And yet, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 33 percent of adults aged 50 to 75 have either never been screened, or are not up to date in screening. Of those, 85 percent are insured.
Lehigh Valley had a very wet spring and summer this past year and this can cause a lot of mold problems. I speak from experience because my basement developed a serious mold problem. We had a musty smell in the basement area and realized we had to do something.
I contacted NextStep Environmental in Macungie who offered a free estimate. The owner, Matt Winslow, arrived with two associates and walked me through their extensive inspection. He pointed out the areas of active mold and showed where I was providing food for the mold spores.
As the frozen ground relinquishes its grip on budding tulips, we take note of the regeneration around us. Spring represents a rebirth and renewed vitality and stimulates a re-assessment of our lives. For some this is manifested in a physical sense with purging of clutter and spring-cleaning, for others it is the planning of activities and goals during the summer months. I would challenge readers to ask themselves a more fundamental question about their home – is this where I need to be? Below are five considerations to help you:
How do most families manage a senior who has dementia?
These scenarios vary based on the family structure and the progression of the disease. An
individual who has early-stage dementia and lives with a relatively healthy spouse or other family member willing to be a caregiver, can remain at home for as long as it is possible for the individual to be safe. Those with dementia need round-the-clock care, and caregiving is a very difficult task. Many caregivers supplement caregiving duties and receive respite care by rotating duties with other family members or contracting with home care services. Often at some point, the caregiving responsibilities become too overwhelming for the caregiver, and the individual with dementia will move into a memory care community.