By Vanessa Wells
Discussing the inevitable is never an easy thing. The advance directive tool called the Five Wishes® makes the conversation a little easier.
The Five Wishes are:
- Who will make healthcare decisions for you when you can’t.
- The kind of medical treatment you want or do not want.
- What you want done for your physical comfort.
- What you want done for your emotional and spiritual comfort.
- What you want your loved ones to know.
You can obtain a copy of the Five Wishes tool through your local hospice organization. The booklet is available in English and Spanish.
3 Great Resources for Alzheimer and Dementia Patients and Their Families
By Virginia Pillsbury
Connect at the Cummer
Frequently, those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia may experience a loss in social networks and even feel isolated. Mayo Clinic is offering a new, free program for primary caregivers and those with mild to moderate dementia. Called “Connect at the Cummer,” the program is aimed at enhancing connectedness and offering opportunities to socialize.
The Connect project is a collaboration between the The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and Mayo Clinic’s Alzheimer and Memory Disorder Center and through Mayo Clinic’s Center for Humanities in Medicine.
Held monthly on the second Wednesday at 2 p.m., the 90-minute program provides a small group setting that focuses on various art selections and guided conversation. Space is limited. Please call 953-6523 for more information or to reserve a spot.
Toula’s Tips for Caregivers
Saturdays at 11 a.m. 600 AM Radio. 904-854-1320
Tune in and listen to words of encouragement and tips to help you care for yourself as well as your loved one. Call in to receive caregiving advice and discuss the caregiver issues on your mind. http://www.ToulasTipsForCaregivers.com
Agewell Center for Senior Health
AgeWell Center for Senior Health is a comprehensive geriatric assessment and treatment Center. It is a multidisciplinary outpatient program with the following services provided onsite: medical care by a fellowship trained geriatrician, geropsychiatrist, clinical pharmacist, care coordinator (social worker), senior rehab therapists (PT/OT), clinical nutritionists, and nursing. The Center is located on the Baptist Campus, on Prudential Drive in the Aetna Building.
At this time, the center takes traditional Medicare and dual eligible patients. Patients can also self refer. Two models of care are available – one where a center physician serves as the primary care physician and another where center physicians co-manage the care with the primary care physician if the physician and the patient desire to do that.
Referrals can be made by calling 904-202-4AGE. http://www.baptistjax.com/services/geriatric-care/agewell-center-for-senior-health
Top 10 Kitchen Essentials
By Vanessa Wells
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