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Home Health Aides Promote Independent Living

by Elder Care Link Whether we want it to be or not, caregiving for a loved one is a full-time job. As most of our parents would like to remain at home when they age, there comes a time when we cannot possibly provide all of the care and assistance they require.   Rather than...
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Dealing with a Loved One’s Hoarding

Is your mom a “collector”?  Does Dad find it difficult to throw anything away?  Sometimes, our parents’ love for mementoes of happy times is simply a wish to remember, and harms neither them nor anyone else.  Sometimes, though, this behavior may be a sign of...
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Saying Thank You

After the Christmas and New Year holidays, we seem to spend a great deal of time saying “thank you” for gifts, for invitations to parties, or for other blessings we’ve received during the season.  Sometimes, it is easy to express gratitude in ways a recipient...
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Does Your Parent Need Help at Home?

###Excerpt from Agingcare.com Maybe you’ve noticed that Dad’s unopened mail is piling up. Or Mom, once meticulous about her appearance, is wearing wrinkled clothes and not doing her hair. Perhaps there are bruises on your aging parent’s arms. When you bring up...
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Discussing a Loved One’s Need for Care

### Excerpt from Aging Care Newsletter Oct. 2010   When an elderly parent is diagnosed with a serious illness, Alzheimer’s or dementia, or is no longer able to care for himself or herself, there are many issues that a family needs to talk about and many decisions to be...
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Aquaponics Project Off to a Big Splash!Hospice Employees Take on Quality of Life Center Project

by Nathan Hokama When it comes to our food supply, we’ve all read that we should “buy local.” It’s fresher and more nutritious because of the reduced transportation time from farm to our table, and there is a much smaller carbon footprint because there is no shipping involved. A...
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Employee of the Quarter Lea-Anne Davis Makes Every Caller Feel Special

by Nathan Hokama Those who work in the St. Francis Healthcare System Call Center are an important link between our team of healthcare professionals and all of those we serve. This includes physicians, patients, clients, family caregivers, and others. The Call Center is often a...
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Being a Happier Caregiver

By Anna Loengard, MD When Helen’s mother had a stroke in 1994, Helen became her caregiver. Working full-time as a teacher and living 20 minutes drive from her mother, each visit takes at least couple of hours. Fortunately, her mother’s stroke left few physical side effects,...
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Holiday Tips for Caregivers

by Anna Loengard, M.D. One thing that makes the holidays special in the islands is all the great food. Sharing special foods with family is one of the ways we show our love. If those you love have advanced dementia or another serious illness, they may not be able to enjoy this...
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Sister Agnelle Ching Wins Award

Sister Agnelle Ching, OSF, Chief Sponsorship Officer and former Chief Executive Officer of St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii, received the prestigious Sister Mary Concilia Moran Award for innovative leadership at the 2012 Catholic Health Assembly in Philadelphia,...
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