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Happy 100th Birthday Dr. Taylor!

Happy 100th Birthday, Dr. Taylor June 26, 2017 By: Lynessa Tinglum It’s not every day that you get an opportunity to be a part of a 100th birthday celebration for a special client.  So this week, when given the chance to wish this former college professor of education a “Happy Birthday”, I jumped at the chance.   With flowers and a coffee ice cream cake in hand (her favorite... Read More

Skills Fair Wrap Up

SKILLS FAIR Wrap-Up Julie Ferguson, Administrator And, it’s over.  The 2017 Skills Fair, “Lifting Each Other Up”, was a tremendous success.  Nearly 100 of our caregivers shared this day with us and enjoyed the following stations: Clinical Skills – where they reviewed skills and learned new techniques Self Care – where they took a yoga or meditation class and talked... Read More

Skills Fair Week!

My office is unusually “full” this week.  There are boxes of prizes, gifts, games and decorations.  And balloons.  Lots of balloons.  It’s Skills Fair week – the week we, as administrative/support staff, come together to devote a day to caring, coaching, teaching, and mentoring our employees.  We’ve been planning this event for a year – since last June’s Skills... Read More

Memorial Day 2017

Monday was Memorial Day. As is our family tradition, I went to the cemetery with my daughter, my two young granddaughters, and my mom. As my daughter and I went from gravesite to gravesite, bringing flowers and pausing to remember loved family members, the two-year-old ran freely, pausing occasionally to admire a trinket or bright flower. We carried the baby who reached and grabbed... Read More

Counseling Awareness Month

Counselors, psychologists, support groups, share groups?  When you see these words, what immediately comes to mind?  Is it feelings of being afraid, uneasy, or connectedness and hopefulness?  Your answer might reveal your internal attitude toward sharing your grief, sadness, or life experiences with another human.  For some of us, it comes naturally…this connecting to... Read More

My Mom

My Mom By Julie Ferguson, AHC Administrator My 95-year-old mother has always been active and very health conscious. As she becomes more frail and debilitated with age she works hard to maintain a level of activity and good physical and emotional health. Although she is dependent on a walker for mobility, and is stooped with painful arthritis, she still participates in daily exercise... Read More

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!! As we prepare to say goodbye to 2016 and welcome 2017, many of us are thinking about our New Year’s Resolutions. Every year we resolve to change or improve something such as losing weight, eating better, exercising, quitting smoking, and so on. Unfortunately over 70 percent of us break our resolutions by the end of January, which can lead to discouragement. While... Read More

Halloween For Seniors

  Halloween is quickly approaching, along with adorable children in costume, trick-or-treating for candy.  It’s a well established tradition and fun, family-friendly event. Did you know this holiday can also be a stressful time for seniors?  Some of the challenges seniors may face include: Nighttime visitors/strangers, ringing the doorbell and clad in costume Fear of falling... Read More

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Leaves are falling, the wind is brisk, and the skies are perpetually gray with rain looming.  This is autumn in the Northwest.  While all of us tend to spend more time indoors during this cold, dark and wet season, there are some who experience actual “winter depression” or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). People with SAD tend to experience symptoms from late fall until... Read More

Eliminate the “No”

“No,” is a frequent response when I ask my one-year-old granddaughter to do something.  It doesn’t really matter if it is something she doesn’t like – such as coming in the house from outside, or if it’s something she actually loves – such as having a snack.  It’s a powerful and controlling word, so no surprise it’s one of the first words a child learns, and... Read More