Posted by : April 20, 2013| On :
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–Mabank Home Instead Senior Care director Sharon Strickland asked Rotarians to write down four words or phrases describing themselves, each on a separate card. After randomly choosing one card from each member, Strickland began reading the information on the cards.
“Alzheimer’s patients do not get to pick and choose the facts they want to forget,” Strickland demonstrated.
“Those suffering from Alzheimer’s don’t want to forget their favorite color, parents names or favorite hobby,” she stressed.
Strickland is no stranger to Alzheimers as she witnessed its effects on her grandmother prior to her death and now on her elderly mother.
“There is no test to determine Alzheimer’s without performing an autopsy,” she said. “But no one dies from Alzheimer’s, they die from a stroke or heart failure or other illness.”
More then 5 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimers, and it affects one in eight persons 65 years and older.
Home Instead Senior Care provides in-home care to the elderly and 25 of the 40 caregivers at the Mabank office are certified to deal with Alzheimer’s patients.
Home Instead Senior Care provides light housekeeping duties, meal preparation, pet care assistance, help with dressing, bathing and grooming, and much more.
All caregivers are thoroughly screened, insured and bonded and trained extensively.
Strickland says managing an Alzheimer’s patients behavior can be trying and exhausting.
“You will never win an argument with an Alzheimer’s patient, so accept the blame for everything,” Strickland says.
Others methods of dealing with dementia is to redirect the patient’s attention to something else, wait a few minutes and then attempt to return to the particular task, like feeding or bathing.
Home Instead Senior Care is located in Mabank, Athens and Canton.
For more information regarding managing an Alzheimer’s patient or Home Instead services, call toll free (866) 880-5025 or go to www.homeinstead.com.
Posted by : April 18, 2013| On :
See more photos from this event in the Thursday, April 18, 2013 issue of The Monitor.
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–It was perfect weather for an outdoors event, such as the 13th annual Special Olympics.
About 200 athletes, from 10 to 63 years of age, paraded proudly down the track in Panther Stadium Saturday for the start of the iconic track and field event, lasting from 9:30 a.m. until about 3 p.m.
They represented eight organizations, who support the pursuit of excellence, and reward sincere effort with smiles, cheers, and pats on the back.
Participants benefit from the social interaction with both their peers and the general public and from the physical exertion.
Area residents Teddie and Merritt Harpole have been involved with Special Olympics in Mabank since the mid-90s.
Having a granddaughter with Down Syndrome, the couple have helped infuse energy into the program, in which retired special-Ed teacher Judy Hunter continues to play a pivotal role.
When Mabank held its first event in the spring of 2001, it was a dream come true for Mary Lou and Robert Gossom, who had wanted to reciprocate the hospitality offered by other locations by hosting an event in Mabank.
The unique Mabank support organization remains vital mainly from the success of good communication, fostered by monthly parent meetings and the ongoing generous support of community organizations.
Due to its success, local athletes are able to compete locally and statewide at meets and social events, which reinforces their personal value.
See page 6A for more photos from the heartwarming event.
Posted by : April 10, 2013| On :
More photos can be found in the Thursday, April 11, 2013 issue of The Monitor.