Senior Safety and Dignity

GOLDEN INDEPENDENCE: If you care for an aging individual a resource of practical information, consider utilizing an using a guide with a wealth helpful specific interventions.

Written by Certified Gerontological Nurse with over thirty-five years of first hand experience, Golden Independence details subjects families struggle to handle.

Twenty chapters discuss topics including driving, memory loss, incontinence, preventing falls, etc. Another twenty chapters help families to understand behavioral issues such as insomnia, agitation, wandering, and other common challenges. The final twenty chapters offer room by room advice to assure safety for an aging person who wants to remain in their own home.

GOLDEN INDEPENDENCE can be purchased on Amazon and also Barns & Noble.

Independence is truly golden!

Climbing the Dunes

One step forward in loose sand automatically challenges your forward progress. As your foot slides back whether you want it to or not simply walking forward is not easy. When climbing sand dunes, sliding back down is a constant struggle you try to prevent.

Walking with Parkinson’s is quit similar. You tell your foot to step forward. It doesn’t. You concentrate on moving forward. It doesn’t. Frustration starts to mount when you try to see how far you have come. But you haven’t.

As Nellita and her dear friend chose to climb the sand dunes, feet could not simply step forward. After many steps only slight progress had been made. But working hard to try to walk felt exhausting.

How do you tell others what it’s like to have Parkinson’s? Along with all the work it takes to move forward, the fear of falling backwards is as real as tipping over from the slant of the dunes. So much effort, yet little success.

Nellita strives for her neighbors to comprehend her daily walk, or lack of it. Perhaps they should walk in lose sand and climb the dunes with her. Or, what she needs to realize, that’s what they have been doing with her for years.

Higgins Valley Moments. . . where the journey, including climbing sand dunes, continues.

Please walk with me. . .

Chapter I: The Decision, is Life a Picnic or not

Olyvia had already convinced Nellita that life can be a picnic. Or they should at least try see to if it’s true. However, right away, in chapter one, we find Nellita petrified to even fill the picnic basket.

When Parkinson’s disease stymies her efforts to accomplish simple tasks, even the ketchup bottle casts a daunting shadow on her hopes to picnic. But friends have way to offer not only assistance, but also motivation.

Lifelong friends bring ways to solve solutions for today. Beyond that, they bring back memories which prove their commitment has always been there. When she takes time recall those pictures from her past, Nellita gains incentive.

Life in Higgins Valley demonstrates the power of neighbors who genuinely care. When struggles present challenges, people have always shown they are stronger than any picnic or consequence might bring.

So, on this occasion, what does Nellita ultimately decide? Stay tuned.

Higgins Valley Moments, Book I, continues. . . .

Higgins Valley, where life can be a picnic.

BOOK I: I Will Stand Up Again

A small northern American town settled a hundred and fifty years ago with a population almost the same as it is today. Change never happens. Well, not until Book II.

What is a community of individuals striving to remain or regain independence? Higgins Valley.

Many people want to prove they can take care of themselves. Actually, they only need to demonstrate their personal skills to one individual. Themselves.

A professional seamstress designed wedding gowns for over twenty-five years. Now, Parkinson’s disease has stolen many fine motor skills. The doubt in her head adds to her struggles. She sews, but frequently has to rest. She pins fabric, but her hands shake. Her demonstration of designs she offers to brides does not exude the confidence that once flowed like silk.

The doctor known for compassionate listening, now has to hear to those around him as they offer advice he does not want. Their wishes are his safety. All he wants is the dignity that Multiple Sclerosis stole from him.

Many families have children that brought joy and stress. Some couples await children no matter how much stress comes from family life. One man grieves his family who left him.

Where is Higgins Valley? Wherever you think it is. If you need a community of friends that can reassure you that when falls happen and you can not help yourself, many are longing to assist. Rest assured that no matter what happens, you will stand up again.

Alzheimer’s: One family’s journey

“Don’t Forget Your Hat” demonstrates one mom and two daughters as they face the many challenges of memory loss.

Denial, at first, is a typical response when Mom forgets things she had always remembered. But when finances become a crisis, the daughters must adjust their lives.

It is challenging when someone can no longer care for themselves. Complications elevate when they demonstrates no insight to their own limitations. Families must invent solutions to problems they had not foreseen. Cooking can be dangerous. However, the lost desert was almost too much to handle.

Finding others who had traveled the same path the daughters were treading was a bountiful blessing. One of the most amazing twists in their saga came from their mom.

That was when the hats started. Then mounded. And in the end, it was the hat that comforted the daughter more than words ever could.

DON’T FORGET YOUR HAT is a novel written by a nurse,Paula E. Gibeson, certified in gerontological nursing. Previously, Paula coordinated a research clinic for Alzheimer’s Disease. Additionally, her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. She watched her own family walk the same journey she had witnessed so many others travel.

DON’T FORGET YOUR HAT is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Consider using this tool for support groups as well as families who currently have a loved one with memory loss.

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Higgins Valley Moments

Three girls, now almost six decades after they started their journey together, share moments in their home town, Higgins Valley. Each with family issues. Life has happened and continues to provide challenges.

Nellita, Olyvia and Gretchen, although their paths have been very different, are still as connected as lifelong friends can be. Actually, not in spite of their obstacles, but because of life choices, the three are more supportive of each other with every passing day.

Sometimes what sounds like encouragement, feels like intimidation. So it appears in Book I: I Will Stand Up Again. We begin by learning whether or not . . . Life is Like a Picnic?

Journey with me as we learn more details, circumstances, and a variety of unique characters they share “Higgins Valley Moments.”