Senior Safety and Dignity

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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.

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Independence is truly golden!

Olyvia’s Story: A Nurse for all Seasons

Olyvia met Zach when she was in elementary school. Sweethearts all through their teen years. At the thought of marrying at nineteen, her parent’s discouragement gave her more determination to have her perfect wedding day.

When their first daughter arrived a year later, Olyvia thought she was living the plan she had seen for her life from the time she meandered the woods with her childhood friends.

Then only a year and half later, nothing seemed real. When she got the call from the hospital, her ears would not let her hear their words. Or perhaps she could hear words, but disbelief was too powerful to comprehend that she had just become a widow.

Even with a four month infant and a toddler, Olyvia’s twenty-second birthday was filled an emptiness. She strove to prove to others that she could take care of herself. Truthfully, it was an endeavor to convince herself she could survive.

Nellita came to her side often. Whatever her needs were, her life long friend was there. When Olyvia decided to go into nursing school, it was Nellita who made sure the little girls’ needs were met.

Now, all these years later, working for a doctor who himself had health issues, Olyvia was the one, again, doing whatever the moment asked of her to do. Caring for Dr. Goodson’s patients as well as his patient’s doctor, that was her job. Better stated, that was her privilege.

Yet, there was a one emptiness that Olyvia never chose to share. Not even her closest friends new the pain she felt daily.

Where will the next journey evolve?

Parkinson’s: Daily Challenges

Nellita was first diagnosed at about fifty years old. Eight years later, she could glace back and see symptoms that she thought were explainable.

“Are you nervous, too?” the mother of a bride had inquired. Nellita had designed and assembled bridal gowns for over thirty years. Why would anyone think she was nervous?

“My mom can help you with those pins!” Brides exhibit anxiety in many ways. She could tell stories that would fill a library. But really, does a professional seamstress need help with pins?

Then came the day when she herself noticed that her hand would not stop shaking. “What is going on?”

When her doctor mentioned the typical tremor of her right hand that Parkinson’s causes, her world stood still. Would she be able to keep her business? What about the customers she had already promised? What would happen to her if she could no longer sew?

Being single all her life, she had spent many sleepless nights wishing and dreaming for a husband of her own. Now more than ever she wanted a partner to depend on if she could no longer support herself financially.

Typically, Nellita found it challenging to admit her true feelings. Discouragement encompassed the heartfelt desire to have a partner now. She longed for loving support to face the emotional wall that the world of Parkinson’s had just painted in front of her.

Blossoms can only open one day at a time.