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Through our specialized memory care program, BrightStar Connections, we are able to truly provide A Higher Standard of care and support to our clients living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. In addition to taking great care of our clients living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, it’s important to us to extend a hand to their families as well to let them know they don’t have to take this journey alone. One of the many ways we support families is by providing information, answering their questions and even in offering helpful tips.

Since November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, we have even more reason to share some thoughtful tips for communicating with someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia:

  1. Never argue, instead agree
  2. Never reason, instead divert
  3. Never shame, instead distract
  4. Never lecture, instead reassure
  5. Never say “remember,” instead reminisce
  6. Never say “I told you,” instead repeat/regroup
  7. Never say “You can’t,” instead do what they can
  8. Never command/demand, instead ask/model
  9. Never condescend, instead encourage
  10. Never force, instead reinforce

To learn more about the care and support we can provide to people with Alzheimer’s and dementia in the home, contact our local office today.

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The holidays are a time of year when many families visit their aging loved ones, often seeing them face-to-face for the first time months, perhaps an entire year. That’s why experts advise families to carefully watch for signs of possible depression or medical issues in older adults during holiday visits, be prepared with an arsenal of spirit-lifting activities and develop a plan of action before heading home. For many families that are geographically separated from their aging loved ones, the holidays may provide a rare opportunity to look for potential warning signs of depression, or other medical issues. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 15 of every 100 adults over the age of 65 are affected by depression. The holidays and winter are also an important time for senior flu prevention, as this time marks the start of flu season. It’s also important that other family members do their part to ward off infection so as not to pass any illness along to elderly family members, who are more susceptible. “Healthy for the Holidays” Program BrightStar Care® helps seniors stay healthy for the holidays and beyond. Whether it’s to shoo the flu or beat the holiday blues, our specially trained caregivers led by our Registered Nurse Director of Nursing, can help seniors stay as healthy as possible with our focus on evidence-based best practices in the areas of infection prevention and health and well-being. Whatever your needs are, our team of professional caregivers are available to provide additional support, from transportation to holiday gatherings and help with decorating and meal prep to help with flu prevention and management and more. Learn more about how we can help you be “Healthy for the Holidays”: BrightStar Care’s “Healthy for the Holidays” program aims to promote whole-person wellness by focusing on physical as well as emotional health and, specifically, flu prevention and providing additional support to seniors who may have the “holiday blues.”... Read Original Article
How to Schedule Your Tweets
While the whole point of Twitter is supposed to be real-time communication, sometimes we have to put the smartphone down and get other work done. Scheduling tweets can help you stay top-of-mind with ... Read Original Article
Marketers: Facebook Search Overhauled
This week, Facebook announced Search FYI. Facebook search was updated with new features and better suggestions. After checking them out, I’ve got to say that it is a big improvement over the ... Read Original Article
BrightStar Care’s resident RN and Chief Clinical Quality Officer Sharon Roth Maguire was recently featured in the Winter 2015-2016 issue of Christian Living in the Mature Years magazine, sharing some great tips to consider when you’re thinking about what kinds of gifts to get for the seniors in your life. In addition to providing some nice, outside-of-the-box gift ideas, she also shared some gifts that might not be such a good idea and could cause frustration or even harm. Today, we’re sharing some gift-giving “hits” that are likely to add value: Gadgets designed to help arthritic seniors with difficult-to-open packages or with reaching too-high items. Nothing can be more frustrating than the inability to open a simple package or get an item out of reach, so, with proper instruction, these gadgets can really come in handy. Coffee table books with large, colorful photos. Pick books that feature images of your loved one’s favorite hobbies or past times. A pre-loaded digital photo frame that flashes images of grandchildren, family and even old photos. For older adults who have photo books and frames everywhere, this is a great way to take the best or favorite photos and put them on display. Scrabble or Monopoly or crossword puzzle books. Word games are simple, can be done alone and help build cognitive skills and memory) Light weights, elastic bands and stress balls for physical fitness. Simple equipment like this might be appreciated and could help build strength and improve quality of life. Music CDs. Nothing is better for the spirit than hearing your favorite songs or tunes of the past! Fleece blankets. Aging adults often easily become cold because of their body’s reduced ability to regulate temperature as they get older, so fleece can keep them comfortable and warm. Life journal. Keeping a journal is a wonderful exercise for people of all ages and can be a great way for aging loved ones to recall special memories. What kinds of gifts have you given to an... Read Original Article

The changing of the seasons can be a great time to check the safety of your living space and surroundings. For those with elderly loved ones, it can be especially important to offer a helping hand to assess the safety of their home. Here are some key areas to review for safety this fall:

For an in-home safety assessment or if you have any questions about the safety of a loved one in their home, contact our local office. We can help.

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Tough Talk Coach in the News

Coordinating Business Travel with School Commitments

Synergy Conejo member Esther Bleuel, the Tough Talk Coach, writes in the Trending Talk section of the Southern California Life magazine this month.

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What You Don’t Know about Your Business Email
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Top Mistakes of People Who Have Just Started Social Selling
There are countless businesses on social media at this point –both new and old to the game by now. When businesses decide to take the step to use their social media platforms as a selling tool, ... Read Original Article
2015 Midwest Region Caregiver of the Year finalist Brittany Buchanan with the BrightStar Care of Lafayette team For the clients we serve and their families, the circumstances that brought them to BrightStar Care® in the first place were usually trying. An accident, a new diagnosis, a progressing illness. This is one of many reasons it is so important to us that our people, our care professionals, truly embody A Higher Standard. Stringent screening practices and rigorous competency verification are essential for promoting a top notch care team. And while we have training and orientation for our team members, there’s one aspect of our hiring that can’t really be taught but is so important to our brand standards: compassion. 2015 Southeast Region Caregiver of the Year finalist DeMonica Frazier with the BrightStar Care of Charleston team Compassion is a common theme to the nominations that pour in about BrightStar Care care professionals from across the country for our Caregiver of the Year award. As selfless as they come, the best caregivers are often the ones who would never characterize themselves as “the best.” These special people naturally go above and beyond to help, believing no task is too tall. They see their clients as more than their condition and connect with them on a personal level, learning about their special quirks, listening to their stories and honoring their wishes. To them, caring for someone is more than just a job – it is a sacred commitment. At BrightStar Care®, our Caregiver of the Year award is all about honoring the compassionate care professionals who are nominated by a client and their family for making a profound impact on their lives. Each year, hundreds of nominations come pouring in from across the country. Through an extremely difficult review process, the nominations are narrowed down to four regional Caregiver of the Year finalists. The 2015 Caregiver of the Year regional finalists are: West Region: Kristine Rubis of BrightStar... Read Original Article

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Synergy Business Connections helps businesses grow through relationship marketing and we follow the exclusive category format with one member per Conejo Chamber of Commerce business sub-category. Your business sub-category appears on your Conejo Chamber profile page, right under your business name, to see if your category is eligible. We welcome you to join us at a meeting as our guest to experience the Synergy network for yourself.

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What makes the Conejo Valley special, unique or interesting?

I like to call Thousand Oaks "the biggest little town in the country." Even though its size is well over 100,000 residents, it still has a small town feel. You are liable to see someone you know every time you go out. I also like the fact that it has protected itself from the blight that has ruined so many other communities in Southern California by restricting things such as billboards, building structure and height, paid parking lots, and corner strip malls. 

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