Long-established habits, routines, likes and dislikes are common in senior adults.
Adherence to those can often make the difference between good and bad days, especially for those with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.
Knowing those would be key to getting the personalized, compassionate care family members want for senior loved ones who live in senior living facilities or receive professional care at home.
But what if the senior is not able to communicate wishes and needs because they have Alzheimer’s or other dementia, Parkinson’s, stroke or another condition?
Wouldn’t it be great if there were a resource to help caregivers to know and understand the older adults for whose care they are entrusted?
Louise Arkley & To Know Me Books
Louise Arkley faced just that situation when her mother was diagnosed with dementia and whose needs were being met in a care home.
When Louise wanted to help caregivers understand more about her mother, she developed a tool to do just that and To Know Me books were born.
To know Louise’s philosophy is to understand a lot about To Know Me books. She believes “if we know more about the person behind the condition, we can care more effectively and sensitively to their needs.”
Rather than go on about her story and books, we thought you would like to learn more directly from her. The feature segment of this episode of the Senior Care Corner® Show is an interview Kathy conducted with Louise.
We are pleased to be able to bring this interview to you and hope you find it enlightening.
News Items in this Episode
In our continuing effort to keep you informed about news regarding the lives and care of senior loved ones, in this show we share two items we have found noteworthy.
- FDA Approves First Pill Made by 3D Printing
- High Television Viewing and Low Physical Activity Can Significantly Worsen Long Term Cognitive Function
You hear more on these updates in our recorded show.
This episode’s Quick Tip was prompted by our feature segment and questions we have received from seniors wanting to know how to get all those pictures they’ve taken off their smartphones.
Links Mentioned in this Episode
- To Know Me Books website – ToKnowMe.org
- Dropbox cloud storage for photos and much more – Dropbox.com
We hope you will find this episode of the Senior Care Corner® Show informative and valuable. Please let us know if you have suggestions for interviews or topics you would like to hear in future shows.