Elder E-Letter July 2014 Dementia Village Inspires New Care A radical idea is being tested in the Netherlands: self-contained "villages" where peopl


Elder E-Letter July 2014


Dementia Village Inspires New Care

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A radical idea is being tested in the Netherlands: self-contained "villages" where people with dementia shop, cook, and live together—safely. De Hogewey (a.k.a. Dementia Village) is a dementia-focused living center, where the relationship between patients and their care is serving as a model for the rest of the world.

From the outside, Hogewey seems like a fortress of solid buildings and apartments, closed to the outside world with gates and security fences. But, inside, it is its own self-contained world with restaurants, cafes, a supermarket, gardens, a pedestrian boulevard, and more.

The idea, explains Hogewey’s creators, is to design a world that maintains as much a resemblance to normal life as possible—without endangering the patients.

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Book Recommendation—Paws & Effect: The Healing Power of Dogs

In Paws and Effect, Sharon Sakson seamlessly weaves scientific research with incredibly moving stories of beloved pets who have supported their owners through periods of ill health and other crises. Some of the stories are simply miraculous:

*Little Ben—a Chihuahua who can sense impending epileptic seizures;

*Abdul (a Golden Retriever/Lab mix), the world’s first service dog to help his owner by retrieving keys, phones, and medicines from counter tops; water from the refrigerator; and even credit cards from his wallet at the grocery store; and

*A Dalmatian named Trudii, whose obsessive behavior prompts her owner to seek a medical examination that revealed melanoma.

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Fourth of July fireworks behind the Washington Monument  1986

July 4 The Law Offices of Carol Bertsch observed Independence Day

July 16 Carol presented on Powers of Attorney with the Alzheimer’s Association

July 20 Carol talked Powers of Attorney to The Village North II Neighborhood Association

Coming Up

Aug 7-8 Carol and her paralegals, Jennifer & Jody, attend UT Law’s Estate Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law Conference in Galveston, TX.

Aug 16 Carol speaks on Advance Directives for a workshop, The Joys and Jolts of Caregiving: Generations Making Decisions Together—@ The Oblate School of Theology

Aug 26 Carol is on a panel of experts for the Alzheimer’s Association

Senior of the Month: Superwoman— Shirley Moore, 71

Consider a 71-year-old who’s partially blind, and factor in that she uses her cane to get around by herself every day. Still, she lifts weights, fondly recalls her days of running marathons and riding tandem bikes, and is fiercely independent.

By anyone’s standards, Shirley Moore is a super senior. At Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, Maryland, a continuing care retirement community where she’s lived for the past three years, she’s Superwoman. Literally—it’s a title she won at the gym.

In an interview with U.S. News during May’s Older Americans Month, Moore shared what’s kept her healthy for so long, as well as her best advice to other seniors. Her responses have been edited.

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