May 30, 1995 |
When 86-year-old Eleanor Siegman's health began to fail and she needed personal care at home to stay out of a nursing facility, her daughter thought she had found the perfect person for the job. The live-in care-giver she chose was a certified nursing assistant who seemed trustworthy and compassionate and was recommended by her mother's rabbi. "I don't think you want a better recommendation than that," said Siegman's daughter, a mental health professional who asked not to be identified.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2004 |
During his lifetime, Fletcher Jackson has had many friends, but none like Susan Townsend. His days at a Pasadena convalescent hospital begin and end with a phone call to Townsend, who visits him once or twice a week, occasionally bringing her husband and two children. The rattan bookcase in his room is from Townsend's home. The bulletin board she got him is covered with postcards from her recent trips. Sometimes, she surprises him with strawberry ice cream, his favorite.
March 11, 1999 |
Susan Gollas inherited her family's farm in Sacramento County when her father died, recompense for the 13 years she cared for him while his health deteriorated. Seven months later, Gollas opened her mail to find a bill for $120,000 from the state to repay Medi-Cal for subsidizing her father's final two years in a nursing home. Dorothy Muscari's mother, deaf and mute, begged her to move west from Illinois after Muscari's father died in 1963. The two women bought a house together in Salinas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2001 |
After 6,800 miles, the cab fare from New York City to Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood was about $10,760. It's a good thing the sole passenger will not have to pay. By the time this road trip ends in Washington, D.C., in a couple of weeks, the fare will be about $25,000. Social activist Theresa Funiciello is on a mission to heighten awareness of tax benefits for caregivers. From Detroit, to Cheyenne, Wyo.
April 3, 2006 |
Yolanda Spencer is eternally grateful for the weekly visits from fellow members of the Bethel AME Church. Without them, she's not sure how she would have survived the eight years since her husband, Vincent, now 62, fell off a ladder and became a quadriplegic. An accident such as Vincent's "is such a devastating thing to happen to a family," Yolanda said. The Spencers' relatives live far away, but, she said, members from the Jamaica Plain, Mass., church have been "really, really supportive."
August 2, 1999 |
Alzheimer's disease, the most common cause of dementia, affects an estimated 4 million Americans. It will strike one in 10 of those 65 and older, and half of those 85 and older. The neurological disease usually begins with forgetfulness and the inability to remember familiar skills, such as balancing a checkbook. It progresses to serious memory loss, disorientation, confusion and irritability as well as changes in behavior, such as a tendency to wander.