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Fly Safely With Senior Transitions

March 17th, 2015

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Gale Wald

Boarding a flight today is complex– long security lines and two hour check-ins. It’s a challenging atmosphere for people with early stage dementia or major health problems, explained Senior Transitions owner, Gale Wald. Wald, an RN and practicing flight attendant, provides travel companionship and trip coordination services to seniors and their families. “You don’t have to do this alone,” she says with confident assurance.

Her company, Senior Transitions, is based in the Pacific Northwest.  Her services provide door to door flight companionship which may also include aspects of trip planning: ticket purchase,  food, transportation, health clearance, luggage check-in, or travel insurance. Travel companions are skilled at managing in-air emergencies or troubleshooting flight delays and cancellations.  Air Travel companions arrange quick trips through TSA security and know how to bypass pat downs.  Awaiting families or friends receive trip updates as desired. “With detailed sensitivity to personal needs such as frequent toileting, help through confusing customs and security checks, lunch at the favourite spot, always mindful of his physical stamina and comfort, Gale has facilitated the ‘quality of life choice to travel’ for my father,” writes one of Senior Transition’s satisfied clients. Read the rest of this entry »

“Oh My Word…” We Still Believe In Our Hawks.

January 30th, 2015

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The Twelfies—office staff at With A Little Help. Go Seniors! Go Hawks!

At With A Little Help (WALH) we’re 12th men for our clients and families all year round.  Thank you for trusting our home care agency to support your loved ones.  Seahawks, thanks for bringing this city together and taking us on a fabulous ride…two Super Bowls back to back and thrilling plays. You’ve energized this city and taught our somewhat reserved culture how to experience unabashed civic pride. You’ve taught us to believe in sports miracles. Steve Raible’s : “Oh My Word” call on the one yard line expressed the shock fans felt at the sudden turn of events that, this time, meant a stunning loss. Fans and the sports world are in disbelief today but we know that ends eventually lead to new beginnings and we’re hopeful for growth in the new season. Read the rest of this entry »

Liz Mulligan: From With A Little Help to Fighting Elder Fraud

December 20th, 2014

Liz Mulligan

Liz Mulligan

Liz Mulligan first witnessed elder fraud while working with a client of With A Little Help. Since tracking down over $200,000 stolen by the client’s bookkeeper she’s gone on to establish a full time fraud fighting business: Fraud Resolution for seniors, LLC. “I was so gratified to help someone straighten out finances,” she said reflecting on that first experience. Liz sat down with us to talk about the most frequent fraud problem she sees and to share thoughts on how to protect the elders in your life from financial harm.

Charitable holidays bring out our urge to help. Sensational fraud cases make headline news but the dishonest nickel and dime charities that appeal to our giving spirit are the most frequent fraud problem facing elders. Many elders or casual donors don’t track these small contributions nor do they research the charities they benefit and that’s what small time fraudulent operators count on! “One year a client donated $9,000 in $10 and $15 dollar donations,” Mulligan recalled.  Read the rest of this entry »

Exciting Strides in Music Therapy for Dementia

May 11th, 2014

Music is all around us. We hear it in movies, at social gatherings, weddings and funerals, in stores and offices, and in our places of worship.  Whenever we encounter it our bodies react physiologically and our minds form associations. Because we’re all in contact with music and all experiencing its powerful effects, therapists have long suspected it could be used therapeutically. Music therapists began integrating music as a healing modality in the 1970’s but demonstrating its value took time. Today mounting research and case studies, and the advent of MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and FMRI (Functional Magnetic Imaging), substantiate music as an effective therapy for stress and a variety of mental and physical health conditions including Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Read the rest of this entry »

Pets Can Keep Us Healthy!

November 19th, 2013

We speak pets! With A Little Help staff and caregivers know how important pets are in an owner’s life. We’re pet owners ourselves and can testify about the value of our pet’s companionship and loyal affection. Pets make us feel special. They meet us at the door, often notice when we’re sad or sick, and encourage us to play and exercise. It’s no wonder that many scientific studies conclude that they’re good for our health and good for the health of aging Americans.

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