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Senior Times - January 2018
Caregiver's
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Anne Clark, Special to Senior Times
Estate Planning & Elder Law
ONE WAY TO MAKE IT BETTER
Boy did 2017 fly and at many times (for me anyway) it felt like I was flying against a tornado; so many obstacles and so much heartache. But I do know one thing – it’s a New Year and time for a new way to make a change!
For the last couple years Calhoun County has had the privilege of working with Dr. Graham Atkin. Our relation- ship started out regarding research and funding through the community program Miles for Memories;
however, as Dr.
Atkin moved from
that position so did
our relationship. He
now is the Assistant
Professor, College
of Osteopathic
Medicine at the
MSU East Lansing
campus, College
of Osteopathic Medicine. He took his research knowledge to help medical stu- dents learn more from his experience but that wasn’t enough for him. He continues to serve as an advisor for the Miles for Memories program.
The next step – he started asking “What if we took actual clients; those who had been diagnosed with a neuro- logical condition (Parkinson’s, Dementia, etc.) and/or their caregivers to actually teach the doctorate students what it was like to receive the diagnosis? He really wanted the good, the bad and the ugly. So with our established relationship Senior Health Partners started the search for Elder Educators who would share their stories and how living with the condition was impacting not
just them but their
families as well.
The first year
we had six medi-
cal student come to
Battle Creek from
East Lansing to help
better their educa-
tion and teach them
the dos and don’ts
of doctoring. It was
a great success. They heard stories they didn’t want to believe.
• One couple shared how they learned of the Parkinson’s diagnosis when picking up their prescription from the pharmacist. (The treating physician never even told them – just handed them a prescription).
• One person in the very beginning stag- es of a dementia condition was flatly told they had 10 years.
The future doctors of our community were just appalled at what they were hearing and knew that isn’t what they wanted to do.
The second year rolled around and
when Dr. Atkin asked for sign-ups for this Elder Educator day the response
was incredible – over fifty (50) stu-
dents wanted to participate, some even expressed interest from farther east of our state. Why you might ask – because they wanted to learn from some of the best teachers possible – those who are living with conditions that are very complex and come with some very difficult
challenges.
Our community has helped by provid-
ing the Elder Educators on three different occasions and we
are in the process of scheduling two more in February 2018.
So now we ask you: have you or someone you care for, provide support, love, work with, etc., been diag- nosed with a neuro- logical condition?
Would you be willing to share your expe- rience, good, bad or ugly? Would you like to share what the experience has been like for all involved? Most importantly, would you like to help the future doctors of our community learn more effective and com- passionate ways of communicating with their patients to make a diagnosis for oth- ers a better experience?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be just the person we’re seeking to participate. We are look- ing for 10-20 Elder Educators willing
to share their experience for a four hour (lunch provided) Saturday program. You can help make the future brighter for those who experience a diagnosis – such as dementia or Parkinson’s. We are also
looking for those in any stage of the dis- ease because doctors need to learn about all phases of the journey, how to com- municate, listen and answer questions, and address concerns about what is hap- pening in their lives. If you’re willing
to participate or have questions, please feel free to contact Anne at Senior Health Partners by either calling (269) 441-0920 or by email at aclark@seniorhealthpart- ners.com. We have tentative dates set. The number of Elder educators needed will
be based on number of medical students attending.
Also be sure to watch Be Scene on Air on January 15, 2018 for a program featur- ing Dr. Atkin who will be providing more discussion on this very topic!
Happy Happy New Year to each and every one of you. We look forward to walking your Caregiving journey with you in this upcoming year.
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