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Area seniors remember the great gifts of their youth
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Children again Area seniors remember the great gifts of their youth By Judy Sobeloff for Palouse Seniors
ith the holiday season fast approaching, area seniors in three locations (the Friendly Neighbors program at the 1912 Center in Moscow, Good Samaritan in Moscow, and Bishop Place in Pullman) were asked about a memory of a favorite toy or gift from childhood. Some, but not all, of these items were Christmas gifts. Some were not items at all, but beloved pets, such as Jane Leidenfrost’s kitten, or other animals, such as Ralph Johnson’s pony, Bill, who lived to be 35 and provided Johnson with necessary transportation so he could hold a job. For many, times were tough, and material items were few. One respondent fondly recalled her father making her a long-wanted dollhouse from a cardboard box, “even the furniture.” Clara Doctor, 92, who was one of 13 children and began doing housework for neighbors at age 10, recalls she and her sisters receiving dolls for Christmas when she was 8 or 10. “We were happy to get what we got,” she says. “We never wished for something we didn’t have.” Others recalled the gifts they didn’t get, such as Dorothy Nichols, 83, who said her favorite was a dollhouse promised by a neighbor, which she never received. Still, “in my imagination I played with it and it was my favorite, even though it was imaginary.” Norma Johnson, 91, remembered her father taking the sled
and horses 17 miles to pick up her favorite toy, “a top that spun and hummed music,” from the post office. Kathryn Dunn recalled receiving an orange from Santa when she went to church, noting that this was “a big deal” in Colorado in the winter. Some remembered items evoked family dynamics, in the case of identical twins Evelyn Grassl and Eleanor Olesen, whose favorite remembered toys were identical dolls and high chairs. Some gifts reflected racial tensions of the time — such as a black baby doll owned by a girl whose father was a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Other dolls reflected interests of the era, one of the most popularly mentioned being child movie star Shirley Temple, though a doll of one of the Dionne Quintuplets and Barbie or her predecessor, a “fashion doll,” also merited mention. Some seniors, such as Judy Reisenauer, Marilyn Mack, and Maggie St. John, noted that they still own their doll, despite it being in poor condition. While dolls and their accessories — high chairs, furniture, clothing, and houses, often homemade rather than store-bought, were the most common fondly remembered items, ice skates and toy trains and other vehicles (tricycles, bicycles, wagons, and kiddie cars) also played an important role in people’s childhoods. Significantly, women as well as men remembered a toy train or wagon as a favorite toy —specifically not a doll. Lori Blevins, 55, an avowed tomboy, said her favorite remembered toy was a Fisher Price
4 | Weekend, November 23 & 24, 2013 | MOSCOWPULLMAN DAILY NEWS race car she received at age two, while Helen Dewey, 84, recalled that when her brother was given “a big red wagon, I was thrilled because I got to play with it too.” Kay Keskinen said that her favorite, a Lionel electric train set, was made even more special when her father, a mail carrier, re-gifted it one Christmas to a less fortunate family on his route. Keskinen, who was thanked by one of the train set’s recipients 30 years later, notes that “gifts can keep on giving.” Also noteworthy was how some respondents immediately knew their favorite item, such as Jeanette Talbott, 96, who clearly recalled specific details about her favorite, “a small saucer-sized painted ladybug with long feelers.” MaryAnn Moser leapt up to call her sister to ask her the name of her favorite dog. Still others insisted they had no memory of a favorite childhood item, yet as soon as they began to explain how they didn’t remember anything, “except for...” a clear favorite would emerge.
Gifts and memories A sampling of memorable childhood gifts from seniors across the region Friendly Neighbors, Moscow Evelyn Grassl and Eleanor Olesen, 84 (identical twins): We got identical dolls and high chairs when we were eight years old. This was our last big item we got for Christmas. They were pink and the dress was ruffled, with a little coat and a little hat. Mother said, “When you get a big doll, that’s going to be the last one.” It made me (Eleanor) sick, because when my daughter was old enough to play with dolls, she said, “Mama, I play doll. ”There goes the doll outside. The dog got it and chewed it up, and the stuffing was flying all over. I was so mad. I used to keep it on the bed.
Palouse Seniors Bob Newbre, 76: My first tricycle. It gave me fun mobility, though I did love to run. In fact, I couldn’t understand why adults preferred walking. I had a special parking place in a group of trees next to the driveway. One night I didn’t put my trike in its “garage.” The next morning my mom backed over it. I was crushed, too.
Nadine Morton, 74: Ice skates. I was 10 years old and loved to ice skate at the Spokane Ice Rink. So getting my own pair that fit correctly Peggy Swanson, 68: Ice skates. was a super The lake froze over where I lived and we were able to skate for about gift. When I look in my old photograph a month. It hasn’t frozen since! It looked like the lake was thawing, so album, there is a picture of me posing in a jacket and my mother let us stay home from school and invite our cousins across standing on a frozen puddle in my skates. The only problem is mother the lake. My mother was president took the picture of me that showed of the P.T.A. and was chastised for everything above my ankles… not letting us stay home from school and the example she was setting. (I my skates. don’t think [the principal] was that Bill Terrio, 74: My most memorable upset.) gift wasn’t until I was 21, when I got ice skates. The ice skating rink was just down the street on the corner. I went there several times a week, and I even had people stop and ask if I was part of the Ice Capades. I could do jumps and axels. E. Norma Johnson, 91: My top that spun and hummed music. My folks ordered it from a catalog, and Dad took the sled and horses 17 miles to get it at the post office. There were seven of us kids (later 10) on our homestead in the mountains of Colorado.
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Anonymous: A black baby doll. My father had been a member of the KKK, and he couldn’t understand why I wanted that. But I got it. Years later—the doll had been broken and repaired, and I was packing to move—I threw the doll away with sadness. Then I found out that these were rare and valuable.
Margie St. John, 66: I had a favorite doll. In the summer I looked for it and asked for it and couldn’t find it. On Christmas morning it was sitting under the Christmas tree, with a suitcase full of new clothes that my mother had made and a little doll high chair. She thought for sure I’d forget that doll, but I did not. I still have the doll and some of her clothes. Leonard C. Johnson, 86: A Tinkertoy set. One of two “store-bought” toys of my childhood, it gave many hours of mind stretching, inventive, educational pleasure, substituting in a way for siblings and playmates that I lacked.
Marilyn Henderson, 80: It was a wooden doll bed. (I just happened to have a doll that fit in it just right!) For some reason I had to go to bed early, and when I heard the loud knock on the front door, and a very loud voice asked if Marilyn lived there, it frightened me so I hid under the covers. My mother came in and asked if I heard anything, and of course I said no! She had me get up and there under the Christmas tree was my doll bed! (I’m pretty sure I was preschool age.) Jeanette Talbott, 96: A small saucer-sized painted ladybug with long feelers. When placed on a table the feelers would project and would turn the ladybug and keep it from falling off the edge of the table. It was a gift from Santa, before it was known that Santa was really your parents. Karon S. Aronson, 65: A chemistry set. I marveled how you could change the color of liquids by pouring clear liquid into clear and get red. Kathryn S. Dunn, 78: All I remember getting is my sister’s hand-medowns. I was happy to get them, but I knew Santa Claus didn’t bring them. It didn’t really make me feel special. When we’d go to church, Santa would hand out oranges instead of a toy. This was in Colorado in the winter. It was a big deal. Jim Dunn, 78: I can only remember the Christmases that didn’t go well, not the ones that did. One time I only got a pair of shorts for Christmas. I wasn’t thrilled.
Palouse Seniors Jean Rudolph, 92: It was the Great Depression, so I didn’t have one [a favorite toy]. I had two dolls but never liked or played with them. I wanted a bike! Sandra Baird, 70: A prism. I saw the world with rainbows around everything—I loved it! I was six. My dad brought it home. My mom made a little sack for it. Judy Reisenauer, 74: A magic skin doll. It was given to me and all my female cousins by our grandmother when I was eight years old. I still have it. Larry Kirkland, 71: An erector set, slip-on skis, a B-B gun. I was thrilled with each one. I outgrew the erector set but used the B-B gun and skis for many years.
Weekend, November 23 & 24, 2013 | MOSCOWPULLMAN DAILY NEWS | 5 Donna DeBolt, 70: A fashion doll (an early version of Barbie). I was five years old. I have been interested in fashion forever. I was disappointed in the clothes. They looked so good in the Aldens catalog. Ralph Johnson, 92: A pony. He lived to be 35 years old. His name was Bill. He was a gift from my uncle for my birthday. I needed transportation for my job. Nancy Lindhorst, 69: A baking set, with cake mixes and pans. I always loved being in the kitchen with my grandma when she cooked, so when I got my own cooking set I was very happy since we didn’t have that much money. It was not so much the cooking but the memories of my grandma.
Eileen Osterhoudt, 92: The prettiest doll I ever had. I can’t remember the name, but it was named after something in the funny papers. Ernest Bunch, 89: A tractor. My dad made it for me out of wood. We lived out of town near Garfield, Washington. I am a World War II vet. MaryAnn Moser, 85: A little puppy. I was in preschool, but he didn’t get much bigger nor less playful those several years that I remember. And now I can’t remember his name! P.S. I just called my sister. She first said her kids’ puppy’s name, but did come up with the name of our puppy: Bingo. Anonymous, 80: A dollhouse. My grandfather made it for me when I was four years old. It was for Christmas and had a front porch, glass windows, and a front door that opened. It was completely furnished.
Clara Doctor, 92
We girls all got a doll for Christmas. We didn’t give other toys for Christmas. We got new shoes, new outfits, a new dress, stockings, and underclothes, all that stuff. We got candy and nuts on the plate at dinner. There were 13 children. I don’t remember what the boys got. I was maybe eight or ten when we got the first doll. We played with them a lot. There was always a baby at home, and we treated our dolls like we treated the babies. My first ten years, I lived on Icicle Flat, this side of Cottonwood Butte. After that I went to work for different people. I did housework, I did laundry, I scrubbed on a washboard. Sometimes I got home at night, and sometimes I stayed there. We were happy. We were happy to get what we got. We went to the country schoolhouse and knew the neighbors. We never wished we had something we didn’t have. When I left home it was mostly clothes that I got for Christmas. Karen Davis, 72: We had Tinker Toys, an erector set, and Lincoln Logs. (Presumably these were for my brother!) I particularly loved the Lincoln Logs. They were much smaller than today’s variety, being about a quarter-inch. I first remember playing with them when I was about four years of age. I also remember battles with my brother over the Lincoln Logs. Since he was three years older, he usually won.
Helen Dewey, 84: I was a tomboy, so when my brother got a big red wagon, I was thrilled because I got to play with it too. Linn Lindsey, 64: A toy train that was a Christmas gift from my father, around 1952. Jim McCluskey, 74: A Lionel train the whole family could enjoy, and ice skates. I learned to skate but never very well. Both were Christmas gifts. Herb Ulthoff, 74: A toy motorcycle. I still ride and love motorcycles.
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The toy that was special is a Lionel electric train set that my siblings and I received for Christmas in the mid-1950s. It was special for two reasons: First, we had years of fun with it--rerouting the tracks around our living room, exchanging the cars, and turning down the room lights to enjoy the locomotive’s headlight as it sped around the room. Second, the train set was later re-gifted in the mid-1960s. My father, who was a letter carrier for a rural route for our Minnesota town, got to know the families on his route very well. In the mid-1960s he asked us four kids if we would be willing to part with our train set because there was a family on his mail route that had little money and the train set would be a great Christmas gift for their kids. We agreed and spiffed up the set so it looked as good as it could. Now turn the calendar forward another 30 years to a day I was visiting my parents in Minnesota. A man had stopped by to visit my folks, he and I were introduced, and he pulled me aside to say he was one of the kids who received the train set for Christmas many years ago. The train and the silver dollar my father gave to each of the kids in that family were the only presents they received that Christmas. He and his siblings also got much joy from the train set.Gifts can keep on giving. Don Sheets, 63: A teddy bear. I just always had it. Ida Pepe, 93: A doll I left in Italy when I was about eight years old. It was the only one I had. Al Pepe, 93: We never had any toys when we were kids.
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Judy Baumgartner, 69: Cowboy boots. I loved horses but we lived in town so I could not have one. Jane Leidenfrost, 90: A little kitten. I was the only girl. I had three brothers.
Good Samaritan, Moscow Bessie Brower, 82: My favorite was my doll Mabel Claire. I got her for Christmas when I was four years old. I remember she was as tall as I was. I could hold her hand and get to walk with me. Lou Stevens, 90: It was an identical doll that I had and my baby sister had one just like mine. One day she took both dolls and banged the heads together, and my doll’s head fell off! My parents never replaced it and I wondered why, to this day. I was eight years old, living in Missouri. My sister let me share her doll after that; we still played with the “headless doll!”
Ethel Osmond, 90: A doll carriage that was cream color with brown trim, made of wicker. It was special because I waited many years for it! I was eight or nine years old. Santa (parents) gave it to me. It was for Christmas in Quogue, New York. It was big and had wheels. I would take several dolls in the carriage out in the village! Lori Blevins, 55: My Fisher Price race car. I got it about age two after having my tonsils out. I was a tomboy so no dolls. It lasted forever. My nieces and nephews were able to play with it. Sue Trottier, 58: We were real poor. One year we colored pictures out of our coloring book to give to each other for Christmas. I really wanted a dollhouse. My dad made me a doll house out of a cardboard box, even the furniture. I was nine years old. Anonymous, 92: I was an only child. We always had a dog to keep me company. Puff was a mixed breed and we were best friends when I was eight to ten years old. Bill Deobald, 89: My favorite has to be my electric train I got for Christmas. It had an engine, coal, and passenger car. It would only go forward and stop.
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A good year to be a senior From the pages of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News
A look back at seniors who made news in 2013
Moscowâ€™s Circles of Caring continues day care tradition
replaced Gritman Medical Center as operator of Adult Day Health after the hospital ended its service Circles of Caring, and adult day in December following 11 years health center in Moscow, opened subsidizing the program. its doors in January with the goal For director Barb Mahoney, the of remaining a strong and healthy quickness of caregivers to react to resource for years to come. Gritmanâ€™s closure announcement Circles of Caring is a local in late-September to prevent a disnonprofit corporation which ruption in services was amazing.
â€œI canâ€™t believe that we were able to pull this together in three months,â€? she said. â€œThe spirit from all the family members has been wonderful.â€? Adult Day Health centers provide social and therapeutic services for those with chronic illnesses and developmental disabilities while allowing caregivers time off
Grace Westburg, 91: A kiddie car. It was the only thing I could ride as my own. I didnâ€™t have a horse or tricycle or bike that I could call my own. It was wooden and had a natural finish.
woodbox in our house from a wood pile.
Frances Winters, 91: A dogâ€”I always wanted one.
Betty Richmond, 88: I was given a pair of red socks at Christmas. I needed them to walk to school.
Harold Dodgen: A bicycle when I was 10. I remember how much fun I had.
Ben Rotolo, 77: A pedal car. I was four or five years old. It was from my favorite aunt, who said Santa would bring it.
Judy Sobeloff is a freelance writer and teaching artist who lives with her family in Moscow.
Glen Westburg, 94: A Trotter horse. It was faster at a trot than the other kidsâ€™ horses could go at a gallop. I was about 13 or 14 years old. Nila Hall, 78: A small black dollâ€”her name was Pee Wee. Her eyes opened and closed. My doll was special to me and my brothers because we liked â€œblack babiesâ€?; I am white. I was seven years old. It was a Christmas gift from my mom. Originally it was for my older sister but she didnâ€™t want it because she was too old for dolls, so I got it. Betty Westergreen, 85: A pair of flannel pajamas and a big doll, my first doll, when I was about five or six. The pajamas were welcome to keep me warm.
Bishop Place, Pullman Marilyn Mack, age 87: We were poor farmers in northeast Montana, so we had few toys. We made our own fun. I did play a lot of marbles with my brother. We played baseball with the neighbors. I had a doll but seldom played with it. We rode horseback. I suppose my mother gave me my doll. Another doll I had was one of the Dionne Quintuuplets, Annette. I didnâ€™t play with it. I still have it although itâ€™s in bad condition. Roger Spence, 97: A toy wagon was my favorite toy. I could haul things in it and ride down short slopes in it. When I was about four I was given the task of filling the
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Pullman Senior Center volunteers keep stewing Community members of all ages are invited to enjoy a longtime Pullman tradition each March - the annual Irish Stew at the Pullman Senior Center. The Pullman Senior Citizen Association hosts its Irish Stew event every year as a way to raise money for Senior Center programs and operations, said Steve Bell, Pullmanâ€™s senior program coordinator. â€œItâ€™s another way for us to bring
the community into the Senior Center, to know where itâ€™s at and meet some of our people,â€? he said. Bell said this yearâ€™s Irish Stew was made possible by the donations of time, money and pies from about 40-50 members of the PSCA. Peggy Flaherty and Angeline Bauer were among those volunteering this year. They chatted with other volunteers after they finished setting up placemats, cups and other table necessities. â€œIt takes a lot of people to do all this - thatâ€™s why we volunteer,â€? Flaherty said.
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Al Halvorson, 92: A tractor for Christmas when I was about four or five years old. I made my own farm in the trees. Pat Halvorson, 81: A pair of toy skisâ€”I played all over the hillside. A birthday present was a bike. Marie Eoff, 96: A tricycle for Christmas, because then I could go faster. They hid it in the basement but I found it. Gertrude Dissmore, 93: A little red wagon under the Christmas tree. I had a lot of fun. Christine Engle, 82: A Shirley Temple doll for Christmas. The curls and the dresses she had made it very special. Jane Michaelson, 90: Any kind of doll under the Christmas tree, especially a Shirley Temple doll Julie Bonilla, 55: A Barbie doll for Christmas so I could fix the hair, and a horse because I like them. Anonymous, 92: My favorite gift was a colt and I took care of it and raised it. I was five years old. Naoma James, 82: A rocking chair that had a doll in it under the Christmas tree. It wasnâ€™t wrapped, and I knew it was mine. Lillian Mills, 92: A Shirley Temple doll at Christmas
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would never be a teacher. “To me it seemed like such hard work, but it’s not. It has its own rewards,” Herdering said. Herdering, now 80, is finishing her 15th and final year as a volunteer in Elizabeth Nolting’s classroom where she has helped countless children with reading and language arts. Herdering volunteers for two hours a day Monday-Friday and works with groups of three or four students. Lovingly known to her students and colleagues as “Mrs. H,” Herdering said she signed up as a volunteer 15 years ago when she saw an advertisement in her church bulletin asking for classroom volunteers. A former medical technologist at Pullman Regional Hospital, Herdering said she had no idea how to teach when she was matched with Nolting. “I said ‘I don’t know how to teach.’ She (Nolting) gave me the teacher’s manual ... and that’s how it all started,” Herdering said.
School bus driver retires after nearly three decades In June, generations of students from Garfield and Palouse schools
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Pullman scorekeeper retiring after 50 years Ralph Bowman has been a fixture on the sidelines and the press box at Pullman High and American Legion baseball games for longer than most people can remember, but after half a century of dedicated service, the most meticulous scorekeeper on the Palouse is hanging up his cleats. “Before the season started, I decided 50 years was enough,” Bowman said. “I need to take care of my health, take care of myself,
Ralph Bowman because it’s not as easy traveling around anymore as it used to be.” Bowman, now 70 years old, spent his childhood in San Bernardino, Calif., but moved to Pullman in 1956 when his father took a job in Washington State’s
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•Dignity •Comfort •Compassion •End of Life Planning •Family Bereavement Our professional caring staff provides comfort and support for those in the final stages of life. We at Auburn Crest Hospice understand that this is a difficult time for families. Our staff & volunteers offer an environment of peace and dignity along with the opportunity to live with respect and quality of life. Auburn Crest Hospice can help families live every moment. 1407 16th Ave, Suite B, Lewiston
1913, they were invited by President Bryan to have a 20th anniversary dinner at the newly built presidents mansion on Campus Avenue. One hundred years later, the club commemorated that event in October by attending a dinner hosted by President Elson Floyd and his wife, Carmento, at their home. Along with the dinner, there was a guest speaker, and two vintage dresses from 1913 - one of which belonged to a club member - were on display for the guests. The dresses were provided by the Washington State University Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles program.
husband, Charles, a former math professor at the University of Idaho, started out selling produce and then flowers at the market Pullman Fortnightly - but she picked up the moniker Club still turning pages after she began selling her homemade jams some years ago. A local organization celebrated “We had a lot of raspberries a historic milestone a century in here, so I started making jam out the making. of it,” said Christenson, who now The Pullman Fortnightly Club, lives in Moscow. “It just kind of a women’s literary organization, took off though, and the next began in 1893, back when there thing you know I was making were no paved roads or sidewalks cherry and peach jam and all the and only three telephones in the city, said 41-year member Karen rest.” Kiessling. Saturday was something of a Enoch Bryan, the first presibittersweet day for Christenson, as dent of then-Washington State the last day of the market for the College, and his wife, Hattie season, it was her final day at the Bryan, had just arrived in Pullman Moscow Market market selling jams. from Indiana. Hattie, trying to fixtures say goodbye While she said she’s going to get acquainted in her new town, miss her friends and customers, invited 12 women to their rented Since it began 37 years ago, home for tea and asked them if Linda Christenson, also known as she won’t disappear from the they wanted to form a literary the “Jam Lady,” has been a fixture market completely, she’s just ready to see another side of it. study group. They would meet at the Moscow Farmers Market. “Next year, I’m going to see every two weeks - each fortnight “I’m the last one here that’s one - and share their love of classic of the originals,” Christenson said. what it’s like to be a customer. I don’t even know what’s at the literature. She wasn’t originally known as The club was born, and in the Jam Lady - she and her late other end of the market,” she said. at his alma mater in 1965 and eventually picked up baseball in 1968.
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Seminar tackles healthier approaches to dementia care when and how to choose a hospice care provider that is best suited to your family and loved one’s needs. John A. Miller, Elder Law Professor and Dean Emeritus of the University of Idaho Law School, spoke about elder planning tools such as powers of attorney, senior housing options, and gave an overview of the services available through Medicare and Medicaid. Hospice chaplain Steve Szasz, of Auburn Crest, spoke about end of life decision making. Cornish discussed strategies to decrease the anxiety experienced by those with dementia and increase harmony between patient and caregiver. In the United States, about 66 percent of people who use hospice want to receive services at home and choose to die there. However, Keene reports that, in Idaho, only about 15 percent of the people who qualify for hospice care apply for services, even though hospice is covered by Medicare and would not cost them anything.
We believe that every moment matters. Maybe that’s why so many families believe in us when it comes to choosing a hospice provider. For more information or to receive our free DVD, “Hospice and Your Loved One,” Home Health Call 509-332-2236 & Hospice Fax 509-332-2338 gentiva.com/hospice Great Health Care Has Come Home
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If your loved one is in need of skilled nursing care, contact us to see if he/she may be eligible for VA services such as: • Aid and attendance • VA prescription benets • Service-Connected disability benets • Daily per diem rate
Applications A pplications aare re b being eing ttaken aken aatt tthis his veterans ttime ime ffor or v eterans aand nd sspouses/widows pouses/widowss who are in need of skilled nursing care.
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Call today to see what you may be entitled to: telephone (208) 799-3422 or visit @ 821 21st Ave., Lewiston www.idvs.state.id.us
earth & Home Senior Care teamed with Auburn Crest Hospice this week to stage the Aging in Place seminar. The goal of seminar, in its second year, is to spread the idea that caring for someone with dementia can be rewarding rather than debilitating. The seminar took place Tuesday at Good Samaritan Village, Moscow, and provided information for both professional and at-home caregivers. “Caring for someone with dementia does not have to be as exhausting and frustrating as it is thought to be,” said Judy Cornish, a geriatric care manager of Hearth and Home. “In England and Germany caregivers are using methods that have completely changed the lives of people suffering from the disease. Frustration and fear can be replaced with joy and peacefulness, given the right approach.” Four experts made presentations at the seminar. David Keene of Auburn Crest Hospice outlined
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