It was noted this week at the time that I missed our caregiver support group at Arden Court. Our last one was particularly revealing of the necessity of this kind of gathering. If only to see how people handled their loved one's inevitable slide into deeper dementia and helplessness. This morning I picked up a book that is been waiting, unread, for years. "Tuesdays with Morrie". Page 92, the Fifth Tuesday. Morrie says, speaking of Family, "without love we are birds with broken wings". He goes on to describe being visited by friends vs. family. The essential differences of 'those who will not leave', and those who visit for a chat and leave in an hour.
I then thought about the usefulness of the support group you lead and felt it necessary to paraphrase the book title with this message's subject.“ Wednesdays With Vivian”
Thanks for the memories and the help it was when things looked darkest.
Larry, Caregiver support group participant
Approximately 80% of Alzheimer’s caregivers are family members. Because of the intense nature of the level of care they need and the cognitive decline of the affected patient, it is not only physically but also mentally taxing to the caregivers. It is also a great financial burden to families. Although this disease is very common, many do not know the resources available or where to turn for help. This is where Vivian provides much needed information to the community. I have worked with Vivian on workshops that provided information to the community and the feedback has been extremely positive. We are often asked when we are doing another presentation so attendees can send their friends who missed it. Her approach is extremely professional and compassionate.
Laura Husking, Senior Helpers Outreach Coordinator
Dear Ms. Green Korner,
On behalf of Eastwick College and our Occupational Therapy Assistant program, we would like to offer our sincere gratitude for the exceptionally informative lecture you so graciously shared on the topic of Dementia. The definitions, identifying signs and symptoms, as well as daily applications and strategies for improved quality of life will forever be remembered.
We could never thank you enough for sharing your expertise with our students. We look forward to having you come back for many years to come.
Susanna Shamy MS/OT/L, Fieldwork Coordinator, Eastwick College, Ramsey, NJ
Just to let you know, I bought the whiteboard, as you suggested, and this has helped tremendously. I list the day, date,what has to be done for the day, and the TV programs to be watched for the day. She looks at it and has helped her a great deal.I also bought her a new watch with a bigger face which makes it easier for her to see.
Once again, thank you. Caregiver November, 2016
In the Spring of 2015, Vivian, in partnership with our firm coordinated Paramus’ first time Alzheimer’s Readiness Event. This very successful four-day event helped raise community awareness about dementia, helped to eliminate the stigma, and most importantly supported caregivers and families affected by the disease. Programs that were offered by professionals from the Alzheimer’s Association, Kessler Rehabilitation, Valley Hospital, a noted dementia care expert and law enforcement all received high praise and appreciation from attendees. All programs were free and open to the public and had the support and backing of the Paramus borough municipality. The success has furthered our commitment to offer similar events in other towns to assist communities to work toward becoming dementia friendly.
Kenneth W. Nicholas,Principal, Senior Helpers Bergen County
On behalf of the employees here at SES, I would like to thank you for helping to educate our employees on the important topic of caregiving. I know that several of our employees are already faced with this challenging task and I believe that your presentation has helped equip them with resources and information that will make their caregiving experience more manageable and pleasant.
Sr. Benefits Specialist Americas
I have known Vivian professionally for about 4 years and regard her in the highest esteem. I started working with her when I sent clients to her special program for cognitively impaired seniors at the JCC on the Palisades where she was the director of this important program.
When she became a Certified Dementia Specialist, my company, Home Helpers, began utilizing her training services for our employees. Her sessions were really appreciated by our employees and employed many interactive techniques, including role playing, in order for them to be able to provide the relevant mental and physical techniques to our many clients with dementia.
We also share many dementia clients and our ability to communicate frequently on the status of these clients, creates the best atmosphere to insure that we are able to slow the progress of their dementia. These improvements also allow the spouses of dementia clients to restart their own lives and interests since they can now rely on the caregiver who is caring for their spouse.
Doug Feltman, CPA, CS,
President of Home HelpersAs Alzheimer's Disease relentlessly progresses over what may be years, the demands on caregivers become more complex and difficult. When I found myself having to do more and more as a caregiver, I knew I needed professional help beyond what the Alzheimer's Association and literature could provide. Fortunately I met a dementia care practitioner, Vivian Green Korner.
She came to my home, spoke with and helped evaluate my wife, and gave me all kinds of useful advice and recommendations. These included ways to be more successful communicating with my wife, suggested home care agencies and now preparations for a nursing home. The bottom line is that an experienced dementia care practitioner can be a tremendous help guiding and advising a beleaguered caregiver, saving much time and effort.
I strongly recommend using such a person, and strongly recommend Vivian Green Korner.
Les Ault, caregiver
When Vivian came into my life, I was so emotionally and physically overwelmed caring for my mother. I couldn't reason with my Mom when she insisted on going home, when she was home. She wouldn't use her walker when it was in front of her and would be up throughout the night and sleep during the day.
Vivian gave me practical tips and offered recommendations which really worked. My Mom and I are now both less agitated. Vivian gave me suggested activities and patiently educated me on many ways to engage my mother. Her knowledge and patience is a gift. I am so grateful.
"Vivian Green Korner presented on Dementia Care to our agency's Caregiving staff. We were impressed by how comprehensive and interactive the training was. She immediately engaged our Caregivers by using them as examples, as well as drawing on her own and their personal experiences with Dementia. I would highly recommend Vivian's presentation to any business looking to set the bar higher when it comes to Dementia care. We had a great time and our Caregivers raved!"