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Family Caregiver – Pictures Truly are Worth a Thousand Words

Caregiver Bonita FL

Caregiver Bonita FL

When’s the last time you leisurely went through a photo album, actually recalling the memories associated with each picture? These days many people don’t even use the old-fashioned photo albums. “Albums” instead are kept on smart phones, electronic tablets or mobile devices, and computers. But no matter how photos are stored, each one elicits a memory that generally brings a smile to one’s face, as happier times are recalled, along with people involved in the moment the photo was taken, the place it was taken and the occasion.

If you’re a family caregiver for a loved one, you’ve got a great opportunity to sit down and look at family photos with that person any time you’re with them. Imagine the happy thoughts that are stirred up in their minds as they visit each photo. It could even help jar pleasant memories for someone with mild memory loss or early stage dementia.

May is National Photo Month, but that doesn’t mean you should not avail yourself of the opportunity to look at family photos, or take new ones whenever the mood strikes you and the time is available. National Photo(graphy) Month is really more about helping people get even more joy out of photography and their pictures, no matter when that opportunity occurs.

But there are some specific things you can do to enjoy photography and celebrate the pictures you take and the moments they capture. You may be getting together with your loved ones for a July 4th picnic, or family reunion sometime this summer. Why not use those moments to snap some new family photos? And while you’re all together as a family, look at older photos and let family members recall their stories about the day those photos were taken. You might even want to consider having family members write a short story about some of the more interesting photos.

And the photos don’t have to be just shots of people in them. If you’re gathering at a beach or campsite somewhere, the opportunities are endless for beautiful nature shots. Make it a friendly family competition to see who can capture some of the best photos.

Pictures—and even videos—are one of the best ways we have to freeze moments in time. Once the moment is past, it’s too late to get it back, especially in the case of children or pets growing up, or seniors growing older and eventually passing away. There’s so time like the present to capture those special moments, preserving them forever.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Caregiver Services in Bonita FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033 . Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065 .

Ted Wolfendale

Administrator at Dial-a-Nurse
Mr. Wolfendale is a graduate of Stetson University, and Stetson University School of Law, and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1988. He is admitted to practice in the Middle district of Florida, is an active member of the Florida Health Law section, and Lee County Bar Association.

In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.