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Mental Health First Aid – Thank you Australia

By Lauren Williams | October 23, 2019 |

Mental Health First Aid International is an even better import than koalas. The following paragraphs are from its website: “An evidence-based program,” “an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and…

Casual Uncluttering in garage

Just another day at a garage

By Lauren Williams | October 22, 2019 |

Day 1 of a major decluttering and organizing for Christian Pincock and Mark Chavez. Even though they did a decluttering a month ago look at all the trash and donation items they identified just from the garage in two hours. “We’re taking this room by room and targeting to finish the entire house by Christmas…

Charity Choice Monday – Children’s Home Society of Washington – Real Change 25

By Lauren Williams | October 21, 2019 |

Children’s Home Society of Washington isn’t too proud to post a full gifts-in-kind wishlist page on its website.   “Just as a sturdy house needs certain materials, our children need many supports and opportunities to be successful in school and life. Children’s Home Society of Washington helps create a solid foundation for today’s children that…

Charity Choice Monday – FareStart – Real Change 24

By Lauren Williams | October 14, 2019 | Comments Off on Charity Choice Monday – FareStart – Real Change 24

FareStart: “Great Food, Better Lives.   Providing real solutions to poverty, homelessness and hunger FareStart has been helping people transform their lives through food for over 25 years — one person, one job and one community at a time. People in poverty struggle to escape the cycle they are in and often face other compounding…

The Secret Language of Healthcare

By Lauren Williams | October 13, 2019 | Comments Off on The Secret Language of Healthcare

A colleague of mine, Annie Jacobsen Jacobsen Dementia Care Coaching 206-617-6683 Jacobsen Dementia Care Coaching 10116 Edmonds Way Suite C – Box 302 Edmonds, WA 98020 shared her expertise, focused on a specific client of hers, for “When the Diagnosis is Dementia”, the third chapter of The Secret Language of Healthcare, How to Ask…

My Mother, Your Mother Dennis MCullough, M.D.

By Lauren Williams | October 10, 2019 | Comments Off on My Mother, Your Mother Dennis MCullough, M.D.

One of my highest words of praise for any book is “lyrical.” Dennis McCullough’s My Mother, Your Mother is lyrical, meditative and compelling. Dr. McCullough dissects the current state of medical care for Seniors with authority: he is a family physician and geriatrician in practice for over 30 years, faculty at Dartmouth Medical School, and…

Stages of Senior Care Paul and Lori Hogan

By Lauren Williams | October 9, 2019 | Comments Off on Stages of Senior Care Paul and Lori Hogan

There is a bewildering selection of “how to care for the elderly” books. Paul and Lori Hogan, in Stages of Senior Care, wrote one which is worth finding. They teach their readers about critical potential resources for the challenges: professional, non-familial service providers, for example through home health agencies which can provide in-home nursing assistance,…

Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash

By Lauren Williams | October 8, 2019 | Comments Off on Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash

Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Seniors Downsize, Organize, and Move is a book. But it’s also a plea, spoken by someone forced to hastily move out of his/her home because a complication of aging has caused him/her catastrophic harm. Vickie Dellaquila, a Certified Professional Organizer(R) of the National…

Charity Choice Monday – Jewish Family Service – Real Change 23

By Lauren Williams | October 7, 2019 | Comments Off on Charity Choice Monday – Jewish Family Service – Real Change 23

Jewish Family Service provides help to anyone, regardless of his/her religious background, although its earliest, deepest, resilient roots rise from the coordinated efforts of 70 Jewish women who founded the Ladies Hebrew Benevolent Society in 1892 out of concern for the many Jewish immigrants coming out West. Many other charitable agencies grew from the Society,…

NAPO Seattle Area Chapter Day of Service 2020

By Lauren Williams | October 5, 2019 | Comments Off on NAPO Seattle Area Chapter Day of Service 2020

My Seattle Area Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) holds an annual Day of Service in celebration of January, GO (Get Organized) Month. Five – ten Organizers come into a registered King County 501(c)3 non-profit and clear up and structure some trouble spot – a jumbled storeroom, the back office,…