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Grace Townley-Lott

Grace Townley-Lott LMSW, is the Director of the True Bridge program at True Care, which provides additional support to our clients with memory impairment through a strengths-based care plan that maximizes independence, comfort, and engagement. With over a decade of experience working specifically with clients with dementia-related conditions and their families, she enjoys building connections and opportunities for expression through creative engagement. After work, you can find Grace reading, painting, or creating artistic specialty cakes.

Recent Posts

Helping Those in Need During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by Grace Townley-Lott in Health & Lifestyle

Sitting at home day after day can not only become monotonous; it can take a toll on us emotionally and physically. The stress of hearing the news from outside, combined with the stress of home confinement, can weigh on us, and you may start feeling run down. 

It's important to find some meaning in your days to combat feelings of apathy. What gets you up in the morning? What keeps you going when you start feeling down? If you're searching for more meaning, you might find it in helping others during this time. 

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Lack of Pet Care Shouldn’t Prevent Your Medical Treatment

Posted by Grace Townley-Lott in Health & Lifestyle

The COVID-19 pandemic is bringing many issues to light, particularly around healthcare and hospitalization. Many people don’t think about preparing for admission to the hospital until it’s too late. It’s imperative to do this ahead of time. Now is the perfect time to gather your medical records, health care proxy, power of attorney, and plan for pet care if needed.

First, create a go-bag full of extra supplies for your pet, in case someone needs to care for your animal. Include extra food, medications, a leash/harness, a pet carrier, pet waste supplies (litter/litter box or plastic bags), and medical/vaccination records. New York City has created a document that helps you plan for your pet in case of an emergency.

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Managing Anxiety While Self-Isolating During COVID-19

Posted by Grace Townley-Lott in Health & Lifestyle, in Coronavirus Updates

So, who’s feeling a little anxious right now? I am! I’m sure most of us are, and that’s okay. It’s a perfectly normal reaction to our current world situation, and it’s not shameful.

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How to Stay in Touch While Social Distancing

Posted by Grace Townley-Lott in Health & Lifestyle

This is an unsettling time in our lives. Suddenly, we are confronted with phrases like "social distancing" and "self-isolation" and left to wonder if we're standing far enough away from other shoppers at the grocery store. If we have loved ones near or far, do we take the risk to ride the train, to drive, or to fly to see them? These are dilemmas I'm personally grappling with, and I know these questions resonate across the world right now.

As a social worker, I can't overstate the importance of maintaining human contact for our emotional well-being, and I'm concerned about our global mental health during this crisis. We need to find ways to keep our anxiety at bay and stay connected with our friends and family while practicing social distancing. We need to find ways to be together, apart.

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How to Respond to an Alzheimer's Diagnosis

Posted by Grace Townley-Lott in Alzheimer's & Dementia

When you hear that someone you love has just received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, you may feel overwhelmed. You may also wonder what to do next. While everyone’s situation is different, here are a few suggestions that might help you feel more in control. 

It’s okay to grieve. This is one of the first things you need to know. In fact, it’s okay to feel whatever emotions you are experiencing at this time. An Alzheimer’s diagnosis signals that your family will undergo many changes and change can be hard. Your roles will shift from what they were, and it will take time to adjust. The best thing you can do is to find support, whether it’s with a counselor, your close friends, your faith community, or a support group. 

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I Think My Loved One Has Dementia. What’s Next?

Posted by Grace Townley-Lott in Alzheimer's & Dementia

If you’ve noticed memory lapses or behavioral changes in someone you care about, thinking about next steps can seem overwhelming and intimidating. Many people avoid exploring these changes, for fear of receiving a diagnosis like Alzheimer’s disease.

While inaction may be tempting, there are several reasons to examine a shift in cognition. First, there are many possible causes for memory loss, and a number of these causes are treatable. And if your loved one does receive a diagnosis, it may actually provide some relief; he or she has likely noticed their own cognitive changes and putting a name to their experience can validate that they are going through something real.

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