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February 2015
Vol., 1, Issue 1
 
Our community model is centralized around these four components of care: 
The Physical Environment, The Social Environment, The Medical Care,
and The Caregivers themselves.

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Phone: 812.303.3310

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In The Community

SWIRCA

AARP will be assisting seniors, age 50+ with filing their taxes every Monday until April 6th here at SWIRCA. Help sessions will be from 12-3 pm in the Activity Center. This is on a first come, first serve basis.
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Recipe of the Month:

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Ingredients:

• 5 ounces white
almond bark or white chocolate chocolate chips

5 ounces red candy melts
(I found them at Michael’s craft store)

1 teaspoon shortening

5 cups chex cereal

1 cup strawberry
cake mix

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/2 package valentines chocolate M&M’s

Instructions:

1. Start by dividing the chex mix into two bowls. (2 1/2 cup in each)

2. In microwave safe dish, melt the 5 ounces white almond bark or white chocolate chips. Add 1/2 teaspoon shortening so that the almond bark will spread evenly. Microwave 30 seconds at a time and be careful not to burn the almond bark. Dump this in the first bowl of chex and mix evenly to coat all of the chex cereal.

2. Melt the red candy melts next also checking and stirring the candy melts 30 seconds at a time. Once this is melted, pour this over the second bowl of divided chex and mix until coated.

3. In two gallon size ziplock bags, put 1/2 cup strawberry cake mix and 1/4 cup powdered sugar in each bag.  Dump each bowl of chex mix in each bag and shake until coated with the powdered sugar and strawberry powdered cake mix. divider2.png
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Benefits of Early Diagnosis

Being able to identify the earliest stages of dementia as they occur can allow medical treatment and other healthful engagement to begin early enough to delay the onset of later stages of dementia.  Awareness of these stages can help with the coping process of physical, emotional, and behavior changes due to memory loss.
 
According to research of Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of cognitive decline and memory loss, including increased social engagement and mental stimulation, a balanced diet, and physical activity.  While the disease itself is not curable, many symptoms can be treated effectively, allowing for daily life functioning to be preserved and enjoyed.

An early diagnosis can allow a person with memory loss to be involved in making plans for their future.  Specifically, decisions about treatment and medical care, financial and legal matters, and future living arrangements can. This can be a great relief to caregivers and family members.  In addition, all parties can develop support networks to help through the difficult transition.divider2.pngThis Valentine’s Day Make Your Loved One Feel Special!
 
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, here’s a list of gift suggestions that may have an added value for our loved ones with memory loss and their caregivers:

Personalized Cards – these can be store bought, such as the ones with audio messages, or homemade, by adding a picture of yourself or a picture of yourself and your Valentine as an added touch.

The Gift of Assistance – self-made coupons for cleaning the house, preparing a meal, shoveling the driveway, or respite time.

Salon or Spa Certificate
– take time for yourself and your Valentine to get pampered.  Start by looking locally on Groupon.com where there are usually deals ‘for two,’ making it affordable.


Gift Certificates
– this can be a more personal option by picking places your Valentine loves to go. Consider getting a few inexpensive certificates that can make up an outing, i.e. lunch and a pedicure or car wash and ice cream.


‘You Call the Shots’ Day
– this is like a self-made coupon which might be the perfect gift.  Offer a day alone together, just you and your Valentine, to do what your Valentine wants with no distractions, i.e. phones, kids, etc.


A Gift for the Senses
– these include items such as a soft robe, scented lotion, plush throw blanket, a pair of gloves, a CD of relaxation music or their favorite tunes.  These items are especially good for later stages of Alzheimer’s when sensory stimulation is calming.


Photographs
– take a picture with your Valentine and turn it into a canvas or a large print.  Another option is to get a collection of old photos of your loved one whether they are in them from childhood or pictures of their favorite places while growing up. (You can find older pictures from your local library as well.)
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A Little Goes A Long Way
 
SeniorWomenExerciseHC1405_M_150_C_R.jpgWe hear the message that physical exercise needs to be a standard part of daily life over and over, to the point that it can be dismissed as background noise. If you are like me, you may put off beginning an exercise regime because it seems like such a mammoth undertaking or a time- consuming commitment when time is scarce, or you’re just too tired at the end of the day to follow through with your good intentions.

Two studies I recently reviewed have given me that extra push needed to make exercise a priority. Not only were they clear on the benefits of exercising, but they delivered great news about how little physical exercise is needed to make vast improvements in overall health.

According to research, as little as thirty minutes of daily low-impact aerobic exercise, such as stretching (yes, stretching) and walking, can diminish insulin resistance and allow cells to productively use glucose. And by the way, high-impact activities and over-exertion actually have negative consequences in your body due to the body’s reaction to protect itself.

The other research article concerned how much and what type of exercise was needed to increase strength, balance and flexibility in order to reduce the likelihood of falling and incurring injury. It was shown that as little as an hour of sustained low-impact aerobic exercise performed three days a week would significantly increase strength, balance and flexibility. In fact, as part of the research, one group of participants wore ankle and wrist weights for added resistance and this had no significant added benefit!

Not only does a little exercise go a long way in sustaining our physical health, but there is great scientific evidence that the benefits extend into emotional and mental health. Dr. John Ratey of the Harvard Medical School, in his book, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, says "Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your brain in terms of mood, memory, and learning…Even 10 minutes of activity changes your brain."
 
 

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