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May 2011

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 Gadget Corner  

 

Irregular Heartbeat May Be Your Body's Warning Bell 

 

 Senior Humor  

 

 Skills2Care: Helping Families Manage Dementia  

 

 Vanilla Spices Up Fabulous Dishes   

 

 What's Happening At Visiting Angels 


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 dip2Vanilla Spices Up Fabulous Dishes

Pro chefs and casual cooks alike putter around in the kitchen, concocting family-favorite dishes. The best-loved delicacies will have one of the world's most popular flavors in common--vanilla, with its heady, aromatic taste combined with sweet, fruity and floral scents.

    Americans consume about 1,200 tons of vanilla beans a year. Vanilla is exciting and comforting, sexy and simple all at the same time. But not all vanilla is the same, and it pays to know the different kinds before you begin your cooking.

     The flavor is extracted from vanilla beans which are grown in four locations around the world--Madagascar, Indonesia, Mexico and Tahiti.

    Madagascar beans are creamy, sweet, smooth and mellow and work well in rich foods and in recipes that call for high heat, like cookies. Indonesian vanilla is typically a lower quality vanilla which has smoky, woody flavor notes and is often sold in supermarkets and warehouse clubs as just "Pure Vanilla Extract." 

 

Salmon with Vanilla Balsamic Marinade

Salmon

Vanilla Balsamic Marinade

Serves 8

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 shallot, diced

1 1/2 tsp dried organic parsley

1 1/2 tsp dried organic basil

1/2 tsp dark brown sugar

1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste

 

Salmon

8 (4- to 6-ounce) 1" thick salmon fillets

Canola oil

Salt and freshly ground pepper

 

For the marinade, combine the olive oil, shallot, parsley, basil, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, Dijon mustard and vanilla paste into a blender container and puree. Pour evenly into two containers and set one container aside.

    For the salmon, preheat the grill. Brush each fillet with canola oil and season with salt and pepper. Brush the tops of the fillets with the marinade, discarding any remaining marinade.

Place the fillets marinated side down on a grill rack over direct heat. Grill for 6 to 8 minutes or until dark grill marks appear and the marinade begins to caramelize. Turn the fillets and grill for 3 to 4 minutes longer. Serve with reserved marinade.

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FlowersWelcome to the May issue of Angel News!
     In this issue, we present news and information about gadgets, irregular heartbeats, a delicious salmon recipe using vanilla, an educational program for families of those with dementia, and more.
     We appreciate your comments and suggestions. Please email us at info@ourvisitingangels.com  or write on our Facebook page. Until next month!

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VISITING ANGELS of C. Burlington & Mercer Counties
GadgetMay2Gadget Corner

Our Gadget Corner features unique products designed for everyone, but also have extra benefits for the older population.   

 

Cool Touch BowlCool Touch Microwave Bowl:

Don't burn your fingers again! The Cool Touch Microwave Bowl consists of two bowls nested within each other. The inner ceramic bowl evenly heats your food while the insulated plastic bowl remains cool to the touch. Search for Cool Touch Microwave Bowl online.

 

Oven ThermometerOregon Scientific Grill Right Wireless Talking BBQ/Oven Thermometer:

This thermometer audibly announces when your meat is at the proper temperature...in five languages! Visit us.oregonscientific.com to read more. 

Doctor checking heart HeartIrregular Heartbeat May Be Your Body's Warning Bell 

The economy's ups and downs are enough to make anyone's heart skip a beat. But those occasional irregular heartbeats, flutters, slow beats or moments when your heart races may actually be a warning sign of something even more serious than the recession.

    If you frequently experience irregular heartbeats (especially if you also feel light-headed, dizzy or weak at the same time) make an appointment to have your doctor check if you're suffering from heart disease or possibly even heart failure.

    Your doctor will use a variety of tests to determine if your heart rhythm irregularities are serious or associated with heart failure.

    If your doctor diagnoses a heart rhythm problem, you may not necessarily need therapy; lifestyle adjustments may be sufficient. But if you do require therapy, it may include medicines such as blood thinners that help prevent clots and reduce the risk of stroke, an implantable device such as a pacemaker used to treat slow heartbeats, an implantable cardioverter defibrillator used to treat very fast heartbeats, or surgery.

    To learn more about heart failure and rhythm problems, log on to the Heart Failure Society of America's Web site: www.abouthf.org.

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 Humor2Senior Humor 

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An older woman told her friend, "I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor's permission to join a fitness club and start exercising. I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But, by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over."

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Skills2Care:  

Helping Families Manage Dementia*

     

The Mercer County Office on Aging is offering Skills2Care, a free program created to support those caring for people with dementia. It's designed to help families deal with the daily challenges of caregiving by pairing a specially-trained occupational therapist with each family. The therapist will then create individual plans of action that build skills needed to manage behaviors leading to caregiver stress. 

 

Steps involved: 

  1. Initial Assessment: The occupational therapist will do an initial assessment of home safety, of the functioning level of the person with dementia, and of the emotional well-being of the family caregiver. 
  2. Additional Visits: 3-6 visits to practice learned skills, stress reduction techniques, and ways to handle caregiver well-being.
  3. Ongoing: Ongoing education about the process of dementia is continually offered.  

End result--family caregivers will:

  • Learn new & creative ways to communicate with the person with dementia
  • Understand & respond to dementia-related behaviors
  • Simplify the home environment
  • Simplify every day tasks creating a safe, meaningful home atmosphere
  • Have more confidence as they learn these skills, thereby reducing their stress!
To learn more about this free and very beneficial program, contact Eileen E. Doremus, Executive Director, Mercer County Office on Aging by calling 609-989-6661 or -6662 or email her at edoremus@mercercounty.org.

*This program is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, Alzheimer's Disease Supportive Services Program, Grant Number 90-AZ-2808.

 

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