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June 2011

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Safeguarding a Senior's Home  

 

Gadget Corner 

 

Senior Humor  

 

Six Steps to a Lower Cooling Bill  

 

Blueberry Burgers   

 

Identifying Stroke Symptoms 

 

What's Happening At Visiting Angels 


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 Humor2Senior Humor: Retirement Questions 

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Q. When is a retiree's bedtime?
A. Three hours after he falls asleep on the couch. 

Q. What's the biggest gripe of retirees?
A. There is not enough time to get everything done.

Q. Why don't retirees mind being called senior citizens?
A. The term comes with a 10% discount.

Q. Why are retirees so slow to clean out the basement, attic or garage?
A. They know that as soon as they do, one of their adult kids will want to store stuff there.

Q. What do retirees call a long lunch?
A. Normal

Q. What's the biggest advantage of going back to school as a retiree?
A. If you cut classes, no one calls your parents.  


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 dip2Blueberry Burgers Are Deluxe 

As strange as it may sound, these burgers were featured on the LIVE! with Regis & Kelly daytime show and tasted great!

     In a small heavy saucepan, combine blueberries with water. Cover and bring to a boil. Remove cover and broil gently, stirring occasionally, until mixture is reduced to about 1/2 cup. Remove from heat. Pour into a small food processor and process until very smooth. Pour into small bowl or cup. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

     To prepare burgers, combine 1/2 cup of the blueberry mixture with ground beef in a large bowl. Add desired amount of salt and pepper. Stir with a large spoon until well blended. Form into 10 small patties. Coat non-stick frying pan with oil spray. Cook burgers over medium heat until the meat is completely cooked through. Watch carefully to prevent burning. (The blueberries will make the burgers appear dark in color.)


Ingredients:

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1 tablespoon water

1-1/4 pounds ground beef, 95 percent lean

salt and pepper, taste

oil spray

 

Serves 5 (2 patties per serving)

Calories 185, Fat, gm. 8, Protein, gm. 21, Carb. gm. 5

Cholesterol, mg. 80, Fiber, gm. 1

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Identifying Stroke Symptoms

     Sometimes the symptoms of a stroke can be difficult to identify as those a stroke. The victim may experience sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body; confusion or dizziness; trouble speaking, understanding, walking, or seeing; loss of balance or coordination; or have an unexplained and severe headache. The sooner the symptoms of a stroke are recognized, the faster the treatment and the better the recovery. Doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

  1. Ask the individual to smile
  2. Ask him or her to raise both arms
  3. Ask the person to speak a simple sentence

For more information on stroke symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, visit the American Stroke Association at www.strokeassociation.org.

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sunflowersIn our June issue, we're featuring ways to safeguard a senior's home, great gadgets, steps to keep cooling costs down, how to identify a stroke, and more!


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safeguardingSafeguarding a Senior's Home 

 

Most families want to keep their loved one with dementia or Alzheimer's Disease at home for as long as possible so the person can be in familiar surroundings. Therefore, it is important to create a safe environment while they can still remain at home.

     The following are suggestions for safe proofing the home. There are no fixed rules. There will be unique behaviors or characteristics that require continual reassessment as the disease progresses.

 

START WITH A PLAN 

Survey the home thoroughly prior to making changes. Look for areas and items that could be hazardous to your loved one. The following suggestions can assist you with beginning your plan.

  1. Reduce clutter. Open spaces make both access and decision making easier, while decreasing the potential for over-stimulation.  Leave only a few special mementos.
  2. Create walking paths. Paths should be as straight and direct as possible. ALL THROW RUGS MUST BE REMOVED.
  3. Utilize labels. Labeling areas and items can provide visual cues to maintain the senior's independence within the household. For example, attaching pictures of silverware outside the utensil drawer or hanging a "BATHROOM" sign on the bathroom door. Use symbols and/or the language the person can relate to at their cognitive level.
  4. Identify "Zones" in the home. Think of the house in terms of zones as you start to develop a plan.

StairsDanger Zone. This is an area that should be off-limits to your loved one. These types of rooms should be secured and can be used to store breakables, tools, chemicals, or any other items deemed unsafe for seniors with dementia. Doors leading to these rooms should be kept locked and alarmed if possible. Examples Include:

  • Garage (access to car, tools, chemicals, etc.)
  • Basement / Attic
  • Workshops
  • Staircases
  • Outdoors (pools, spas, unfenced areas)

If you cannot lock these areas, then removing dangerous items and/or disabling potentially dangerous applications and machinery is a must.

 

Safe Zone. These areas should remain available to the senior with Alzheimer's to wander, hide things, rummage and exhibit the behaviors that are common with the disease. This zone should be free from agitating or harmful situations. The following are helpful hints to creating safe areas:

  1. Lighting. Enhance lighting to reduce shadows and dark areas in the home which may be misinterpreted or trigger confusion.
  2. Bathrooms. Possible dangers include: slips and falls, burns, poisoning, cuts, electrocution, and drowning.
  3. Windows & Doors. Most people with Alzheimer's dementia will wander. So, it is important to take precautions to ensure their maximum safety.

Preparing a home for a senior with Alzheimer's disease or any dementia related disorder is difficult. It is important to plan ahead rather than react to a crisis. We are here to help.

GadgetMay2Gadget Corner

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

 

Gator GrabberGator Grabber:

Tired of back-breaking yard work? Gator Grabber helps you pick up almost anything without bending straining your back. Go to  www.radiusgarden.com for more information and to see it in action!

 

VIOlight Dental SpaVIOlight Dental Spa:

This handy device utilizes UV light & sonic waves for amazing cleaning results. Its dual action cleans and sanitizes dentures, bite plates, retainers, whitening trays, sports mouthguards and more. Learn more and watch a product demonstration at www.violight.com.  

sixsteps FansSix Steps
to Lower
Cooling Bills

 

With hot summer weather just around the corner, now is the time to give your home a "check-up." Here are six tips from the Comfort Institute to make sure your air conditioning bills don't blow your cool!

  1. Have your duct system tested for air leaks by an AC contractor and then seal them with a brushed on fiber-reinforced elastomeric sealant. 
  2. Ask your AC contractor to perform an Infiltrometer "blower door" test to pinpoint where your home's worst air leaks are, such as duct leaks, and also measures how leaky the overall house is. 
  3. Close your fireplace damper. Shut it now or waste precious cool air all summer long!
  4. Replace your air conditioner or heat pump air filter. Most systems need this done every month to ensure safe and efficient operation.  
  5. Have your air conditioner cleaned and tuned. It reduces the chances of breakdowns in the middle of summer and more than pays for itself through more energy efficient operation.
  6. Consider replacing your old air conditioner or heat pump. Just like a car, central cooling equipment doesn't last forever.

For more information, visit www.energystar.gov and www.comfortinstitute.org.

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 happeningWhat's Happening at Visiting Angels

June Community Resource BulletinJUNE COMMUNITY RESOURCE BULLETIN
Our community resource bulletin this month is on National Safety Month, featuring fall prevention for older adults. Press here to download a printable copy. You will also find back issues of our "Community Resource Bulletin" from previous months on our website's resource page.

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Visiting Angels of C. Burlington & Mercer Counties:  About Our Care

Visiting Angels of C. Burlington & Mercer Counties is a New Jersey-licensed, non-medical home care company committed to going well beyond the "industry standard" to provide an exceptional level of security, comfort and peace of mind to our clients and their loved ones. Our "Angels", all certified home health professionals, are ready to provide compassionate and dependable assistance with the activities of everyday living to seniors, the disabled, those recovering from surgery and to those who are simply frail. Our services include such simple tasks as light housekeeping, meal preparation, errands and shopping to more personal tasks such as hygiene assistance, bathing, dressing and grooming.
 
Visiting Angels' in-home care helps make it possible for seniors and adults with special needs to continue to live at home and maintain the independence of their daily routines and familiar surroundings, for as long as they can do so safely. We truly understand how challenging and alien the entire home care selection process can be...and we are experienced in working with families; with loved ones "resistant" to receiving care; and with third-parties payors (such as insurance companies and the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs) to help insure that the best interests of the family and their loved ones are met. Visiting Angels' services help families spend more mutually-rewarding and meaningful time with their loved ones and also helps provide comfort and peace of mind to those who face the challenge of long-distance caregiving.
 
For more information, please call us at 609-883-8188, visit our website OurVisitingAngels.com or contact us by email at info@ourvisitingangels.com .

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