Realistic Tips and Ideas for Caregivers
July 2016
 The Care Connection at Shepherd's Center Central promotes and supports the advancement of skills, good health, and resilience of caregivers for older adults.
Shepherd's Center Central is a not-for-profit community-based organization that empowers mid-life and older adults to live healthy, engaged and independent lives.   816-444-1122
Independent Living for Seniors
8 Steps to Help Seniors Age in Place
By Nell Bernstein, senior editor
Assess the situation for independent living
The great majority of older adults say they'd prefer to live out their days in their own home. The likelihood of making independent living work is much greater, though, if everyone involved does some conscious planning -- the earlier the better. These eight steps will set you on your way.

Taking Care of You

Got a Spare 15 Minutes? A Little Exercise May Boost Life Span

TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Just 15 minutes of exercise a day may lower older adults' risk of early death by one-fifth, a new study suggests.

"Fifteen minutes a day could be a reasonable target for older adults. Small increases in physical activity may enable some older adults to incorporate more moderate activity and get closer to the recommended 150 minutes per week," 

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This Month's Tip

10 Activities for Seniors with Dementia

As the number of patients suffering with dementia continues to grow, family caregivers and memory care facilities still struggle with figuring out the best way to properly care for dementia patients while also providing them with the means to enjoy their days.

The more challenging the work of caregiving gets, the easier it becomes to forget to give time to activities that improve quality of life. And staying active can slow down the mental decline of dementia. So these activities can not only improve a dementia patient's day, but also help them maintain more of their memory and mental capacity for longer.

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Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad

Prep time
5 mins
Serves: 4
  • 16 oz of Strawberries, washed and cut in half
  • 1 pint of blue berries, rinsed
  • 3 bananas sliced in thick chunks
  • ⅛ cup of honey
  • 1 fresh lime
1.    Wash and cut all your fruit.
2.    Combine in a bowl.
3.    In a small bowl whisk together the honey and freshly squeezed lime juice.
4.    Here is a hint - microwave your lime for 10 seconds before you cut and squeeze it. You will get more out of it after it was warmed up.
5.    Drizzle the honey lime glaze over the fruit and stir slightly to coat.
6.    Serve immediately or refrigerate.

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Remember...The Care Connection at Shepherd's Center Central is here to help anyone who is concerned about an aging parent, loved one, neighbor, or friend who needs referrals to resources, care planning, practical advice, guidance in balancing work and family, or stress relief. 
The Kansas City Caregiver Support Line provides resources and referrals for caregivers of older adults. Call 816-444-1122
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Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Events

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Elder Justice+Cognitive Changes with Aging
Location: MidAmerican Credit Union, Downtown Topeka
AM -Elder Justice - Advocacy Challenges When Working with Seniors who are Isolated and Institutionalized (3 ethics) PM - The Cognitive and Psychological Changes Associated with Aging
Speaker: Sally King, MSW, LCSW, LSCSW, RYT 200
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
The 3 Ds: Dementia, Depression & Delirium KC Metro Educational Event
9:00am - 5:00pm
Villa Ventura, 12100 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64145
Cognitive and functional decline are not inevitable or a normal part of the aging process. The three primary causes of cognitive and functional decline in older people are frequently overlooked, misdiagnosed, or thought of as "normal." This dynamic workshop will thoroughly explore the "3 Ds" associated with geriatric cognitive and functional decline: Dementia, Depression and Delirium. Each condition will be examined for etiology, intervention and management to improve quality and quantity of Life. This course will meet the DSM-V criteria for diagnosis of each condition, but will be filled with information useful to both professional and family caregivers alike.
COST: $99 Full Rate/$49 if on Comfort Keepers Email List. 

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To make a bequest to SCC, simply include these words in your will:
"I give to Shepherd Center of Kansas City Central, a
non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, located in Kansas City,
MO, __% of my estate for general purposes."

To create a residual charitable bequest, use these words:
"All the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both
real and personal, I give to Shepherd Center of Kansas
City Central, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, located
in Kansas City, MO, for its general purposes." 

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