The Caring Connection Newsletter 10-12/2020

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2020 Calendar:

October

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day Oct 10

Health Literacy Month

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Physical Therapy Month

November

Ntnl Childs’ Day Nov 20

World COPD Day Nov 21

National Family Caregivers Month

American Diabetes Month

National Alzheimer’s disease Awareness Month

December

World AIDS Day Dec 1

International Volunteer Day Dec 5

 

https://www.cdc.gov/https://www.helpguide.org/articles/anxiety/coronavirus-anxiety.htm https://www.happilyfamily.com/being-present-in-tough-times/

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cold germTips for Preventing a Cold Colds are viral, not bacterial infections of the upper respiratory tract. Symptoms can include:  a scratchy, sore throat  sneezing  nasal discharge, which is watery at first, then thick  tiredness  low grade fever <100°F  an overall sick feeling. Colds are highly contagious. They are spread through touching contaminated surfaces, coughing and sneezing. Some people are more prone to colds than others. A child in preschool may “catch” as many as four to eight colds per year. Generally, there is an increased frequency of colds during fall and winter months because of closer, indoor contact with other people. Cause of Colds Over 200 different viruses can cause a cold. Some of the common viruses include: rhinovirus, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), corona virus, para-influenza and influenza. Course of a Cold A cold usually runs its course without complications in seven to ten days. If you have cold symptoms lasting longer than two weeks, report this to your health care provider. Also, report symptoms if nasal discharge is yellow or green after 10 days or has an odor. This may mean you have a sinus infection, and could require antibiotics. Treatment Because there is no cure for the common cold, treatment is aimed at relieving symptoms.  Get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids.  Nasal washes with a saline solution may be helpful for nasal congestion.  Oral (tablet or syrup) decongestants may also relieve nasal symptoms.  Aspirin is not recommended for children under 18 and for people with asthma. Ask your health care provider about taking acetaminophen (Tylenol®) for relieving pain and fever.  Antibiotics and vitamin C are not helpful in relieving symptoms of the common cold. Using antibiotics to treat common colds is one of the reasons that common antibiotics are no longer beneficial when they are necessary. Prevention There are a number of ways to prevent the spread of colds including:  Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissues in the trash after you use them.  Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. In fact, good hand washing may be the single most effective way to reduce the spread of infections! Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.  Try to avoid close contact with sick people.  Stay home if you are sick. This is to keep from infecting others and spreading the virus further.  This information has been approved by Ann Mullen, AE-C, CNS, MSN, RN (October 2015).

Healthy Sleep Habits You Can Try Right Now

If you feel groggy during the day or find yourself falling asleep — or if you feel irritable, experience memory problems, or a decrease in your attention span — you may not be getting enough sleep or, specifically, enough deep sleep, according to Rajkumar Dasgupta, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.  To get to the root of the problem, talk to your doctor or consult a sleep expert, and consider trying the following:

  • Have a set bedtime and a set wake time, and try to avoid staying up late and sleeping in on weekends, suggests Dasgupta. Staying up on weekends makes it difficult to go to sleep early on Sunday night, which then leads to fatigue the next day.
  • Try to avoid alcohol close to bedtime. It may do a good job of knocking you out in the short term, but it interferes with deep sleep, says Dasgupta.
  • Turn off the TV, your cellphone, and any other electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime. Unplugging an hour or more before your head hits the pillow is even better. The gadgets that we all surround ourselves with are robbing us of sleep in various ways. The light from screens messes with your body’s production of melatonin, which is the hormone that regulates your sleep-wake cycle. And engaging with tech devices, even if just to answer a couple of emails or watch a TV show, is more energizing than relaxing, and leads to cognitive arousal.
  • Do something nonstimulating shortly before bedtime, like reading a book (preferably one that’s not electronic) or taking a warm bath.
  • Don’t eat too close to bedtime, to avoid heartburn. Try to keep at least four hours between dinnertime and bedtime. And of course avoid having caffeine, including hidden sources of caffeine, like chocolate, before bed.
  • Optimize your bedroom for peaceful sleep. Make sure the room isn’t too hot, and dim the lights. Keep work out of the bedroom so that it becomes a place where you only relax and rest.

The Importance of Senior Fitness

Today’s seniors are more vital than ever before. And good exercise is just as important for them as it is for people in any other age group. In fact, a 2013 study found that senior exercise programs helped improve the overall quality of life for those who regularly participated in them. Exercise was actually found to be more important than a healthy diet. Specifically, the study found that seniors who exercised regularly were more likely to have.

  • Improved physical and mental health
  • Increased energy
  • Improved social interactions
  • Slowing or reversal of overall declining health
  • Fewer limitations with daily activities
  • Lower risk of depression
  • Fewer falls and injuries
  • Lower rates of hospitalization
  • Lower rates of chronic disease (or more manageable symptoms for those who are already affected by it)

So, as you can see, there are many great benefits to beginning a regular workout routine.

 

 

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2020 Calendar:

July

Independence Day July 4

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

UV Safety Month

August

National Psoriasis Awareness Month

National Immunization Awareness Month

September

Labor Day September 7th

World Alzheimer’s Month & World Alzheimer’s Day September 21st

Grandparents’ Day September 13th

Healthy Aging Month

 

    The Caring Connection

 

       Edition 3, Volume 3

July – September 2020

 

Centers for Disease Control and Protection: Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

Steps to reduce risk of getting sick

There are things you can do to reduce your risk of getting sick.

  • Stay home if possible.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others (stay 6 feet away, which is about two arm lengths).
  • Keep away from people who are sick.
  • Stock up on supplies.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched services.
  • Avoid all cruise traveland non-essential air travel.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
    • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Call your healthcare professional if you have concerns about COVID-19 and your underlying condition or if you are sick.

Know how it spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing

Monitor Your Health

  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
    • Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
  • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

Stress & coping

You may feel increased stress during this pandemic. Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions.

Symptoms

Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Watch for fever, cough, and shortness of breath.  Watch for symptoms.

Develop a care plan

A care plan summarizes your health conditions, medications, healthcare providers, emergency contacts, and end-of-life care options (for example, advance directives). Complete your care plan in consultation with your doctor, and if needed, with help from a family member or home nurse aide.

A care plan can have benefits beyond the current pandemic. You can update your care plan every year, or any time you have a change in your health or medications. Care plans can help reduce emergency room visits and hospitalizations, and improve overall medical management for people with a chronic health condition, resulting in better quality of life.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, having a care plan is an important part of emergency preparedness.

Senior living facilities

People with loved ones in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other types of senior living facilities may be understandably concerned about their loved one’s risk of illness from COVID-19.

To protect these vulnerable friends and family members, CDC has advised that long-term care facilities

  • Restrict visitors
  • Regularly check healthcare workers and residents for fevers and symptoms
  • Limit activities within the facility to keep residents safe

Older adults are at higher risk

8 out of 10 deaths reported in the U.S. have been in adults 65 years old and older.

https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html

https://www.cdc.gov/aging/caregiving/index.htm

https://www.cdc.gov/

https://www.cdc.gov/aging/pdf/cib_mental_health.pdf

 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/older-adults.html

 

https://www.cdc.gov/

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Garden Therapy for Both Seniors & Caregivers

If you’re a caregiver, there’s an informative study in the resource section below which looks at the evidence to support the use of therapeutic gardens for the elderly and the benefits of gardening as therapy for seniors, and those with dementia.

This literature review presents the data supporting future studies of the effects of natural settings for the long term care and rehabilitation of the elderly having the medical and mental health problems frequently occurring with aging.

Here are just some of the therapeutic benefits for seniors and gardening in this review, or even simply living in a nature immersed environment: (Caregivers, these are benefits for us as well!)

  • improves memory, attention, sense of responsibility and social interaction
  • reduces stress and increases feelings of calm and relaxation
  • fosters a sense of accomplishment
  • improves self-esteem
  • improves sense of independence
  • promotes movement and cardiovascular exercise
  • provides involvement of the senses and tactile sensations
  • provides fresh air and sunshine, a daily dose of Vitamin D
  • provides a soothing and peaceful place to sit and walk and enjoy either solitude or social interaction
  • improves mood and quality of life
  • can reduce the perception of pain
  • reduces fatigue and anxiety
  • promotes healing and healthy immune system
  • reduces tension, agitation and disruptive behaviors in the dementia patient
  • the number of falls decreased with high garden users, as well as decreased the need for high dose anti-psychotic medications

For those with dementia, it’s critical that any garden the patient is exposed to consist completely of non-toxic, edible plants, and all garden paths must circle back to the entrance so the patient cannot get lost or wander off.

It is wonderfully therapeutic for those seniors who still enjoy gardening to ideally have wheel chair access to raised garden beds where they can continue to garden with minimal help.

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How to help seniors and loved ones cope with stress over COVID-19 Coronavirus.

March 16th, 2020 | COVID-19 Helpful Information

Now that the World Health Organization has classified the new coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak as a pandemic (worldwide exposure), rumors and panicky misinterpretation of the facts tend to intensify. When these reach the ears of older adults, the reaction can be exaggerated. Especially for seniors with cognitive decline or dementia, a state of quarantine or “social distancing” can aggravate anxiety, anger, distress and isolation. You can help your older loved one cope with the stress and see this through if you, your family and friends follow a few simple pieces of advice.

 

Keep the news updates to a minimum. Avoid the steady diet of media that would make any usually calm person anxious or fearful. Check reliable news sources once or twice a day. Then, take comfort in the fact that now you know about the hazards of the disease and you’re doing all you can to protect your loved ones and yourself.

Get the facts. Look to established health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO) website, from which the advice in this article was drawn. Visiting two or three of these comprehensive and credible sources will answer all of your questions and confirm that you’re getting the right information.

 

Keep it simple and clear. When you share facts about what’s going on and how to reduce the risk of infection, use words that older people with or without cognitive impairment can understand. “There’s a virus going around. We’re being extra careful.” It’s respectful, truthful, and would be a good introduction to any practice you have to explain, such as more frequent handwashing and housecleaning, and explaining why group activities have been “postponed” (rather than “cancelled”). When you find a newspaper or online article with pictures that does a good job of explaining, save it. This can be calming and informative at the same time.

 

Watch your language. The words “epidemic” and “pandemic” are accurate, but to the fearful, highly sensational. Keep it personal. What’s going on inside your house is not an epidemic. “We’re staying inside because there’s a lot of it going around.” Enough said. Don’t refer to people with the disease as “cases” or “victims.” They’re “people who have COVID-19” or “people recovering from this coronavirus.”

 

Stay calm, protect yourself and help other people. First, be a good role model for others, regardless of their age. If you project an attitude of calm, rational caution, this will restore your own sense of control and ease the anxiety of those around you. Don’t pretend that COVID-19 is not serious, just say that your chances of exposure are at a minimum when you follow precautions.

 

Repeat positive stories to counteract the rumor mill. Well-meaning friends are easy to listen to and are often “full of facts” that don’t portray the actual situation and can encourage dangerous behavior. There are plenty of stories of people like your loved one who have recovered from a coronavirus encounter. They testify to the validity of trusting the health authorities and relying on the support of loved ones.

 

Engage family and friends to inform and help them practice prevention. Encourage peers, especially knowledgable older adults and retired medical professionals, to volunteer in neighbor-checking and providing childcare for medical personnel restricted to facilities fighting COVID-19. Build a sense of community and a network of outreach. It’s rewarding and effective.

 

Residents of senior living communities should be comforted by the fact that they’re surrounded by health care professionals and that cleanliness and the best practices in maintaining sanitary conditions are already routine throughout their environment.

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Caring Companions                 3207 Corporate Court         Ellicott City, MD 21042          (410) 750-7350 A Resource Guide for Your Loved Ones & Those Who Provide Care. Edition 3, Volume 2

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     Edition 2, Volume 4

October – December 2019

 

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2019 Calendar:

October

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day Oct 12

Health Literacy Month

National Childs’ Day October 7

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Physical Therapy Month

November

World COPD Day November 20

National Family Caregivers Month

American Diabetes Month

National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

December

World AIDS Day December 1, 2019

International Volunteer Day December 5, 2019

 

“Be determined to handle any challenge in a way that will make you grow.”

— Les Brown

Keeping The Brain Healthy: What You Can Do

The Alzheimer’s Association reports that the prevention of the disease and other dementia disorders continues to fuel great interest in research.

So far, no clear answers exist as to how to prevent dementia, but there is promising research ongoing that explores the role of diet, exercise, mental stimulation, social factors, and other considerations.

Although you can’t reverse the process of aging, there are ways to keep your brain young. Nowadays, most people don’t take enough care of their mental health, nor their physical health (which is connected to brain issues), which is why cognitive decline is so widespread.

In order to protect yourself, you’ll need to do everything you can in order to keep your brain healthy. Here are some of the best ways to do just that.

Mental Stimulation

Engaging in activities that will stimulate your brain is a great way to remain mentally sharp. Some of the best activities for mental stimulation include reading, learning a new skill or language, solving math problems, or even doing word puzzles.

Physical Exercise

Exercising regularly will help slow down brain shrinkage that happens as you age. It will also help you maintain certain cognitive activities and spur the development of new nerve cells. Not to mention that exercise will also lower you blood pressure. High blood pressure is especially dangerous because it can damage the arteries known for supplying blood to the brain.

Eat Healthy

Eating healthy can greatly improve both your physical and mental health. Knowing what to eat will definitely have an impact on your wellbeing. In fact, there are certain types of foods known for improving your brain health. These foods include wild salmon, dark chocolate, blueberries, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and avocados.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

There is some scientific evidence, though not completely conclusive that DHA found in Omega-3 fatty acids may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia by reducing beta-amyloid plaques.

Omega-3 DHA is found in

  • Fatty fish, including tuna, salmon, trout, mackerel, sardines and seaweed
  • Fish oil supplements can also be used

Heart Health

Several conditions that increase risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including, diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure also increase risk factors for Alzheimer’s. Autopsy based studies have shown that an astounding 80% of people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease are also afflicted with heart disease. Therefore, we can suppose that taking care of our heart can also reduce risks for Alzheimer’s.

Socialize

Even if you’re an introvert, you still need to socialize with someone in order to keep your brain healthy. Having an active social life will help you reduce the risk of developing different types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

www.wellspouse.org

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https://www.caregiving.org/resources/

https://www.goodmorningquote.com/positive-thoughts/

Power of Age Expo – October 30, 2019 Guests will find keys to Living Connected at the Power of Age Expo, formerly Senior Expo, on October 30 at the Timonium Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. through 300 exhibitors, interactive feature areas, continuous entertainment, engaging activities with BCDA senior centers, art show contests and more. Admission is a donation or two non-perishable food items. Thanks to GBMC, all guests will receive a free gift. For more information, call 410-887-2594 or go to www.powerofageexpo.com.

Saturday October19, 2019 10a-3p Howard Community College, Presented by the HoCo Office on Aging & Independence. Announcing a new take on the 50+ Expo for 2019. This is a conference style event with seminars, 62+ exhibitors, and entertainment. For more info call 410-313-6410 or email to aging@howardcountymd.gov

Monday October 28th 2019 at the Catonsville Senior Center. Register & pay in advance inside the office. $15.00 for AARP members & $20.00 for non-AARP members. Checks made payable to AARP or money orders only. Check with your insurance company to see if they will give you a discount on your Car Insurance if you take this course. Call (410) 887-0900 for more info.

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Memory Care Checklist

 

When you are considering a memory care community for a parent or loved one, you should try to make sure that the care that’s provided is closely aligned with your parent’s needs. You should find the answers to these questions before you make a final decision about memory care:

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF ABOUT YOUR LOVED ONE’S NEEDS

  1. What is your loved one’s level of mobility? Does she walk independently or require walker or wheelchair?
  2. Does your loved one show aggression or other behavior issues?
  3. Does your loved one wander or seek exits?
  4. Does your loved one need help eating?
  5. Does your loved one need help toileting or experience incontinence?
  6. Does your loved one require diabetic care?
  7. Does your loved one need 24/7 supervision?
  8. Does your loved one need any ongoing medical attention or treatments? (for example, dialysis or colostomy care)

DOWNLOAD THE MEMORY CARE CHECKLIST

QUESTIONS TO ASK THE COMMUNITY

SAFETY AND STAFFING

  • How is the community secured? Secure buildings? Secure grounds?
  • What type of training does the staff have?
  • How many hours of training does the staff receive?
  • What is the staffing ratio during the day? (number of residents per caregiver)
  • What is the staffing ratio at night?
  • Does each resident have an individual care plan?
  • Is a nurse on duty 24 hours per day? If not, how many hours is a nurse on duty, and what are those hours?
  • Is there a visiting physician?
  • What medical services are available?
  • Can you care for wheelchair bound or bedridden residents?
  • Are you able to care for residents who are physically aggressive or who exhibit disruptive behaviors?
  • Can outside (visiting) care be arranged? If so, who coordinates that care?

COMMUNITY POLICIES

  • Do they provide a thorough assessment before admission?
  • What types of care are they not able to provide? How do they transition residents from memory care to skilled nursing?
  • How often do they update families about resident well-being?
  • What is the policy for handling a medical emergency?
  • How does the fee structure work? Is there one flat fee, or separate fees for housing and care?
  • What is the discharge policy?

MEMORY CARE FEATURES & TREATMENTS

  • What are the living arrangements? Memory care cottages? Neighborhood style?
  • Do they have a special memory care dining program?
  • Do they have walking paths or circular walking paths for residents?
  • Do they group residents by cognitive level?
  • Do they offer pet therapy?
  • Music therapy?
  • Reminiscence therapy?
  • Parkinson’s care?
  • Vascular dementia care?
  • Snoozelen rooms? Or other light treatment?
  • Do they have an assisted living to Alzheimer’s care bridge program for early stage patients?

YOUR GUT CHECK

  • Does the staff appear to be knowledgeable and caring?
  • Do residents have free access to outdoor areas?
  • Is the community easy to navigate?
  • Does their philosophy of care resonate with you?

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2019 Calendar:

April

National Walking Day Apr 3

National Public Health Week April 1-7

Parkinson’s Awareness Month

May

National Women’s Checkup Day May 13

Healthy Vision Month

Better Hearing & Speech Month

Arthritis Awareness Month

June

National Safety Month

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day June 15

National Cancer Survivors Day June 2

 

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       Edition 2, Volume 2

April – June 2019

 

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the things which you think you cannot do.”

— Eleanor Roosevelt

Grief Recovery

http://aging.maryland.gov/accesspoint/Pages/grief-recovery.aspx

Grief is normal and natural after the loss of a loved one. The only ‘cure’ for grief is grieving. It can’t be ignored, repressed, or dismissed without lasting consequences. But there are a range of programs, tools and resources to help you cope and live with your loss.

Grief recovery is simply the process of dealing with loss:

  • Shock, confusion, depression, guilt, lack of appetite and sleep disorders is just some of the common expressions of grief.
  • Fortunately, there are support groups, chat rooms, videos and books, and professional counselors that can help you through this painful process.
  • This process is different for everyone, and it lasts longer for some than others. Grief takes its own path.

Caregivers often experience the most profound grief. The stress of caring for a loved one does not negate the reward in caregiving. When that loved one is no longer there, it represents a unique loss. It is sometimes the loss of the former life for the caregiver, the end of an era.

There are five stages of grief. It can be helpful to understand that you may feel any or all of these things during your grieving process.

  • Denial: “This can’t be happening to me.”
  • Anger: “Why is this happening? Who is to blame?”
  • Bargaining: “Make this not happen, and in return I will ____.”
  • Depression: “I’m too sad to do anything.”
  • Acceptance: “I’m at peace with what happened.”
  • Grief is not depression, grief is grief. Distinguishing between grief and depression isn’t always easy. They share many symptoms, but there are ways to tell the difference.
  • Grief can feel like being on a roller coaster. It involves varying emotions and you will have good and bad days.
  • Even when you are in the grieving process, you will have happy moments.
  • With depression, the feelings of emptiness and despair are constant. If you feel like you need help, get it. Talk to a counselor or therapist.

Grief Recovery Tips

  • Schedule regular appointments to see friends for lunch, dinner or coffee.
  • Go to the movies, you are less likely to become isolated if you make plans.
  • Walk, exercise does wonders to make you feel better. Also, consider yoga or other exercise.
  • Write about how you are feeling, and about the moments you shared with your loved one. Journaling is very helpful, and there is no need to share these personal thoughts. They belong to you.
  • Laugh, read a funny book or watch a movie, even your favorite ones that you have read and seen before. It is okay to laugh. You have to keep living.

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Spring Egg Hunt

Friday, April 19th at the Arbutus Senior Center

(855 Sulphur Spring Rd, Arbutus, MD 21227)

Must RSVP w/ # kids attending

(410) 887-1410

www.ncea.aoa.gov/

www.pdf.org/caregiving_fam_issues

www.respitelocator.org

www.ecarediary.com

www.caregiverstress.com

www.caregivingcafe.com

 

 

Tips for Eczema

Reviewed by Deborah A. Fending, RN (October 01, 2016)

Always follow your doctor’s recommendations and use these tips to keep your skin hydrated and reduce the effects of weather change on your skin.

  1. Take a warm bath daily (or shower if eczema is mild).
  2. Use a gentle cleanser if needed.
  3. Use moisturizer or medicine within three minutes of getting out of the tub or shower.
  4. Use sunscreen for outdoor activities.
  5. Keep fingernails short.
  6. Avoid scratching, apply moisturizer when itchy.
  7. Wear soft fabrics such as cotton or cotton blends, and avoid wool and acrylic.
  8. Use dye- and fragrance-free laundry products.
  9. Identify and manage triggers.
  10. Wash new clothes before wearing.

POWERFUL TOOLS for CAREGIVERS

$30 May 1 – June 5 (from 6pm-7:30pm)

Office on Aging & Independence

Kathy Wehr 410-313-5955

kwehr@howardcountymd.gov

Our goal is to improve the lives of caregivers and their care recipients thru outreach, conversation, training & resources.

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FAMILY CAREGIVERS ANNUAL MINI-CONFERENCE Baltimore County Department of Aging “Strategies for Successful Caregiving: Overcoming Barriers in Caring For Those with Dementia or Mental Health Illnesses” for relatives caring for older loved ones Saturday, April 6, 2019 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. BYKOTA Senior Center First floor Gymnasium 611 Central Avenue, Towson 21204 Open seating. Free admission. Refreshments sponsored by AARP Maryland. No registration needed, plenty of seats

 

 

DRIVER SAFETY COURSE at the Catonsville Senior Center (501 N Rolling Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228) Register and pay in adv inside office. $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Checks or money orders only, payable to AARP. April 15, June 24, August 26, October 28 Check with your insurance company to see if they will give you a discount on your insurance if you take this course.

LIVING WELL: Take Charge of Your Health!

Elkridge 50+ Center

6540 Washington Blvd, 21075

(410) 313-3506

April 4, 11, 18, 25 & May 2

10am – 12:30pm

If you are living with one or more chronic health conditions, this evidence-based, self-management program has been created for YOU! This interactive, supportive approach can help participants experience positive health outcomes & improve            quality of life.

START LIVING WELL TODAY!

 

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In the News: One-Third of Nursing Homes Lack Basic Fire Protection 
How safe are the nation’s nursing homes from fire? A recent survey by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that nearly one-third of the nation’s 16,300 nursing homes do not have automatic sprinklers to fight a fire. Many do not even have smoke detectors.

Congress ordered the GAO study after nursing home fires killed 31 people last year in Connecticut and Tennessee. The study concluded that the federal government had not done enough to make homes safe for elderly residents.

As a result, Medicare officials are rewriting safety standards for nursing homes, requiring all resident rooms to be equipped with smoke detectors and facilities to install sprinkler systems. The rules should take effect over the next few years.

The rule of thumb has been that newer homes have sprinklers and smoke detectors, but older ones without sprinkler systems haven’t even been required to install smoke detectors.

For now, caregivers are advised to check out this important detail when they research nursing homes for family.

 

Fast facts on arthritis

Here are some key points about arthritis.

  • Arthritis refers to around 200 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints, including lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • It can cause a range of symptomsand impair a person’s ability to perform everyday tasks.
  • Physical activity has a positive effect on arthritis and can improve pain, function, and mental health.
  • Factors in the development of arthritis include injury, abnormal metabolism, genetic makeup, infections, and immune system dysfunction.
  • Treatment aims to control pain, minimize joint damage, and improve or maintain quality of life. It involves medications, physical therapies, and patient education and support.

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Popular New Year’s Resolutions

Reduce Stress

“Stress is a reaction to changes in life. Changes do happen, so when they occur be ready with your best coping strategies. Deep breathing, relaxation, physical activity, meditation, and music are all strategies that can help you reduce stress.”
– Amy Lukowski, PsyD

 

Diet

“Treat the 1st of every month like the 1st of every year. That way if you’ve fallen off your diet during January, February 1st is a new opportunity to get back to it.”
– Carrie Gleeksman, MS, RD, Clinical Dietician

 

Exercise

“Start gradual with small goals and slowly build up to your long term goals. Don’t expect to be able to run a marathon the first time you go out.”
– Josh Fruchtman, PT

 

Quit Smoking

“Smoking is a very orally fixated habit. One tip many have not heard of is the “Straw Method.” Find a straw that has the width of a cigarette, cut the straw down to the size of a cigarette, stuff the straw with cotton-this acts as a filter. Puff on that instead.”
– Robert Shaw, Colorado Quitline Counselor

 

https://www.alz.org/care/alzheimers-dementia-support-groups.asp

https://www.cancer.org/latest-news/save-money-on-prescription-medicines.html

 

http://pdhca.org/

https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/health/info-2018/caregiver-self-neglect-fd.html

https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Caregiver

 

Helping People with Alzheimer’s Disease Stay Physically Active

From the National Institute on Aging at NIH

Regular physical activity has many benefits for people with Alzheimer’s disease. Exercise helps keep muscles, joints, and the heart in good shape. It also helps people stay at a healthy weight and can improve sleep.

Caregivers can help people with Alzheimer’s disease be more active and stay safe:

  • Be realistic about how much activity can be done at one time. Several 10-minute “mini-workouts” may be best.
  • Help get the activity started or join in to make the  activity more fun.
  • Find time in the morning for exercise.
  • Break exercises into simple, easy-to-follow steps.
  • Choose comfortable clothesthat are suitable for the weather and appropriate shoes that fit well.
  • Make sure both you and the person with Alzheimer’s drink plenty of waterwhen exercising.

Some physical activities to try:

  • Take a walk together.
  • Do simple tasks around the house, such as sweeping and raking.
  • Work in the garden.
  • Play music and dance.
  • Exercise with videos made for older people. Try the sample workout on NIA’s free Go4LifeDVD.
  • Throw a soft rubber exercise ball back and forth.
  • Lift weights or household items such as soup cans.
  • Use resistance bands, which you can buy in sporting goods stores. Be sure to follow the instructions.

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Future Driver Safety Course

Catonsville Senior Center

(410) 887-0900

January 28, 2019 9am-1pm

Register and pay in advance inside the office. $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-AARP members.

FREE TAX PREPARATION SERVICES AVAILABLE!

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program is the nation’s largest, volunteer-run tax preparation program to assist eligible taxpaers in electronically filing their taxes by providing free tax return preparation and filing. The service is aimed at low to moderate income taxpayers with special attention to those 50+ Senior Centers & Tax Aide locations across Baltimore City & Baltimore County will be hosting Tax-Aide beginning in Early February 2019. Appointments will be available on a first come-first serve basis & can be made beginning January 2, 2019. For more info, go to https:www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/aging/financial/taxaide.html/

CONNECTIONS SOCIAL DAY PROGRAM at

ELLICOTT CITY 50+ CENTER

This program is located within the main bldg of the Ellicott City 50+ Center. This is a supervised 4hr licensed program that promotes a balance of well-being, self-reliance, socialization, and independence of adults who may require some assistance with daily activities. This program features: seated exercise, musical entertainment, arts, stories, memory enhancement, educational programs and more! For more info, call Felicia Stein at 410-313-1425.

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THE CARING CONNECTION 10/18 – 12/18

2018 Calendar:

October

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day October 13, 2018

Health Literacy Month

National Healthcare Quality Week October 21 – 27, 2018

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Physical Therapy Month

November

World COPD Day November 14, 2018

National Family Caregivers Month

American Diabetes Month

National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

December

World AIDS Day December 1, 2018

International Volunteer Day December 5, 2018

 

 

Tips for Caregivers to Stay Well & Avoid Burnout under Stressful Conditions

    The Caring Connection

 

       Edition 1, Volume 4

October – December 2018

 

  1. Sleep as much as you can, take a 15-30 minute cat-nap during the day if possible.
  2. Take vitamins and supplements to boost your immune system. Vitamins C & D daily, along with a quality probiotic are a good start. There are lots of things you can take to boost your immune system. Figure out what works for you. Cut down on sugar especially when you feel run down.
  3. Reschedule what you can and re-figure your priorities. Do only what is absolutely necessary for that day. Let the rest go until you are more rested.
  4. Get fresh air and exercise. Even sitting out in the sun to read for 20 minutes, or doing 5 minutes of stretching exercise, can give you that extra boost of energy to get through the day. These work together to release much of the tension that accumulates from the constant up and down and lifting, and helping others with their self-care.
  5. Know your limits and get more help. Meet a friend for a cup of coffee, enjoy some peace and quiet at the library, go for a walk on the beach or at the park. Take a nap. Breathe fresh air and get some sun. Get a massage and release the stress. Practice EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). Your mind and body will thank you for it. Those you care for will appreciate your added patience and peacefulness.
  6. Release the frustrations, stress, problems, the grief and sadness.Talk with a trusted friend, pray, journal, go to a support group. Rest up as much as possible and find some small pleasures to take your mind off the stressful things – such as a good book, watching a favorite show, picking up that crochet project you started months ago. Focus on your blessings, not on everything going wrong.
 

POWERFUL TOOLS FOR CAREGIVERS:

A dynamic, evidence-based program for Caregivers

 

October 11 – November 15

5:30pm-7pm

$30 fee covers all materials

For more info or to register:

Kathy Wehr

410-313-5955

The Howard County Office on Aging and Independence and the Caregiver Support Program is excited to introduce Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC).

The 6-week series of 90 minute classes offers caregivers opportunities to explore a variety of self-care tools in a supportive environment, designed to help you:

  • Reduce personal stress
  • change negative self-talk
  • communicate more effectively in challenging situations
  • Manage your emotions
  • Make tough caregiving decisions

Reimagine Aging

Discover the Power of Age Expo, formerly the Baby Boomer and Senior Expo, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.

Wednesday, October 3, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, October 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Baltimore County Department of Aging’s two-day extravaganza showcases the latest in information, resources, products and services to approximately 11,000 attendees. This is the largest event of its type in the Mid-Atlantic region to help discover the path to reimagine aging. All proceeds from the Power of Age Expo support the seniors in Need Program.

Join us as the Baltimore County Department of Aging celebrates 31 years of the expo! For more info, call 410-887-2594.

 

 

Future Driver Safety Courses at the Catonsville Senior Center,

501 N. Rolling Road, Catonsville 21228

(410-887-0900)

 

October 15 & December 3

9a – 1p

Register and pay in advance inside the office. $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-AARP members. Checks only. Make check payable to AARP. Check with your insurance company about possible discounts you could receive by taking this course.

 

http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/LifeAfterStroke/Life-After-Stroke_UCM_308546_SubHomePage.jsp

https://www.n4a.org/adrcs

https://www.n4a.org/healthyaging

 

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Professional/Professional_UCM_001093_SubHomePage.jsp

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Support/Support_UCM_001103_SubHomePage.jsp

https://www.caregiver.org/national-center-caregiving

 

 

Do YOU know what living with dementia is really like?

Take a walk in their shoes with the Virtual Dementia Tour.

This workshop which offers a hands-on experience that simulates dementia, and includes a debriefing and educational segment, has been created to offer assistance and practical tools to help those who care for someone with dementia. The Virtual Dementia Tour is a life-changing experience—a brief, yet powerful, journey—that will provide insight and empathy to help anyone understand the realities of life with this debilitating disease. The program is clinically proven, evidence-based, and a proven source of education resulting in better care for individuals.

LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE

Schedule YOUR personal Tour Today!

Tuesday, November 13

Ellicott City 50+ Center

9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City 21042

6pm-8pm

To register or more info:

EMILY LECLERCQ

410-313-5917

 

 

 

Traveling with Dementia

https://alz.org/care/alzheimers-dementia-and-traveling.asp

If a person has Alzheimer’s or other dementia, it doesn’t mean he or she can no longer participate in meaningful activities such as travel; but it does require planning to ensure safety and enjoyment for everyone.

Deciding to travel

Whether taking a short trip to see friends and family or traveling a far distance for vacation, it’s important to consider the difficulties and benefits of travel for a person with dementia. In the early stages of dementia, a person may still enjoy traveling. As the disease progresses, travel may become too overwhelming.

When you take into account the needs, abilities, safety and preferences of the person with dementia, what’s the best mode of travel? Consider the following:

  • Go with the option that provides the most comfort and the least anxiety.
  • Stick with the familiar. Travel to known destinations that involve as few changes in daily routine as possible. Try to visit places that were familiar before the onset of dementia.
  • Keep in mind that there may come a time when traveling is too disorienting or stressful for the person with dementia.

Tips for a safe trip

If you will be at a location for an extended period of time, consider contacting the local Alzheimer’s Association for resources and support.

  • Have a bag of essentials with you at all times that includes medications, your travel itinerary, a comfortable change of clothes, water, snacks and activities.
  • Pack necessary medications, up-to-date medical information, a list of emergency contacts and photocopies of important legal documents.
  • Create an itinerary that includes details about each destination. Give copies to emergency contacts at home. Keep a copy of your itinerary with you at all times.
  • If you will be staying in a hotel, inform the staff ahead of time of your specific needs so they can be prepared to assist you.
  • Travel during the time of day that is best for the person with dementia.

Documents to Take with You when Traveling

  • Doctors’ names and contact information
  • A list of current medications and dosages
  • Phone numbers and addresses of the local police and fire departments, hospitals and poison control
  • A list of food or drug allergies
  • Copies of legal papers (living will, advanced directives, power of attorney, etc.)
  • Names and contact information of friends and family members to call in case of an emergency
  • Insurance information (policy number, member name)

Air travel

Traveling in airports requires plenty of focus and attention. At times, the level of activity can be distracting, overwhelming or difficult to understand for someone with dementia. If you are traveling by plane, keep the following in mind:

  • Avoid scheduling flights that require tight connections. Ask about airport escort services that can help you get from place to place.
  • Even if walking is not difficult, consider requesting a wheelchair so that an attendant can help you get from place to place. Most airlines ask for at least 48 hours’ notice.
  • Contact the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at least 72 hours prior to travel for information about what to expect during the security screening. While at the airport, remind the person what is involved and consider telling the agent at the security checkpoint that the person has dementia.
  • Do not hesitate to ask for assistance from airport employees and in-flight crew.
  • If the person needs help using the restroom, look for companion care bathrooms so you can more easily assist and will not have to leave the person unattended.
  • Stay with the person at all times

 

July-September 2018 “The Caring Connection”

2018 Calendar:

July

Independence Day July 4

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

UV Safety Month

August

National Psoriasis Awareness Month

National Immunization Awareness Month

September

World Alzheimer’s Month & World Alzheimer’s Day September 21

Falls Prevention Awareness Day September 22

Grandparents’ Day September 9

Healthy Aging Month

 

    The Caring Connection

 

       Edition 1, Volume 3

July – September 2018

 

The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease is growing — and growing fast. An estimated 5.5 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease.

Of the estimated 5.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2017, an estimated 5.3 million are age 65 and older and approximately 200,000 individuals are under age 65 and have younger-onset Alzheimer’s.

  • One in 10 people age 65 and older (10 percent) has Alzheimer’s dementia.
  • Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women.
  • African-Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s or other dementias as older whites.
  • Hispanics are about one and one-half times as likely to have Alzheimer’s or other dementias as older whites.

Because of the increasing number of people age 65 and older in the United States, particularly the oldest-old, the number of new cases of Alzheimer’s and other dementias is projected to soar. Today, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s dementia every 66 seconds. By mid-century, someone in the United States will develop the disease every 33 seconds.

 

POWERFUL TOOLS FOR CAREGIVERS:

A dynamic, evidence-based program for Caregivers

September 11 – October 16 6pm-7:30pm

$30 fee covers all materials

For more info or to register:

Kathy Wehr

410-313-5955

The Howard County Office on Aging and Independence and the Caregiver Support Program is excited to introduce Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC).

The 6-week series of 90 minute classes offers caregivers opportunities to explore a variety of self-care tools in a supportive environment, designed to help you:

  • Reduce personal stress
  • change negative self-talk
  • communicate more effectively in challenging situations
  • Manage your emotions
  • Make tough caregiving decisions

How to apply sunscreen

Sunscreen is safe and can protect your skin against skin cancer and premature aging. However, it is not as effective unless it’s applied correctly. Follow these tips from dermatologists when applying sunscreen:

  1. Choose a sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher, is water resistant, and provides broad-spectrum coverage, which means it protects you from UVA and UVB rays. Follow these helpful tips when selecting a sunscreen.
  2. Apply sunscreen generously before going outdoors.It takes approximately 15 minutes for your skin to absorb the sunscreen and protect you. If you wait until you are in the sun to apply sunscreen, your skin is unprotected and can burn.
  3. Use enough sunscreen.Most adults need at least one ounce of sunscreen; about the amount you can hold in your palm, to fully cover all exposed areas of your body. Rub the sunscreen thoroughly into your skin.
  4. Apply sunscreen to all bare skin.Remember your neck, face, ears, tops of your feet and legs. For hard‐to‐reach areas like your back, ask someone to help you or use a spray sunscreen. If you have thinning hair, either apply sunscreen to your scalp or wear a wide‐brimmed hat. To protect your lips, apply a lip balm with a SPF of at least 15.
  5. Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours to remain protected, or immediately after swimming or excessively sweating.People who get sunburned usually didn’t use enough sunscreen, didn’t reapply it after being in the sun, or used an expired product. Your skin is exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays every time you go outside, even on cloudy days and in the winter. So whether you are on vacation or taking a brisk fall walk in your neighborhood, remember to use sunscreen. For more skin cancer prevention tips, see a board-certified dermatologist. https://www.aad.org/public/spot-skin-cancer/learn-about-skin-cancer/prevent/how-to-apply-sunscreen

 

http://www.caregiving.org/research/general-caregiving/

https://www.caregiver.org/fact-sheets

https://daringtolivefully.com/positive-attitude

 

https://www.alz.org/library/index.asp?type=alzFooter

https://www.acl.gov/

https://www.benefitscheckup.org/

 

September is World Alzheimer’s Month

World Alzheimer’s Month is the international campaign every September to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia. September 2018 will mark the 7th World Alzheimer’s Month. The campaign was launched in 2012: World Alzheimer’s Day is on 21 September each year.

2 out of every 3 people globally believe there is little or no understanding of dementia in their countries. The impact of World Alzheimer’s Month is growing, but the stigmatization and misinformation that surrounds dementia remains a global problem that requires global action.

Blood Pressure Screenings

Howard Co Ellicott City            50+ Center

9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City 21042

Tuesdays 9am – 12Noon

Understanding high blood pressure and knowing how to manage it is an important part of maintaining your health. Don’t pass up this opportunity to have your blood pressure checked to avoid serious health conditions. Marie Ball, RN.

Sponsored by Howard County General Hospital.

National Grandparents Day September 9, 2018

Many families in the United States observe National Grandparents Day on the first Sunday of September after Labor Day. This day honors grandparents.

What Do People Do?

Many people honor their grandparents through a range of activities such as gift-giving, card-giving, and for children to invite their grandparents to school for a day where they participate in special lessons or special assembly programs. Many school students take part in story-telling activities that relate to their grandparents, as well as art or poster competitions where children often use a story about their grandparents in their artwork.

About four million greeting cards are sent within the United States each year on National Grandparents Day. This day is also an opportunity for people to appreciate and express their love to their grandparents through kind actions such as making a phone call or inviting their grandparents for dinner.  People living in retirement villages or nursing homes may receive a visit from their grandchildren or loved ones on this day.

 

 

HEALTH FAIR

September 20, 2018 9am-1pm

Hosted by the Catonsville & Arbutus Senior Centers

At the Arbutus Recreation Center

865 Sulphur Spring Road, Arbutus MD 21227 (410) 887-6994

VENDORS

HEALTH SCREENINGS

CLASS DEMONSTRATIONS

FLU SHOTS

 

 

 

SUPPORT GROUP FOR CAREGIVERS OF THOSE WITH ALZHEIMERS OR OTHER RELATED DISEASES

Common Challenges and Coping Strategies: Support, Education, Discussion, Resources, Advice

Meetings are on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of every month in the Learning Center, on the Terrace Level at Millers Grant from 12:30pm – 2pm

 

All caregivers invited to attend-FREE

 

For more information or to make arrangements for care of your loved one, please contact Nora McCallie at 415-297-1030 or email at nmccallie@aol.com

Contact our office at    410-750-7350 or visit www.ADLMARYLAND.com to learn more about in-home care services.

 

 

Do YOU know what living with dementia is really like?

Take a walk in their shoes with the Virtual Dementia Tour.

This workshop which offers a hands-on experience that simulates dementia, and includes a debriefing and educational segment, has been created to offer assistance and practical tools to help those who care for someone with dementia. The Virtual Dementia Tour is a life-changing experience—a brief, yet powerful, journey—that will provide insight and empathy to help anyone understand the realities of life with this debilitating disease. The program is clinically proven, evidence-based, and a proven source of education resulting in better care for individuals.

LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE

Schedule YOUR personal Tour Today!

Wednesday, September 12

Tuesday, November 13

Ellicott City 50+ Center

9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City 21042

 

6pm-8pm

To register or more info:

EMILY LECLERCQ

410-313-5917

Future Driver Safety Courses Catonsville Senior Center                                   410-887-0900                                                     501 N. Rolling Road, Catonsville, MD 21228                   Aug. 27, Oct. 15, Dec. 3                  9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.                       Register and  pay in advance inside the office. $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for nonAARP members. Checks only. Make check payable to AARP. Check with your insurance company about possible discount        you could receive by taking this course!july 2018 caring connection newsletter

The Caring Connection Edition 1, Volume 2 April-June 2018

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Tips for Staying Healthy

A healthy lifestyle can help you thrive throughout your life. Making healthy choices isn’t always easy. It can be hard to find the time & energy to exercise regularly or prepare healthy meals. However, your efforts will pay off in many ways for the rest of your life.

Steps you can take:

  • Be physically active for 30 minutes most days of the week. Break this up into three 10-minute sessions when pressed for time. Healthy movement may include walking, sports, dancing, yoga, running or other activities you enjoy.
  • Eat a well-balanced, low-fat diet with lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Choose a diet that’s low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and moderate in sugar, salt and total fat.
  • Avoid injury by wearing seatbelts and bike helmets, using smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in the home, and using street smarts when walking alone. If you own a gun, recognize the dangers of having a gun in your home. Use safety precautions at all times.
  • Don’t smoke, or quit if you do. Ask your health care provider for help. UCSF’s Tobacco Education Centeroffers smoking cessation and relapse prevention classes as well as doctor consultations for smokers trying to quit.
  • Drink in moderation if you drink alcohol. Never drink before or while driving, or when pregnant.
  • Ask someone you trust for help if you think you might be addicted to drugs or alcohol.
  • Help prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS by using condoms every time you have sexual contact. Condoms aren’t 100 percent foolproof, so discuss STI screening with your provider. Birth control methods other than condoms, such as pills and implants, won’t protect you from STIs or HIV.
  • Brush your teeth after meals with a soft or medium bristled toothbrush. Also brush after drinking and before going to bed. Use dental floss daily.

Stay out of the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the sun’s harmful rays are strongest. You are not protected if it is cloudy or if you are in the water — harmful rays pass through both. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen that guards against both UVA and UVB rays, with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. Select sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of the sun’s rays.

Maintaining a Healthy Outlook

Women today have busy, demanding lives. You may feel pulled in different directions and experience stress from dealing with work, family and other matters, leaving little time for yourself. Learning to balance your life with some time for yourself will pay off with big benefits — a healthy outlook and better health. Steps you can take:

  • Stay in touch with family and friends.
  • Be involved in your community.
  • Maintain a positive attitude and do things that make you happy.
  • Keep your curiosity alive. Lifelong learning is beneficial to your health.
  • Healthy intimacy takes all forms but is always free of coercion.
  • Learn to recognize and manage stress in your life. Signs of stress include trouble sleeping, frequent headaches and stomach problems; being angry a lot; and turning to food, drugs and alcohol to relieve stress.
  • Good ways to deal with stress include regular exercise, healthy eating habits and relaxation exercises, such as deep breathing or meditation. Talking to trusted family members and friends can help a lot. Some women find that interacting with their faith community is helpful in times of stress.
  • Get enough sleep and rest. Adults need around eight hours of sleep a night.
  • Talk to your health care provider if you feel depressed for more than a few days; depression is a treatable illness. Signs of depression include feeling empty and sad, crying a lot, loss of interest in life, and thoughts of death or suicide. If you or someone you know has thoughts of suicide, get help right away. Call 911, a local crisis center or (800) SUICIDE.

Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or health care provider. We encourage you to discuss with your doctor any questions or concerns you may have.

                                       

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15, 2018

The Howard County Office on Aging and Independence is partnering with the Howard County Police Department, the Office of Consumer Protection and the Howard County Sheriff’s Office to spread awareness about the types and signs of elder abuse. To learn how you can recognize and report elder abuse, follow us on Facebook or view the Elder Abuse Awareness Guide and other information, below.
Elder Abuse Awareness Guide                                       A collaborative effort of the Howard County Office on Aging and Independence and its community partners, the Elder Abuse Awareness Guide was designed to help individuals, first responders and other professionals throughout the community to recognize the signs, symptoms and types of elder abuse, as well as develop strategies to reduce the incidence of abuse and spread awareness

 

How to report suspected abuse? 
Raising awareness about the types and signs of Elder Abuse is just the first step. The Office on Aging and Independence and Howard County Police urge citizens to “make a difference, make the call” by calling 9-1-1 to report suspected abuse or neglect. To learn more about local, state and national organizations involved in the protection of our most vulnerable citizens, click on one or more of the following links. To contact the Howard County Office on Aging and Independence for assistance, call 410-313-1234 (voice/relay) or email map@howardcountymd.gov

 

 

Parkinson’s Disease

Also called: Paralysis agitans, Shaking palsy

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a type of movement disorder. It happens when nerve cells in the brain don’t produce enough of a brain chemical called dopamine. Sometimes it is genetic, but most cases do not seem to run in families. Exposure to chemicals in the environment might play a role.

Symptoms begin gradually, often on one side of the body. Later they affect both sides. They include

  • Trembling of hands, arms, legs, jaw and face
  • Stiffness of the arms, legs and trunk
  • Slowness of movement
  • Poor balance and coordination

As symptoms get worse, people with the disease may have trouble walking, talking, or doing simple tasks. They may also have problems such as depression, sleep problems, or trouble chewing, swallowing, or speaking.

There is no lab test for PD, so it can be difficult to diagnose. Doctors use a medical history and a neurological examination to diagnose it.

PD usually begins around age 60, but it can start earlier. It is more common in men than in women. There is no cure for PD. A variety of medicines sometimes help symptoms dramatically. Surgery and deep brain stimulation (DBS) can help severe cases. With DBS, electrodes are surgically implanted in the brain. They send electrical pulses to stimulate the parts of the brain that control movement.

NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

  www.ADLMARYLAND.com

Licensed as a Residential Service Agency by the MD Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene.

 

 

In the News: Talking With Alzheimer’s Patients
Communication is, as they say, a two-way street. And when it comes to communication with Alzheimer’s patients, both of you may have a difficult time understanding the other. The Alzheimer’s patient can have trouble processing what you say, and you may not follow what they say because they mix words or repeat words or phrases.

The Mayo Clinic offers these tips to improve communication:

  • Show interest by maintaining eye contact and staying close to your loved one.
  • Avoid distractions and noise that can interrupt concentration.
  • Talk in short sentences with simple words.
  • Don’t interrupt or hurry an Alzheimer’s response, even though it may take minutes for them to answer.

Finally, realize that the frustration with communication works both ways and is the result of your loved one’s disease, not their attitude. Be patient.

 

 

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