Monday, January 22, 2018
Happy Mardi Gras!!!
What is Mardi Gras ? Where did it start and why do we celebrate it?
Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday," reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual of fasting of the Lenten season....In countries such as the United Kingdom, Mardi Gras is also known as shrove Tuesday, which is derived from the shrive, meaning to "confess."
Despite the holiday's rich history in New Orleans, Louisiana, Mayor Sam Jones of Mobile, Alabama, says the first Mardi Gras celebration in the USA took place in Mobile, Alabama. Mobile is the birthplace of Mardi Gras and it originated right in the port city in 1703. It was revived after the Civil War when citizen Joe Cain, fed up with civil war misery led an impromptu parade down the streets of Mobile. The people have been doing it up bigger and better ever since. They decorate floats and have enormous parades and flying moon pies. You can see masked mythical societies and ladies in ball dresses going all out for the occasion. This year the festivities kick off on January 26th and end on February 13th. You can catch all the information on @MobileMardiGras on facebook and Twitter! Don't miss the fun!
Monday, January 15, 2018
January = National Alzheimer Awareness Month
- Failure to floss: For real...If visions of the dentist's drill don't scare you into flossing, maybe early signs of dementia will: An emerging body of evidence has shown evidence of gum problems that may raise your risk of dementia.
3. Habitual Snoring: Discuss persistent snoring with your Dr.,who may send you to a sleep specialist. If sleep apnea is the diagnosis, you'll likely end up with a prescription for a CPAP, shown to be effective in restoring normal breathing.
4. Type 2 Diabetes: In a study of Middle-Aged men and women with a family history of Alzheimer's ,researchers linked to insulin resistance-key driver of type 2 diabetes-with poorer performance on memory tests. Research has shown that people with type 2 diabetes are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's disease.
Monday, January 8, 2018
New Exploitation Act in Alabama for Seniors
As of Aug 1,2017 a new law has been passed to prevent the exploitation of older adults from
financial exploitation. This law gives enforcement an additional tool to assist victims and prevent
further incidents of abuse. The relief for victims of elder abuse can come too late. In the case of
physical abuse, the injury has been inflicted and the abuser may return.In financial exploitation cases,
the money has and continues to be spent with impunity. The Elder Abuse Protection Order and
enforcement Act provides an early intervention, a civil court order, to stop the abuse and continued
This act is a compliment to the already strong laws we have to prosecute those who commit elder
abuse. In 2013,Alabama passed the Protecting Alabama's Elders Act. That criminal law gave law
enforcement and prosecutors additional avenues to prosecute elder abuse ,neglect ,and financial
exploitation-serving to punish offenders and deter future crimes. This law will provide an expedient
civil remedy to victims of elder abuse-serving to prevent further abuse and financial
exploitation. For additional information, contact Emily Marsal,General Counsel, Alabama
of Senior Services,1-334-353-9394 or Emily T. Marsal@adss.alabama.gov
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
January is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month!
How can we better "arm" ourselves against this deadly disease? Are there ways to create an arsenal of self-help tools in our homes? What really are the benefits of knowing the "triggers?" What's "normal" memory loss and "abnormal" memory loss? Here are a list of "triggers" and What's "Normal and Abnormal " memory loss.
Normal : 1. Being able to recall the details of a conversation or event of a year ago
2. Occasionally forgetting appointments or names
3. Sometimes searching for the right word
4. Fretting about your memory when no one else is, including your family.
Abnormal : 1. Being able to remember the details of an event or conversation that happened last week
2. Forgetting things you once recalled easily
3. Frequently pausing to find the right word or using substitute words when the right
one won't come to mind
4. Lack of concern about your memory while relatives or friends worry
Friday, December 22, 2017
During the holidays we spend a lot of time up close and personal. This is not the time for the dreaded halitosis (bad breath!) When visiting families and loved ones that we have not seen for some time the last thing we want to be remembered for is our bad breath. We hope to spend this time laughing, talking about Christmas pasts and ones to come. Here are some foolproof ideas to kill the enemy of bad breath:
- Brushing and Flossing
- Tongue cleaning
- Avoiding certain foods
- New Toothbrush
- Prescription Management
- Routine Cleaning
- Peridontal Treatment
Please use these ideas and pass them on to your friends along with some holiday cheer!
Monday, December 18, 2017
Food is Medicine!
Nutrition strategies for caregivers:
- Assess the client's overall ability to manage and prepare his or her meals. This can easily influence the nutritional value of what they eat. They may depend heavily on pre-packaged or processed food. Even junk foods or fast food.
- Target approximately 1 to 1.5 grams of protein/kg of body weight or around 70-100 grams/day will meet the needs of most, whether taken orally, requiring enteral tube feeds or some combination of the two. Fish, poultry, eggs, lean meats, dairy and abundant vegetables are good sources in addition to providing other important vitamins ,minerals and sufficient fiber.
- Encourage reading and understanding of food labels as a guide to meeting daily nutritional needs.
- Don't be afraid to be creative, unless an individual is on a special diet where certain foods are prohibited.
- Engage with others in your client's support network. Communicate and coordinate with a fellow caregiver, friend or neighbor who spends time in the home, to better understand your client's likes, dislikes and nutritional needs.
- Lastly, Think of Food as Medicine : Sugar and flour based foods work against weight management, pain control, energy levels and blood glucose control.