Monthly Archives: August 2015

Why the Arts Are Key to Dementia Care

This form of communication can engage intuition and imagination

By Anne Basting for Next Avenue

Why the Arts Are Key to Dementia Care

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When you receive a serious medical diagnosis, it can feel as though that diagnosis replaces your identity. I am no longer myself — instead, now I am cancer, or heart attack or dementia.

But even when we carry a diagnosis, we also continue to live our lives. We are more than our diseases and care plans.

People can live as long as 20 years with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Family and professional caregivers, as well as community members, need tools to ensure that people with Alzheimer’s can be more than their disease. But how? Conversation can be challenging, in person and by phone. How can we stay connected and foster what has come to be called the “personhood” of someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s? read more

Activity department changes

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Beth Boyd may be a familiar face around Fulton Presbyterian Manor, but her title is brand new. “I was the activity assistant for six years, and now I’m the activity director,” said Beth. “There’s a lot more to it than most people realize. Sure, we have lots of fun, but it’s a lot of work behind the scenes. But that’s okay because I love this job. I love making the residents smile.”

Beth isn’t the only one with a new title in the activity department. Robin Leonard, who was formerly in the dining services department, is now the new activity assistant. She’s looking forward to spending more time with the residents. read more

Music & Memory project coming to Presbyterian Manors

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Few things are more personal than our musical tastes. Favorite songs trigger rich memories and influence our moods. That’s why social worker Dan Cohen launched an effort in 2008 to bring individualized music to residents in long-term care.

Cohen founded the nonprofit Music & Memory, which provides residents in long-term care with iPod personal music players that are loaded with each recipient’s favorite songs.

Kim Fanning, senior vice president education and training for Presbyterian Manors, said all of the PMMA communities are taking advantage of the opportunity. Training sessions for employees took place in July and the program will begin this fall. read more

Weight Training After 50: What You Need to Know

How often to train, what equipment to use – 6 tips to buff up safely

By Linda Melone for Next Avenue

Weight Training After 50 What You Need to Know

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It’s easy enough to go for a walk or bike ride without professional instruction, but figuring out the weight training landscape can be a challenge. How much weight should you lift? How many repetitions and sets are best to help you achieve your goals?

Although it’s tempting to skip it altogether, many documented benefits of weight training after 50 make it a good idea to stick with it. Otherwise you risk losing muscle (called sarcopenia) as you age, for one. This slows your metabolism (muscle burns calories at rest) and increases risk of falls. read more

Veterans: Know your benefits – a free session for veterans and surviving spouses

VeteranBenefits-BlogLong-term care can be expensive, so it’s important to know what benefits are available to you. Veterans and their surviving spouses can learn about benefits available to them at a free session Sept. 16 at Fulton Presbyterian Manor.

Eugene O’Loughlin, Veterans Services Officer with the Missouri Veterans Commission, will share the long-term care benefits available to veterans and their surviving spouses.

“Veterans: Know your benefits” starts at 6 p.m. Sept. 16 in the assisted living dining room at Fulton Presbyterian Manor, 811 Center St. The talk is part of Fulton Presbyterian Manor’s Just Ask series, a free, ongoing lifelong learning program featuring information from local, regional and national experts on topics of interest to older adults and their families. read more

Walking 20 Minutes a Day Might Save Your Life

A brisk walk could cut your risk of early death, even if you’re obese

By Emily Gurnon for Next Avenue

Walking 20 Minutes a Day Might Save Your Life

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There’s now more encouraging evidence that you don’t have to run marathons to make a difference in your health.

A brisk 20-minute walk each day could be enough to cut your risk of early death – even if you are obese, according to new research published Jan. 14.

The study of more than 334,000 European men and women found that twice as many deaths may be attributable to lack of physical activity than to obesity. And a modest boost in activity could make a big difference, the study concluded. read more

The 3 Questions to Help You Find Your Purpose

Answer them and you’ll love your life more, says ‘The Payoff Principle’ author

By Alan R. Zimmerman for Next Avenue

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In junior high school, I decided that I would go into the ministry. The problem was, I wasn’t sure it was my dream . . . or ever had been.

I went on to get my master’s and doctoral degrees, taught several undergraduate classes and something strange happened. I discovered I loved teaching and I was good at it — very good. But I also felt guilty for tossing aside my “supposed” purpose or calling to the ministry.

Fortunately, I attended a workshop on “intensive journaling” about how to relax, think, reflect, visualize and keep a journal, so the deeper things inside me might be revealed. I then wrote in my journal: “I can serve God and others as a teacher, speaker and author.” Almost instantly, my guilt disappeared, and a sense of peace, direction, and well-being settled over me. I knew I was living my life and working my career on purpose. read more

How to Help Mom and Dad Move to a New Home

Here are five tips to make the transition less traumatic for your parents

By Emily Gurnon for Next Avenue

April 1, 2015

How to Help Mom and Dad Move to a New Home

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For most people, moving from one home to another is exhausting. Even when we get help with packing and transporting our possessions, moving means changing countless aspects of our everyday lives — from making a new place for the silverware to potentially finding new friends. And it can mean saying goodbye to memories we’ve made over the course of years.

Older adults often have a much harder time with the transition. For your parents, moving can go from merely taxing to highly traumatic. That’s when it becomes transfer trauma, also known more broadly as relocation stress syndrome. read more

4 Things to Do When Your Parents Are Resisting Help

Taking these steps can reduce frustration and stress — for all of you

By Dr. Leslie Kernisan for Next Avenue

4 Things to Do When Your Parents Are Resisting Help

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“Doctor, my mom needs help, but she won’t accept it and she won’t listen.”

Sound familiar? It’s a complaint I hear all the time from families worried about older parents and aging relatives.

And it’s a very real issue that we must address. For better health and wellbeing in older adults, it’s not enough to identify the underlying health and life problems — although that is a key place to start.

Because even if you’ve correctly identified the problems and learned how the experts recommend managing them, older parents often seem, well, resistant. Understandably, this causes families a lot of frustration and stress. read more