Thursday, August 30, 2018

A Shortcut Method that Reduces Time Spent Cooking

By Melissa Donald
Using a Crock-Pot or slow cooker is a handy and helpful way to prepare a meal if you are away for the day or want an easy way to prepare dinner that doesn’t require constant attention. Here are three recipes along with some tips on how to make cooking and baking a bit easier in your Crock-Pot.

Caregiver Tip:
Seniors tend to eat smaller portions. Rather than preparing a large meal for one or two people that will last and sit for a week in the refrigerator, instead assemble a meal and freeze it in smaller portions. This recipe for taco soup is quick and easy to prepare. The person you are caring for can remove a portion from the freezer, add water, turn on the Crock-Pot and in hours, have a homemade meal.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

How to Change Your Living Situation to Suit Your New Life

By Carrie Vittitoe

As summer moves into fall, every gardener knows the time has come to plant mums, cut back fading summer blooms, and clean out the clay pots for storage in the garage. The seasons of gardening come with their differing beauties and responsibilities, and the seasons of life are the same. Eventually, we know we need to embrace the autumn and early winter of our lives.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

7 Tips for Leaving a Meaningful Legacy

By Marie Bradby

A few years ago, when Sara Smith was helping serve supper to children at the Dare to Care Kids Café with other church volunteers, she met a teenage girl who relied on the evening meal program. Sara, a retired school teacher, also learned that the girl was behind in school.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Three Things Every Caregiver Should Know

By Yelena Sapin

Handling the responsibility of caring for a loved one can be overwhelming and stressful -- especially when it happens suddenly. These caregivers and experts share advice on how to stay positive through the tough times and prepare yourself for your role as a caregiver.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

A Support Group that Helps You When You’re Sick

By Mark Kaelin

Finding the resources you need to manage chronic illnesses can be overwhelming. “The Flourish Program uses a team of social workers, doctors, therapists, pharmacists, and even attorneys to address all aspects of a client’s health and coordinate care to maximize quality of life and function,” says Samantha Cotton, program manager at the University of Louisville’s Institute for Optimal Aging. To find out if the Flourish team can help you or a family member call 502.852.5629 or go here.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Try This if Your Loved One is Losing Weight Because of Parkinson’s

By Mark Kaelin

Living with Parkinson’s disease presents certain challenges to patients and caregivers. Increased caloric expenditure due to tremors, changes to one’s sense of smell, and medication side effects such as nausea make it difficult for a person with the disease to maintain a healthy weight. “Weight loss in individuals with Parkinson’s is fairly common and can have devastating effects, as it impacts mobility, quality of life, and level of function,” says Denise Burd, nursing faculty member at Bellarmine University. To overcome this challenge, Burd suggests to “always have [the patient’s] favorite foods available and increase your use of seasonings on individual dishes to increase flavor.”

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Six Ideas that Will Make a Home Safer for Someone with Alzheimer’s

By Carrie Vittitoe

Patients with Alzheimer’s disease often have problems with visual perception, but Amy Sass, a client and employee coordinator with Caring Excellence at Home, has suggestions for minimizing the risk of falls and resulting injuries:

- Remove all rugs.
- Keep corners and floors as clutter-free as possible.
- Remove low-sitting furniture.
- Add furniture that is flush to the ground.
- Remove breakable items from surface areas.
- Add grab bars in the bathroom and by the bed.
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