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101 Activities For People Affected By Alzheimer’s

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Activities for those who have Alzheimer’s and Dementia Disorders There are many different stages that a person with Alzheimer’s and other Dementia disorder go through. Keeping these seniors busy with activities is a great way to maintain engagement. Some basic guidelines for activities are: · Take note of what activities make the person happy (vs. anxious or irritable) · Focus on enjoyment vs. achievement when it comes to activity selection · While it’s great to have some “special” projects, encourage activities that center around daily life – this will help your senior feel like a valuable member of the household This awesome list of “101 Activities” is made available by alz.org 1 Listen to music 2 Toss a ball 3 …

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Interesting Tips For Dealing With Allergies

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Allergies can be a terrible burden, especially during springtime. Fortunately, there are many ways to treat allergies – some of which may surprise you! Check out these unexpected recommendations for seniors (and others) to keep spring allergies under control! Read more here.

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Playing Card Games With Seniors

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Card games have always been a favorite for seniors – and come to think of it, for kids, too. Card games can please people of all generations and be played together. Not only are they fun, card games can truly help increase happiness and self-esteem. It’s an inexpensive activity that involves sitting comfortably and interacting with others. More importantly, playing card games can be great for the brain! Some simple math (such as playing 21) is a great exercise for the brain. Shuffling and dealing is great to keep the hands moving. And of course, the games themselves keep the mind sharp as decisions are made. Play 21 (or Blackjack) with 2 players. Use pennies to keep track of who …

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Chocolate’s Effect On Cognitive Performance

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Could eating chocolate help improve your cognitive performance? In the mid 1970s, psychologist Merrill Elias began tracking the cognitive abilities of more than 1,000 people in the state of New York. He continued his research for decades, eventually expanding it to include dietary habits. This study, thanks to its large sample size, is perhaps the most comprehensive of any study ever undertaken. (Not to mention the most delicious) The research found that people who eat chocolate at least once a week tend to have better cognitive performance. Finally! Eating chocolate is proven to not only be yummy, but also good for our brains! In scientific terms, eating chocolate improved visual-spatial memory and [organization], working memory, scanning and tracking, abstract reasoning, …

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Spring Cleaning with Cooperative

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Good-bye Winter and hello Spring! Every season change brings hope and excitement, but none more so than the transition from winter to spring. Here, we’re sharing spring cleaning tips using natural and inexpensive products like vinegar, lemon and baking soda! Take care of your home! USE VINEGAR: · Remove mildew with non-diluted vinegar and an old toothbrush. · Detach and soak your shower head in vinegar to remove build-up and improve water pressure. · Combine one cup vinegar, 1/2 cup baking soda and a few squirts of liquid dish-soap to create an all-purpose cleaning solution for various areas of your home. · Loosen greasy grime in your microwave by boiling 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a microwave-safe …

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Spring Forward with Seniors at Home

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With the warm weather quickly approaching, we are all feeling that need to celebrate spring. Whether you are a caregiver for a senior, a senior or a senior’s loved one, there are so many activities that seniors can be involved in to welcome the higher temperatures! 1. Eat Outside. Plan a fun picnic-style menu, even if the picnic is right in your own yard. Get out the picnic basket and a blanket, and fill the basket with festive favorites – sandwiches, slaw and lemonade. Help your seniors get their porch or deck prepared for usage by wiping down the furniture, sweeping off the flooring and making it look inviting to use. 2. Bring home a new plant. Bringing nature inside …

winter home care tips

Winter Home Care Tips

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Staying in your own home as you age has many incredible benefits. However, there are some home care responsibilities and upkeep duties that come with the territory. With all of the strange weather that we have seen in St. Louis this winter (from 70 degrees to a full blown snowstorm in a matter of 3 days), we wanted to provide some helpful plumbing tips to keep you, your home and your pipes safe this winter – so we reached out to a well-known plumbing company to put together this list of suggestions. • If you find yourself with a frozen pipe when the temperature dips, try warming it up with a hair dryer. Once you take care of it and …