Newsletter – January 2009

In This Issue:

Greetings From A Servant’s Heart Care Solutions!

For many, January is a time to start fresh. January offers a vibrant, enthusiastic start to a new year. At A Servant’s Heart Care Solutions, we also think of January as a chance to reflect on the past year as well as to embrace what’s yet to come. We are thankful and grateful for all that 2008 brought us – including the relationships we’ve been lucky to create with people like you. We hope your holiday season was an enjoyable (and stress-free!) one.

As always, A Servant’s Heart Care Solutions is committed to sharing the latest in home care, home health care and elder care news with colleagues, clients and friends. Please enjoy these articles in the spirit of community in which this newsletter was sent.

Happy New Year – Here’s to 2009!

The Team at A Servant’s Heart Care Solutions

Watch Out for That Bed

Falls from bed are the second leading cause of fall deaths – after stairs and steps, reports the National Safety Council.

A bed fall occurs while transitioning from a sitting to a standing position from bed. Seniors and caregivers are both at risk. In 2006, the FDA published guidelines from the FDA Hospital Bed Safety Workgroup (HBSW). These guidelines address entrapment risks associated with bed accessories often used in the home.

Visit InvisibleCaregiver.com for more information on bed safety.

Top 10 Signs You Have Too Much Stress In Your Life

The “Top 10 tips for telling when you’re overwhelmed” are from Family of Loved Ones Magazine, a great resource for families of older adults.

Rene’ Cantwell, the magazine’s founder, writes, “We’ve all heard valiant stories of caregivers who have devoted time, energy and resources above and beyond what others may consider sensible. Many have done so to the detriment of health, relationships and security.
Managing our stress levels is imperative to maintaining good health. Caregivers are no strangers to pressure situations, and that’s all the more reason why we need a reminder to take care of ourselves.”

TOP TEN SIGNS YOU JUST MIGHT NEED A TIME-OUT!

By Rene’ Cantwell, Founder-Families of Loved Ones Magazine

 

1. You routinely replace the reply,”Good. How are you?” with “You have no idea!”

2. You justify the pounding in your chest as a cardiovascular exercise.

3. Annual doctor visits become monthly.

4. Sitting in the bathroom counts as downtime.

5. Getting drive-through while running errands equals a balanced meal.

6. You’ve perfected the “cortisol high” in lieu of an adrenaline high.

7. A commercial for a greeting card makes you cry.

8. You just drove to work/store/pharmacy and don’t remember driving.

9. You set a date to have some fun, and then postpone it.

10. Even your dog sighs when you walk by.

Click here for Family of Loved Ones Magazine

TCOYD: Taking Control Of Your Diabetes!

A Servant’s Heart Care Solutions provides care and advice for many clients who have diabetes. We have heard good things about TCOYD from people who have benefitted from TCOYD’s programs and services. Because of this, we attended a TCOYD conference in San Diego in late 2008.

The information and presentations were terrific, and we were so impressed that we wanted to give them an endorsement here. TCOYD is a great resource for those who have diabetes and also for their families and friends.

Here’s a description of TCOYD and its services and information on how to get to their website:

Guided by the belief that every person with diabetes has the right to live a healthy, happy, and productive life, Taking Control of Your Diabetes (“TCOYD”) works to educate and motivate people with diabetes to take a more active role in their condition and to provide innovative and integrative continuing diabetes education to medical professionals caring for people with diabetes.

TCOYD is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 diabetes organization headquartered in Del Mar, California. Founded and directed by Dr. Steven Edelman, a nationally-recognized diabetes specialist who also has type 1 diabetes, the organization produces programs that aim to inform, motivate and empower participants to take control of their diabetes by producing day-long conferences around the country for persons with diabetes and their spouses or other loved ones.

TCOYD also offers a commercial-free public educational television series on living healthfully with diabetes, available online at the TCOYD TV web page, and across the country on satellite and cable TV. This excellent resource combines in-depth discussions between renowned health professionals in a talk show format with documentary-style interviews from people living with diabetes.

Click here for the Taking Control Of Your Diabetes! web site

Click here for the TCOYD TV web site

Make Those Appliances Work For You!

The appliance market is responding to the demands of boomers who want appliances that help them cope with the aches, pains and other infirmities they confront as they grow older. Roughly 76 million baby boomers — born between 1946 and 1964 — control the biggest share of purchasing power for the roughly $25 billion U.S. appliance market, reports an article in the Wall Street Journal.

Some examples of the “senior-friendly” products are washing machines with pedestals that raise the height of washing machines and clothes dryers for customers with back problems. There are also washing machines with large knobs that make a louder-than-usual noise when they’re set, and a model that plays musical chimes to indicate washing temperature or other features. Brighter LED lighting improves visibility inside refrigerators. Some ovens can be raised up for easier access to prevent people from stooping awkwardly, losing their balance and burning themselves.

Read all about it here.

Search the Internet and Boost Brain Power

A new study found that searching the Internet exercises the brains of older people by activating their neural circuitry, says UCLA’s Memory & Aging Research Center.

  • Internet searches activate regions in the brain that control complex reasoning and decision-making, the Center found in a nine-month study of 24 neurologically normal volunteers with similar education levels, ages 55 to 76.
  • Noting that the brain activity was recorded in MRI results, the researchers reported that the test subjects showed richer sensory experience and heightened attention when conducting Internet searches, as opposed to reading book-like text on computers.

The Center’s findings are to be published next month in the Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Send Your Brain to Boot Camp for Retraining

UCLA’s Memory & Aging Research Center presents a one-day training session designed for people with age-related memory concerns who wish to improve or maintain their memory ability. The course is not intended for people with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

    Brain Boot Camp participants will:

  • Measure baseline memory, stress and fitness levels to individualize healthy lifestyle programs.
  • Learn basic techniques to respond to everyday memory challenges.
  • Sample a healthy brain diet and learn recipes for a brain-protective nutritional plan.
  • Master advanced memory techniques for names and faces.
  • Practice relaxation exercises to improve mental focus.
  • Map out a daily lifestyle plan for maintaining benefits for the long haul.
    Gauge progress and notice results in just one day.

To learn more or sign up for Brain Boot Camp, contact the UCLA Memory & Aging Center at (310) 825-0545 or email bcamp@mednet.ucla.edu.

Originally posted 2009-01-01 13:19:17.

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About Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.