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Tips on communicating with the elderly

As people grow older, they become more difficult to understand and even changes in their environment can have an impact on their communication. Many Elderly and disabled people struggle with hearing, reading and writing, General communications skills.  Many elderly or disabled people have short-term memory loss so a conversation that you may have just had with them is one they can easily forget.  Lots of patients and compassion is key.

 

Here are some ways to help your communication with a loved one who is elderly or disabled.

 

  • Maintain eye contact and speak clearly and directly to them (Loud tone if hearing is an issue)
  • Be as simple as possible (small words, short sentences, and visual aids).
  • Try not to argue with the elder it may over excite them or upset them.
  • Recall what you are stating to the elder (restate key ideas of the topic frequently/ repeat key points)
  • Exercise patients and compassion
  • Ask instead of order and demand
  • Ask instead of assuming
  • Offer choices when possible
  • Use “I” instead of “YOU” People do not like to be demanded. It may cause them to be upset.

 

Examples:

“You must exercise today!”

“You need to finish your soup”

Instead use the “I” language

“I will help you exercise today!”

“Let’s finish your soup, Okay?”

 

 

 

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Tip of the Day: Sitting is the new smoking

 

Research shows that if you sit for long periods of time it puts you at risk, even if you are spending time at the gym working out!

The good news is, it all counts!

 

ALL activity counts in the direction of a healthier, happier you. Here are some simple tips that can help you to increase your overall health

Simple changes you can begin to make today:

 

*Stand instead of sit while on the phone.

*Swing your foot, tap your toes, or drum your fingers.

*If you like to listen to music move to the music while getting dressed

*Park the car farther away

*Use the stairs instead of the elevator

*Get up and stretch every half hour if you have a desk job

 

These simple changes can make a world of difference in your physical appearance as well as your outlook on life!

What are you waiting for?  There’s no better time than today to decide to get started!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Do you remember the last time you were physically active on purpose?? IE: went to the gym, jogged or even just simply went for a walk? Did you know that new research shows that exercise helps protect older adults' brains from memory loss and mental decline. In fact the UofM found, in their research that physical fitness reverses brain shrinkage. which is tied to Alzheimer's disease. 34 inactive participants ranging in age 61-68 engaged in a 12-week exercise regimen and the findings were impressive to say the least. They were shown to have improvements with their heart and lung function, and also the brain increased in thickness in the region that typically shrinks from Alzheimer's. You can find the study published in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.

 

I Hope you found this helpful and will consider the benefits of being more active and decide to get moving and save your brain.

 

 

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This Desert HEAT is NO JOKE!! Here is a video with some helpful information to keep in mind!!! Please drink lots of water and stay HYDRATED!! Keep our elderly SAFE & COOL. Hope you all have a BEAUTIFUL DAY!

 

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Artificial Sweeteners and Diabetes


Living with diabetes has it's challenges, here are some tidbits!

We are told that our body can not process these sweeteners, due to over consumption.

Here's a list of some of the so-called culprits:

cane sugar, xylitol, aspertame, saccharin, sucralose, stevia, the list goes on.

We all want to be healthy and avoid unnecessary trips to the doctor by keeping our immune systems in balance.

Living with diabetes can complicate things, consider the following list of suggestions:

 

Do's

  • Consider reducing all sweets, not just sugary treats.
  • Cut back on drinking soda as some soda can have as many as 10 packets of artificial sweeteners in them, and studies have shown that consuming artificial sweeteners such as nutrasweet can lead to an increase in cravings for sugar.
  • Drink enough water every day, at least eight cups (8 ounces each) per day, and add two additional cups for every cup of coffee consumed. Dehydration can also cause sugar cravings.

 

Don't

  • Think that if it's labeled sugar-free it's good for you

 

If you are truly interested in living a healthy lifestyle,

consider looking at sweets as a rare treat.

 

Sugars include: cane sugar, brown sugar, confectioners sugar, honey, date sugar, agave nectar and molasses. Following your doctor's advice, diabetics should avoid consuming high quantities of these, or avoid them completely.

Reduced-calorie sugars or sugar alcohols: Sorbitol and xylitol and are often found in gum and sugar-free candy. These have about half the calories of sugar, but can still raise your blood-sugar levels. These are considered safe in moderation.

Artificial or nonnutrative sweeteners: Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal), fructose, Saccharin (Sweet'NLow, Sugar Twin), Ace-K (Sweet One, Swiss Sweet, Sunett), Sucralose (Splenda), Advantame, and Neotame.

Aspartame is widely used, but controversial. Independent studies have linked aspartame to lymphoma, MS, leukemia, kidney and other cancers. In addition, it may cause headaches or neurological symptoms in a small number of people. For these reasons, aspartame should be avoided.

Sucralose, main ingredient in Splenda is made by reacting sugar with chlorine.

Saccharine found in Sweet'NLow should be avoided. In animal testing it was found to cause cancer in the organs of the test animals.

 

Our alternative sweetener recommendation for diabetics is stevia leaf extract (Truvia, Pure Via, and others). It is becoming widely available to consumers, and is considered to be safe. It is extracted from the stevia plant and purified.

Your main goal should be to limit the amount of sweet treats you consume, and you should consider eating fruit as a treat or dessert as it is high in nutritional value.

Your best choices would be fresh or frozen fruits, or fruits that have been canned in their own juices.

We can still live well with diabetes!

If you would like to have help planning your meals, or managing your diabetes, Elder Caring can connect you with a caregiver that has experience with diabetic patients. Contact us for more information.

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