What’s the difference between reminiscing vs remembering ?

Both involve recalling an event, but reminiscing is more about a collection of fond memories from the past.

For example: The Smith family reunion is every year at Lake Tahoe. Reminiscing would be recalling where they hiked, cooking together, and building fond memories to cherish over and over again.

Remembering is more about: Where did I put my keys?

Reminiscence therapy can give the feeling of success and confidence. To share something meaningful brings joy and happiness to others.

How to redirect anxiety and agitation with new residents in the care home?

When moving into a new environment, behaviors can arise with anxiety and agitation. This is often a result from trying to make sense out how they ended up at this new location and where their family is?

Here are some ideas and ways to adapt new residents into your care home. Keep in mind, what is good for the body, is good for the mind.

*Monitor personal comfort. Check for pain, hunger, thirst, constipation, full bladder, fatigue, infections and skin irritation.

*Provide an opportunity for exercise. Go for a walk. Garden together. Put on music and dance.

*Provide reassurance. Use calming phrases such as: “You are safe here” or “I’m sorry that you are upset” or “How can I help?”

*Involve the person in activities that will give purpose and dignity. Set the table, fold the laundry, check the mail, or help with the dishes. Find things that they will enjoy.

*Provide a structured routine. Getting out of bed and going to bed, meals, snacks, medications, and exercise should all be completed daily and consistently at the same times.

*See the doctor. Rule out any physical causes or medication-related side effects.

How to start the conversation about in home care with my parents?

Tips for the conversation :

*Find out what is important for your loved one to continue to live in their home?

*Avoid acting like a parent

*Any resistance may be a result of fear of losing control

*Put yourself in their shoes- it may be hard for them to admit they can no longer do everything for themselves anymore.

*Suggest ideas without being pushy.

*Meet with your parents Dr. for an opinion.

If you have any more questions about In Home Care please reach out to A Senior Connection, and we will gladly find out which options and services will work best for you and your parent.

3 ways to re-direct exit seeking behavior

1. Identify the time of day when the behavior is at its peek. Offer activities and physical exercise to reduce agitation, anxiety and restlessness.

2. Offer reassurance. Do they feel lost? or confused?

3. Ensure all basic needs are met. Are they looking for a place to use the restroom? are they hungry? need hydration? Would they like to talk to a family member?

Hydration Ideas for Seniors

Senior Health Tips: Staying Cool This Summer!

Living in California we are used to the heat and high temperatures, but we still need to remember to hydrate! Lack of water is the number one trigger of daytime fatigue. As we age, the balance between our need for water and our thirst for water shifts. In fact, the less water an older person drinks, the less thirsty they become, leaving them open to the risk of serious dehydration and other complications. Seniors are at especially high risk of heat stroke and heat exhaustion, and so it is important to learn how to take care of yourself as summer draws nearer. Read on to find out more!

Symptoms of dehydration:

  1. Confusion
  2. Chronic fatigue and lethargy
  3. Drowsiness
  4. Labored speech
  5. Dry mouth
  6. Sunken eyeballs
  7. Unable to urinate or pass only small amounts of dark or deep yellow urine

Tips for Senior Health in Hot Temperatures

  1. Stay hydrated. If you are going to be outdoors for any period of time when the weather is hot, be sure to drink plenty of water, for those who get tired of water you can mix it up with some type of flavoring and you can even try a healthy popsicle, by taking fruits and blending them with yogurt or ice and freezing them. Staying hydrated can significantly decrease your risk of heat stroke. If you are looking for alternatives to water, think about fruits and vegetables high in water, such as, watermelon, cucumber, strawberries, broccoli, tomatoes, grapefruit, spinach, cantaloupe, and radishes.  Increasing your fruit and vegetable consumption is a healthy way to help keep your diet hydrated. Having a refreshing summer slaw with dinner will help to hydrate your loved ones and offer them a nutrition side dish, click the link to see a great recipe! http://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,50400000122270,00.html
  2. Stick to natural fibers. When it comes to your summer wardrobe, fabrics that breathe should be your go-to. Cotton and other natural fibers can help keep you cool both indoors and out.
  3. Keep your home cool. The outdoors is not the only location that will be affected by the heat; your home can easily heat up on hot days and reach unsafe temperatures. Use your air conditioning or run fans throughout your home to keep things cool and healthy.
  4. Wear sunblock outdoors. High temperatures and bright sunlight go hand-in-hand, so if you are going to be outdoors, be sure to protect your skin from burning and damage with sunblock.
  5. Know the signs of heat stroke. To maintain the best senior health possible, you should also know what to do if you experience any of the symptoms of heat stroke, including headache, nausea, dizziness, and rapid pulse. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact help immediately.


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July 4th and Seniors

Happy 4th of July

Fourth of July usually means large gatherings of family and friends to celebrate the holiday with food and fireworks. If your July 4th celebration will include grandparents this year, don’t forget to consider any special dietary needs for seniors.

One of the most troubling, and little understood, considerations when planning a senior’s diet is making certain that whatever food and beverages they select won’t cause harmful interactions with the medications they are prescribed. Since many seniors are on multiple daily medications, chefs, caretakers and family need to be vigilant about ingredients contained in the meals older Americans are consuming.

When looking for holiday recipes, a few items to avoid for seniors are; grapefruit juice and other citrus fruits, caffeine, alcohol, and foods high in Vitamin K, such as, dark green leafy vegetables. Most of us love grapefruit juice but it can block the action of intestinal enzymes that break down certain drugs such as cholesterol –lowering ones.  As an alternative to citrus, strawberries are colorful and flavorful with a hint of citrus that also provides the vitamin C and fiber that can be found in grapefruit. While dark green leafy vegetables are really healthful and make a great summer salad they also contain high levels of Vitamin K – a vitamin that boosts the blood’s ability to clot. These should best be avoided by seniors who are at risk of stroke and who have been prescribed blood thinners such as Coumadin.

Apple Slaw

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Click Here to view the recipe from Martha Stewart.


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