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Welcome to the first issue of the Charlotte Regional Caregiver Magazine. As our population ages and people are living longer than ever before, many of us find ourselves thrown into the position of caregiver. Not surprisingly, today, close to one out of five households provides some form of care giving. Many find themselves in this position without warning and with no idea of how to meet the demands of these new circumstances. Our goal is to provide our audience of both caregivers and those receiving care, with articles, letters, activities, local services and resources that can address the many issues that can arise. Every issue will focus on important topics, such as preventing falls, understanding diabetes, or elder law. We also want to share information, thoughts and ideas from other caregivers. In short, we want to provide you with as many resources as possible to enhance your quality of life. The magazine will be published every other month. In addition, we are expanding to other regions around the country. Please visit our web site at www. sgcaregiver.com for more information, or to subscribe to the Regional Caregiver Magazine in your area. Thank you so much for reading our magazine and have a safe and happy new year.

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ONLINE PRESCRIPTIONS “What to do?” By Martin Hadelman

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More and more Americans are concerned about their prescription costs - they are uninsured; their employers reduced benefit coverage and raised deductibles and copayments; coverage has been limited to generic drugs; employers have instituted high deductible plans; many more seniors have reached the “donut” – where seniors do not have coverage under Part D Medicare RX Plans and have to pay 100% of the drugs; and changes in what drugs are covered under their RX Plans and many more reasons not stated here. The growing cost on Americans in reference to their need for prescriptions has caused them to search for solutions. What are Americans doing? They are turning to the Internet and searching the web to try to find lower cost of drugs through a Prescription Discount Plan. When researching the web each person must have in mind a goal, “find the most value!”. In order to find the Prescription Discount Plan with the most value there are a number of issues that must be evaluated. Those issues are: A. Free is Not Free! Don’t assume, because you found a prescription discount card that you can download for free, that it is going to provide you the lowest cost for your prescriptions. You are paying for the cost of the card through the increased cost you pay for your prescriptions compared to other prescription cards you could have selected. The increased cost added to your prescription cost – that they will assure you has been discounted – is in the form of a portion of the payment for the prescription being paid to the issuer of the card every time you fill a prescription. It could be in the form of a rebate for a brand drug you had filled and that amount is paid to the card issuer. These arrangements and others will never be disclosed to the consumer. B. Medication Cost! Make sure you research each prescription and the exact strength and quantity compared to your existing prescription. That feature should be available on the prescription site you are evaluating. Also, make sure that you have an option available to purchase your prescription at a retail pharmacy or through mail order.

You need to determine the following: 1. Is the prescription on the web site the exact same as your prescription? 2. Is the prescription cost guaranteed? 3. Is the prescription produced in the United States? 4. Are there generic alternatives for the same brand prescription? C. Pharmacy Search! Always use your zip code to determine where there is a participating pharmacy that is convenient to where you live. You should look for local pharmacies as well as national chains. D. Determine Where Your Drugs Are Coming From! There are prescription drug websites that are located in other countries and the prescription drugs they ship could possibly come from countries that DO NOT HAVE the same manufacturing requirements for quality control that the United States. Please make sure you understand what you are buying when you buy it. Summary: The phase, “Consumer Beware” is most appropriate in the area of Online Prescriptions. There are some excellent websites and there are more that are not. Do your research! There are numerous advantages for consumers in need of reducing their prescription drug costs. Researching the web for the prescription discount drug plan that meets your needs and lowers your prescription costs is very important. It can be accomplished.

Martin Hadelman is president of www.nicheprescriptions.com. You may contact him at martin@nicheprescriptions.com


Ten Great Things About Being a Caregiver From the Center for Positive Aging Being a caregiver is not for sissies. It is a demanding job with many responsibilities and no rest for the weary: the day ends, and the next day you start again. It is easy to feel overwhelmed. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying the positive side of what you do. There are great things about being a caregiver, and here are just ten out of many:

1. It means so much to my loved one to be

part of our family. Being a caregiver means you are making sacrifices, but you are also receiving the gratitude of someone who loves you.

2. Caring for our loved one has pulled our

family together. Having an extended family living together teaches all of us the important lessons in getting along with others.

3. W  e can still tell jokes. Enjoy this time to share

laughter. Humor is the greatest stress relief there is.

4. We can still share dreams. Take comfort in sharing with your loved one the dreams and wishes you could never tell anyone else.

5. I’m teaching my children how to care for others. Selflessness is learned by example.

6. B y caring for my loved one, I’m learning

how important it is to take care of myself. It is not wrong to let the act of caregiving help you understand that independence is a gift.

7. This is the opportunity to build a better

relationship. Heal old emotional wounds and let go of past grievances. Perhaps this is a time to have the relationship you always wanted.

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8. I’m learning how much support I really

have. Learn to let others help. Your friends, your neighbors and your community are there for comfort and support. Let their support be a source of gratitude, not guilt.

9. M  y children have a chance to really know

their grandparents. Okay, it may take some time…but one day, your children will understand the value of knowing their closest love ones personally. The need for elders in our society is great; there are lessons only age can teach.

10. Your loved one’s beautiful smile. It can be the most beautiful sight in the world.

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Nutrition, Stress and the Caregiver By Jennifer Mazarredo, RD, LD/N Registered Dietitian Central Florida Regional Hospital

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As a primary caregiver, you are constantly juggling activities for your loved ones, family and yourself. The constant balancing of activities can be stressful. Stress causes certain hormones to be released that may cause cravings for high sugar, high fat foods. These high calorie foods can have a temporary calming effect on the body; however, over eating these foods can lead to an increased amount of fat being stored. Excess weight is associated with chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. Although you may take the time to make sure that your loved one eats properly, it is also important to ensure good nutrition for yourself to help reduce stress and weight gain. One way to ensure healthy

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eating is to keep healthy foods handy. For example, place a bowl of apples and bananas (or any other fruit that does not require refrigeration) on the kitchen counter, and keep washed, bite sized vegetables, almonds or other nuts, low fat cheese sticks and yogurt in the refrigerator. They will not only satisfy your immediate need to eat, but they will also offer important nutrients. It is important to learn what is triggering your overeating and understand how to address it in a healthy way. Try to find other ways to relieve stress such as talking with a friend, keeping a journal or taking a brisk walk. Remember, it is important to listen to your body and take care of it for both you and your loved one.

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Exercise Your Brain There’s an old saying, ‘if you don’t use it, you lose it’. Studies have shown that challenging your brain helps keep it nimble. Try out these puzzles to exercise yours. The following pairs of words can be unscrambled to make two words that go together, like “this & that.” All pairs follow the same theme. Can you determine what they say?

Find the pattern in this sequence of numbers. What numbers are missing? 2 4 5 7 8 10 11 13 __ 16 __ __

DARK BOG = ___ ___ ___ + __ __ __ __

What are the next six numbers in this series?

COW MEAT = ___ ___ ___ + __ __ __ __

0, 4, 2, 3, 4, 4, 6, 3, 8, 5, 10, 3

ASHES SINK = __ __ __ __ __ + __ __ __ __

Hint: It’s not just the increase of the even numbers. The number following it relates in appearance.

BRANDY YOKE = __ __ __ __ __ __ __ + __ __ __ __

Pattern 1: Add 2, add 1, add 2, add 1 Missing numbers 14, 17, 19 Pattern 2: The number in the middle of the series represent the number of letters it take to spell the number. Missing six numbers 12, 6, 14, 8, 16, 7 Answers: Dog Bark, Cat Meow, Snake Hiss, Donkey Bray

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For Better Health – Adopt an Attitude of Gratitude By Peggy R. Hoyt

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One of the wonderful things about life is you can control your attitude—the way you think and feel. There may be times when you think you “can’t”—but don’t get caught in a self-fulfilling prophesy! Instead, choose an attitude of gratitude. As the Nike commercials say, “Just do it!” Adopting an attitude of gratitude and appreciating even the smallest blessings will increase feelings of joy and positive energy that come with appreciation. As joy and energy increase, so does your overall well-being and health. Another way to improve overall health is to seek out opportunities for spiritual, mental and emotional self-improvement. But where do you start? Consider this simple exercise—start a gratitude journal. Everyday write down three things you are grateful for. You can appreciate the sunshine, a clean house, the birds chirping in the yard, the smile of a friend or grandchild. The point is—find something you can be grateful for—everyday. Once you adopt this habit, your attitude of gratitude can’t help but make your world a better place. Invite family and friends to participate in this daily practice, even if it’s just to tell you what they are most grateful for. If you feel a bad mood coming on, switch gears immediately and seek out those people, things and events you can appreciate. Research done by University of California Davis positive psychology professor Robert Emmons indicates, “Grateful people take better care of themselves and engage in more protective health behaviors like regular exercise, a healthy diet, (and) regular physical examinations.” He has found grateful people tend to be more optimistic, a characteristic that boosts the immune system. As a result, it is possible to enjoy improved overall health by simply being more grateful. Don’t be surprised if your attitude or gratitude attracts others to you— like bugs to a light bulb. People like to be around positive people who love and appreciate themselves and everything around them. The more time you spend appreciating, the less time you have for complaining. The end result . . . an attitude of gratitude that will improve your ability to get through anything! To learn more about gratitude and its positive effect on your life, read “Thank Everybody for Everything – Grow Your Life and Business with Gratitude” and incorporate “Gratitude Expressions – a Five Year Journal” into your daily routine. For more information visit ThankEverybodyforEverything.com. Have a grateful day!

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From Gen X to the Sandwich Generation When It May Be Time To Seek Some Help For Your Aging Parents By Lisa Machado

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Kate is rushing out of the office on a weeknight, hoping to get her daughter to soccer practice on time. But, before soccer, she needs to cook dinner and help her other child with homework. Just as she hits the road, her cell phone rings. It’s the pharmacy telling her that the two prescriptions her father needs are ready for pick up. He needs them today. She will deliver those with the extra dinner she makes for him. As she starts the car, her blackberry reminds her that she needs to participate in a global conference call early this evening. Although her family is most supportive, there will be chaos in the home again tonight. Kate is among many Americans now referred to as the “sandwich generation.� This term refers to adults with families of their own who find themselves caring for their parents as well. According to numbers from the National Family Caregiver Survey, 44 percent of Americans between the ages of 45 and 55 have aging parents or in-laws while also having children under the age of 21. Many families are dealing with the stress of running two households. On a daily basis, these adult children are consistently forced into choosing between the needs of their immediate family and a deep desire to help an aging parent, who once so lovingly cared for them. Some sandwich generation children choose to have their parents move in. Others adult children are purchasing homes with new floor plans to accommodate an aging population, planning for the day the Mom or Dad (or both) may want to or need to move in. Some sandwich children view this as a sacrifice. Some view it as an obligation. And some do it without even thinking twice about it. Either way there is much emotional reward. After a parent passes, there is a peace of mind, knowing that their parent was surrounded by family during their final days on earth. But quite honestly, it does not always go that smoothly. Caring for an aging or ill parent is a full-time job that can take its toll on the most caring and compassionate person. An unsupportive spouse, annoyed grandchildren or an unexpected family event can gradually, or suddenly, add a dangerous level of stress to even the best of functioning households. Families should not wait too long before at least inquiring about help. Licensed home care agencies are often the perfect solution. Agencies provide professional caregivers, and as required by Georgia home care license requirements, are trained in personal care relieving the families as a

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Home Care Agencies Can: 1. Provide certified caregivers. A professional agency with certified caregivers will be able to identify changes in the care recipient and will not panic when an emergency arises. 2. Provide overnight care. Alzheimer care recipients often have their days and nights reversed – draining a family caregiver. 3. Provide day time care. A daytime caregiver can do daily tasks which allow the adult child to visit and talk with the parent after work relieving the pressure of “doing.” 4. Provide respite care. Intermittent assistance can be provided so a tethered adult child can periodically get out of the house to recharge the batteries. 5. Handle difficult transitions: When it is no longer safe for Mom or Dad to drive or there needs to be additional personal care provided, a professional caregiver knows what to say and how to say it, assisting with the entire process. 6. Facilitate one-on-one care: Professional caregivers can be provided to assist in a hospital or assisted living facility for situations requiring bedside and one-on-one assistance. For example, continent care recipients are often frustrated that they cannot get the assistnace they need during the night to get to the bathroom in time.

part time or full time solution. Adult children who are caring for their parents, caring for their children and who even may also be even trying to hold onto their job, should not feel guilty about seeking some assistance. It may be just what they need to organize the current events of their lives and to assist with enjoying what could be the final years of their parents’ lives. Lisa Machado is a Certified Senior Advisor. She and and her husband, Mario, own Visiting Angels of Alpharetta.

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How & Where to Use Home Care Services By Phil Koch

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“Home Health Care” usually refers to companies/ agencies providing Skilled Nursing and Therapy Services either in Retirement Centers and/or private residences. They offer payment options which usually include traditional Medicare, Medicaid and some “in network” large private insurance companies. Some will even provide private-duty (private-pay) RN or LPN care. “Home Care” companies differ from the above in that they offer “nonskilled” care such as Home Companions, Home Health Aides and Certified Nursing Assistants (ie, CNA’s). Home Care Agencies provide assistance with ADL’s (activities of daily living) for people in their private residences and/ or retirement communities such as senior apartments, independent living, assisted living, and even skilled nursing communities. Some of the larger companies even provide care in hospitals. For example, our company is frequently asked to assist patients in a hospital setting - usually in cases involving walking dementia and/or combative issues. Larger home care agencies, such as my company, are often asked to be either a “Sole” or “Preferred” provider for many of the medium to large Retirement Communities within the area. Certified Nursing Assistants are used when a lot of “hands-on-care” is needed for a client. This is an important point to mention since many “Home Care Agencies” are not licensed by the DHHS (Dept. of Health & Human Services) to do hands-on personal care. Always check this by asking for a copy of the Home Care Agency’s state license for “InHome” Care. There are many payment options for “Home Care” companies. While Home Care Agencies are legally

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unable to accept Medicare or Private (in network) Insurance policies, they do accept various forms of Private Pay settlements including check, cash, credit cards etc. Some Home Care Agencies in local NC counties also accept Medicaid and CAP (Community Alternative Program). In addition, many of them will accept payment directly or indirectly from Long Term Care companies and the VA for “Home Companion” services.

A good way to find a reputable Home Care agency is to ask referral sources (social workers, discharge planners, doctors, etc.) who they would recommend. In addition, I strongly recommend going with a Georgia state licensed (DHHS) company even if you don’t need CNA care yet. By going with a licensed “in-home” care agency, you have the alternative of staying with that same Home Care agency if your loved ones move to that next level of care – often with the same caregiver; providing he/she is a CNA. Check with local members of the NPDA (National Private Duty Association) in Georgia for a list of local in-home care agencies in your region. Finally, you will want to consider going either with a nationally recognized home care agency or a local smaller company. Phil Koch is the Pres/Owner of one of the largest Home Care Agencies in the Charlotte Metro Market covering 9 counties in NC (including Mecklenburg and Union counties) and another 3 counties in SC.

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Ask Hillary Dear Hillary, My father is on a restricted diet, as he is overweight and diabetic, but he constantly sneaks food that is bad for him. Every time I catch him, he always promises to behave, but he can’t seem to fight his cravings. Is there anything I can do? I am really concerned about his health.

Megan Powser Atlanta, GA

Dear Megan, It’s difficult for many of us to maintain the willpower to adhere to a healthy diet. That’s why diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in our nation. The first thing you should do is talk to his doctor about exactly what his diet should be, and clearly explain to your father the dangers of not following it. Although his diet may be restricted, there are many things he can eat that should be able to satisfy the cravings. What you want do is find a healthy substitute for the bad food he eats. For example, if he’s eating sugary food, like candy or pastries, see if a serving of sugar-free Jello or candy will satisfy him. You can also have him go online and visit mayoclinic.com/health/diabetes-diet to gain a better understanding of diabetes. This website will help him create his own healthy-eating plan and hopefully allow him to find those foods that will satisfy him so he is less inclined to indulge.

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Hillary

Hillary Abrams lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia with degrees in journalism and psychology. She began her career in healthcare in the early 1990s with emphasis on the aging population. She currently consults with families, professionals, and employees of organizations concerning levels of care and assistance for the elderly. Her book, Aging Parents and Options in Care, may be purchased at our website.

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Resources every caregiver should know about The Caregiver’s Handbook www.stallgeriatrics.com/caregiving/ caregivershandbook.html Formatted by Robert S. Stall, M.D. Read entire book online Healing Well - www.healingwell.com A guide to diseases, disorders and chronic illnesses with an excellent listing of resources for Alzheimer’s disease as well as other related dementias. Administration on Aging - www.aoa.gov Resources for seniors, including research information. Dept. of Elder Affairs - www.state.fl.us/doea This website contains valuable resources for seniors living in the state of Florida. Elder Care Online - www.ec-online.net/ A beacon for people caring for aging loved ones. Whether you are caring for a spouse, parent, relative or neighbor, an online community where supportive peers and professionals help you improve quality of life for yourself and your elder. Elder Web - www.elderweb.com Over 4,000 reviewed links to finance, law, housing, health, policy, statistics and research information. NIH Senior Health - www.nihseniorhealth.gov Features information on Seniors from the National Institute of Health The Eldercare Locator - www.eldercare.gov A public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging. The Eldercare Locator is your first step for finding local agencies, in every U.S. community, that can help older persons and their families access home and community-based services like transportation, meals, home care, and caregiver support services. To begin, enter zip code, county or city on the site or call us at 800-677-1116.

Aging Services Eldercare Locator - www.eldercare.gov The first step to finding resources for older adults in any U.S. community. 800-677-1116 Just1Call is an Information and Referral program that is a FREE service of Mecklenburg County that provides access to information and assistance to Mecklenburg County’s senior citizens, adults with disabilities, caregivers and service providers. When you don’t know where to go for help, call Just1Call @ 704-432-1111 and our social worker’s will assist you in accessing the services needed.

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Americans With Disabilities U.S. Dept. of Labor (DOL) - DisabilityInfo.gov A comprehensive online resource that provides quick and easy access to information for people with disabilities, including government programs on benefits, civil rights, community life, housing, health, technology and transportation. 800-FED-INFO (800-333-4636) Nat’l Disability Rights Network (NDRN) www.napas.org/aboutus/consumer.htm#res NDRN is a membership organization for the federallymandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. The Network provides local contacts for information and assistance. 202-408-9514

Assisted Living Older persons who want to find out more about the assisted living option can start by contacting their local area agency on aging (AAA). Contact the U.S. Administration on Aging’s Eldercare Locator at 1-800-677-1116 or visit www.eldercare.gov to find the AAA office closest to you. Assisted Living Federation of America www.alfa.org or email info@alfa.org 11200 Waples Mill Road, Suite 150 Fairfax, VA 22030. 703-691-8100 Consumer Consortium on Assisted Living - www.ccal.org 2342 Oak St., Falls Church, VA 22046 703-533-8121 National Center for Assisted Living www.ncal.org/consumer/index.cfm 201 L St., NW, Washington, DC 20005 202-842-4444 American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging - www.aahsa.org 2519 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008-1520. 202-783-2242 The American Seniors Housing Association - www.seniorshousing.org 5100 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Suite 307 Washington, DC 20016. 202-237-0900

Home Modification Eldercare Locator - www.eldercare.gov/ eldercare/Public/resources/fact_sheets/home_mod.asp

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The Eldercare Locator offers a fact sheet on the full range of home modification issues and resources, including how to determine needs and identify costs and where to go for additional information. 800-677-1116 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) - www.nahb.org/directory.aspx?sectionI D=686&directoryID=188 NHAB provides a web-based directory of Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists. The directory enables consumers to find remodelers or contractors who specialize in modifying homes to make them safer and more comfortable for older adults. 800-368-5242 Nat’l Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification (NRCSHHM) - www.homemods.org A clearinghouse of information and materials that promotes aging-in-place and independent living for adults of all ages and abilities. 213-740-1364 Rebuilding Together www.rebuildingtogether.org A national volunteer organization focused on the home repair and improvement needs of lower income homeowners. A search tool is available to identify local assistance. 800-4-REHAB-9 (800-473-4229)

Housing Options Administration on Aging (AoA) – U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (DHHS) www.aoa.gov/eldfam/Housing/Housing.asp The online “Elders and Families” section offers a quick reference for older persons and their caregivers, on housing choices and a variety of aging-related topics. 202-619-0724 AARP - www.aarp.org/families/housing_choices Provides an assessment tool to help determine housing needs for older adults, as well as additional information and materials. 888-OUR-AARP 888-687-2277 U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) - www.hud.gov/groups/seniors.cfm Provides a range of information to help older adults make informed choices about housing options and financial assistance resources. 202-708-1112

Legal Assistance American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Law and Aging www.abanet.org/aging/resources/statemap.shtml The ABA Commission on Law and Aging provides a listing of state-wide resources available to help older persons with law-related issues. 202-662-8690

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Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) – U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) www.hud.gov/offices/fheo/index.cfm This office administers and enforces federal laws and establishes policies that ensure that all Americans have equal access to the housing of their choice. It provides information about housing rights for older adults and for persons with disabilities. 202-708-1112

Mortgage Financing AARP - www.aarp.org/money/revmort AARP offers information on the range of issue and concerns regarding reversed mortgages, including a guide to compare options and a quick mortgage loan calculator. 888-OUR-AARP (888-687-2277) National Reverse Mortgage Leaders Association - www.reversemortgage.org Provides information and materials to help consumers understand reverse mortgages, determine when they are a good option and find a local lender for assistance.

Nursing Homes Medicare - www.medicare.gov/NHCompare Nursing Home Compare is a tool that provides detailed information about the past performance of every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country. 1-800-MEDICARE (800-633-2273) The National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR) www.nccnhr.org Provides guidance in selecting a quality nursing home and protecting residents’ rights. 202-332-2275 National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC) - www.nsclc.org/publications/index_html The guide, Baby Boomer’s Guide to Nursing Home Care, explains the many laws protecting nursing home residents and gives practical advice on how residents and their families can obtain the best nursing home care possible. Nat’l Center on Senior Transportation www.seniortransportation.net The Nation’s go-to resource for senior transportation information, research, and development is administered by Easter Seals, Inc. in partnership with the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, and with guidance from the U.S. Administration on Aging. 866.582.NCST (6278)

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The World We Live In By Tiffany C. Huggins, Med, NCC, LPC; Bereavement Counselor, Hospice & Community Care, Rock Hill, SC.

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Times are hard…… parents dealing with the overwhelming burden of making ends meet on one income, families trying to come to a consensus about a loved one’s healthcare needs, children coping with peer pressure, academic burn-out, and busy after school schedules, employers who are working more, getting paid less, yet the bills are remaining the same. Yes, times are hard, and even though your situation may not be as described above, you can probably identify with the 75 percentile of adults who report experiencing mild to high levels of stress (American Psychological Association). We all experience stress. It is a part of life and for some it gives us drive and adrenaline to accomplish goals. But for others, it is more of a health risk leading to physical, mental, and emotional complications when not handled with appropriately or in a timely fashion. It seems as though stress is a common topic in many conversations, as many people have to embrace a few more responsibilities than they have in the past. Unfortunately, there are so many individuals and families that are suffering from stress and do not know it; and for those that do realize they are stressed, they do not know how to manage it. Stress will always be a part of life, but we can minimize the affect it has on us if we take the time to pay attention to the signs. For more information on stress management --especially the effect it can have on those who are mourning a loss, please contact Hospice & Community Care at 803-329-1500 or 800-895-CARE. Additional resources about managing grief can be found on our website at http://www. HospiceCommunityCare.org/Community_ Griefwords.php

You May Be Stressed if you:

• have trouble concentrating on tasks

• have outburst of anger or sadness that is uncharacteristic of you any other time

• e  xperience body aches in your head, neck, or back

• feel fatigued

• notice a change in your bowel activity (diarrhea, frequent urination, etc.)

• have trouble going to sleep at night or staying asleep during the night

• increase  your consumption of alcohol, smoking, and drug intake (prescription medication included)

• consistent  irritability, uneasiness, or anxiety

• impulsive behaviors

Ways You Can Help Yourself:

• Get  Centered: whatever your religious beliefs, take time to tap into your spirituality before you start your day.

• Invest  in “Me Time:” Everyday do something for yourself. You deserve it!

• Know  your Limits: Feel free to say “no” to people and activities that you do not have the time or energy to commit to.

• Break  it down: prioritize what needs to be done in hourly increments and check them off your list as you go.

• Get  Active: exercise or any physical activity is a great way to release your “feel good” hormones, called endorphins

• Think Positive: you are what you think.

• Talk  it Out: Find someone you trust to share with.

• Know your resources: Research the groups or organizations that are in your community that may be able to assist you.

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Listings Support Groups Alzheimer’s HarborChase of Rock Hill 2nd Tuesday of Every month. 1611 Constitution Blvd. Rock Hill, SC 29732 Christine DiNardo 803-981-6855

Adult Care/Nursing Home Community Advisory Comm.-Council on Aging PO Box 185, Monroe, NC 28111 704-289-1797, 704-289-5502

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP 2nd Thursday of Every Month At: Senior Helpers, 9081 Northfield Drive, Fort Mill/Indian Land, SC 29707 (In the Perimeter 521 Commerce Park-behind Di Dee’s Diner off Hwy 521) For more information contact: Seth Zamek 803-548-6766 or 888-457-1293

Social Services The Family Caregiver Support program, authorized through the Older Americans Act, is administered in Mecklenburg County by the Dept. of Social Services. Services are available to provide some respite, short term and temporary, which will give some relief to caregivers who are taking care of their older loved one at home. The form of respite might be in home services, adult day care or brief institutional respite. All services are based on the caregiver’s need and a wide range of supplemental services is available. We also offer support groups for grandparents raising grandchildren. Call 704-432-1111

Home Care Services Non-Medical Home Care for all ages

Natalia K. Feely, RN (803) 810-2060 office | (803) 810-6017 fax

www.tlcyourway.com

Kathleen Neill, RN, BSN

420 S. Herlong Ave. , Suite 104 Rock Hill, SC 29732 803-328-2141 (office) | 803-327-9256

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