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SuperFoodS For diabeteS #2 of the

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Goals for Focus On the best sunny day, the most powerful magnifying glass will not light paper if you keep moving the glass. But if you focus and hold it, the paper will light up. That is the power of concentration. A man was traveling and stopped at an intersection. He asked an elderly man, “Where does this road take me?” The elderly person asked, “Where do you want to go?” The man replied, “I don’t know.” The elderly person said, “Then take any road. What difference does it make?” How true. When we don’t know where we’re going, any road will take us there.

Suppose you have eleven football players, enthusiastically ready to play the game, all charged up, and then someone takes the goal post away. What would happen to the game? There is nothing left. How do you keep score? Enthusiasm without direction is like a wildfire and leads to frustration. Goals give a sense of direction. Would you sit on a train or a plane without knowing where it was going? The obvious answer is no. Then why do people go through life without having any goals?

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Table of Contents Superfoods for Diabetes #2 Beets /Page 4 Word Search /Page 5 Read It Again Grandma /Page 6 by Miriam Hulett EVENTS /Page 7 brought to you by: Comprehensive Care Coordination Elizabeth Moss /Page 8 by Marelia Rocasco 7 Tips to a Successful Weight Loss Plan /Page 12 Do You Know the ABCDE’s of Skin Cancer? /Page 14

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Contributing Writers Jessica Valenzuela, Miriam Hulett, Mary Bounds, Michelle Carollo

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Is a Will Really that

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Probably, yes. If you want to decide how your assets are distributed upon your death, then a Will is absolutely necessary. Did you know more than half of adults in the United States don’t have any Estate Planning documents in effect when they die? Estate Planning documents include the Last Will and Testament, the Revocable Living Trust, the Durable Power of Attorney for Asset Management, and the Advance Care Directive (combines the Living Will and Healthcare Power of Atorney). Some or all of these documents make up an individual or married couple’s Estate Plan.

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he most common and probably the most familiar is the Last Will and Testament. Commonly, a “Will” is a document that controls the distribution of your assets at your death. Your Will names an Executor to carry out your instructions after your passing, most often through Probate. If you do not have a Will (or Trust) in place at your death, the state where you lived at the time of your death decides how your assets are distributed. Each state has a set of statutes that will determine how a person’s property is divided up at their death if the individual did not have a Will. Many people have ideas for the distribution of their assets after their death. Without a Will in place, those specific plans are meaningless. For example, imagine a married couple with two adult children and the dad passes away without a Will. Everyone in the family knows that dad wanted mom to receive all of dad’s assets so that she would be taken care of for the rest of her life. Under Tennessee law, mom may only be entitled to a third of dad’s estate with each of the children receiving a third. If there was a Will, dad could have left his estate to mom, but without a Will, the state determines the distribution. At Lodestone Legal Group we are here to help with all of your Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust Administration needs. Contact us today to set up your free initial consultation. Mention this column in Senior Living and receive a 10% discount on the preparation of a Will or Trust Package.

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Nutrition March August 2017 2016

Superfoods for Diabetes, a Series The beetroot is the taproot portion of the beet plant, commonly referred to as the beet, table beet, garden beet, red beet, or golden beet. Beets have a deep history dating back over 4,000 years and found in the Mediterranean region. It is said that they were transported to Babylon and by the 9th century AD they were commonly found Chinese cuisine. The beet belongs to the Chenopodiaceous family.

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The Beet So what’s so SUPER about Beets? Beets are considered a superfood because they have such a wide range of health benefits. There dynamic make up includes vitamins, minerals, and organic compounds like carotenoids, lutein/ zeaxanthin, glycine, betaine, dietary fiber, vitamin C, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus, and anthocyanins. They are very low in calories, with no cholesterol. Diabetics must use caution because they do have the highest sugar content of all vegetables.

Health Benefits of Beets The health benefits of beets can be attributed to their richness in vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. In addition to fighting diabetes, Beets are beneficial in treatment of:

This superfood can be added to salads, soups, or even pickled. Beets have also been used as a substitute for cane sugar. With their beautiful deep red/purple color they are frequently used to dress up a dish. How to buy: Beets should be purchased when firm and the greens attached. (Note the greens are edible). They will last up to a week in the refrigerator. How to prepare: When you are ready to cook them wash them thoroughly to remove any dirt. Roasting is one of the easiest ways to cook beets. This will also bring out the natural sweetness. Remove all but an inch of the stem. Place them in a baking pan with a small amount of water to cover the bottom. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and roast at 400-450 degrees. Once beets are cooled the skin will be easy to peel. Slice or cube the beets and add them to your salad, or have by themselves with olive oil and goat cheese.

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Indigestion Constipation Dandruff Anemia Kidney disorders

Gall bladder disorders Cancer Heart disease Cataracts

Macular Degeneration Poor blood circulation Respiratory Ailments Liver Ailments

Did you know?? Natures Viagra… Beets can be a sexual booster. Beets have been considered an aphrodisiac for thousands of years. The mineral boron is also found in beets, this has been shown to boost the production of sexual hormones, which can lead to a boost in libido. Beets can boost your energy levels. They contain a significant amount of carbohydrates that converts to fuel for energy. Carbohydrates are the natural building blocks of energy metabolism, and beets provide them without any of the negative side effects that other carbohydrates foods offer. Researchers have also noticed that oxygen uptake is increased by people who drink beet juice due to the high nitrate content. While beets are not seen as a go to sports drink, they can help to increase stamina for exercise.


Word Search Happy St. Partrick’s Day from Senior Living! May the luck of the Irish help you find these words in the word scramble to the right...

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Read It Again, Grandma By: Miriam Hulett

If you are privileged to be a grandparent, you’ve heard “Read it again, Grandma” or Grandpa many times. Why do children ask for books to be repeated? The obvious reason is that they like the story. However, the story itself is just the beginning. Children love the sound of repetition and they find security in the familiar. The experience of sitting close to a grandparent and having their attention focused on the child is very rewarding to both the child and the grandparent. A positive relationship is being formed during this time. This positive relationship is one of the emotional and social health benefits of reading to a child. Some children’s books help them recognize and deal with their own emotions and the emotions of others. This is another step toward emotional and social health. Reading to young children leads to later success in school. A positive school experience helps build a positive self-image. This is also a key building block of good emotional health. Reading helps develop a child’s imagination - another step toward emotional health. Although it may not seem logical, a highly developed imagination

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helps promote school success. A strong imagination opens the mind to possibilities and to a hunger for knowledge. We all know that reading at any age expands our knowledge and understanding of our world. Reading also develops a larger vocabulary and can assist children with learning the correct pronunciation of new vocabulary words. “Reading” picture books to infants begins this vocabulary development. It is never too early to begin reading to children. Infants enjoy the cadence and sound of the human voice. As soon as they are able to focus, they enjoy the pictures in a simple picture book. Children love to learn new things. When Grandma or Grandpa point to the picture of the dog and say “dog-woof, woof ” the baby likes the sound and is learning a new word. The enjoyment of being read to goes beyond young children. Continue to read to your grandchildren as long as they will listen. Even adults enjoy listening to a talented story reader. This article has discussed many of the emotional, social and education benefits of reading to grandchildren. These are all valid, but the best part of reading is that it’s just plain fun.


NEWS RELEASE Co-Authors Publish A New Book for Children AVAILABLE NOW

This is a delightful, educational story for young children based on the true experiences of Phoebe the ‘possum. Phoebe was raised and cared for by co-author Janis Murphy while she was a docent at the Central Florida Zoo. In addition to information about ‘possums, this story teaches about relationships, acceptance, and family. It also helps young children recognize and deal with their emotions. Janis has been an animal rescuer her entire life. She lives with her husband Jim, 14 cats and 3 dogs in southern Florida. Janis shared the story of Phoebe with Miriam during her vacation trip in the winter of 2016. After much conversation and many emails, Miriam agreed to co-author the book, and write the story geared to young children aged 2-8. Miriam is also an animal lover and adopted a golden cocker from a no kill dog sanctuary near their home. Miriam is an early childhood specialist with a Masters Degree in Education. She lives on the farm where she grew up in central Michigan with her husband, John and their dog, Goldie. Phoebe Flies Away is beautifully illustrated by Stephanie St. Denis and is published in hard cover with 24 pages by “Possum Publishing”. It is available to purchase from the authors. At selected retailers, selected book stores, gift shops and Amazon.com. PRODUCT PRICES $13.99 – Phoebe Flies Away Book $11.99 – Phoebe Stuffed Animal $23.98 - Phoebe Book & Animal Set SHIPPING AND HANDLING $2.75 – Phoebe Flies Away Book $6.75 – Phoebe Set Checks welcome and Credit Cards are available through PayPal

Phoebe Flies Away is published Possum Publishing, 251 Fry Terrance SE, Port Charlotte FL 33952.

For inquires, interviews, guest appearances, book signings and co-author readings, contact: John Hulett Power Zone Agency, 12227 Keefer Highway, Sunfield MI 48890, Phone- 616.481.7833 or jmhulett@gmail.com

EVENTS! Tuesday, March 7th Senior Bingo Series 1:30 – 3:30pm Eastern Flank Event Facility 1368 Eastern Flank Circle Franklin, TN 37064 Saturday-Sunday, March 25-26th Spring Hill Lawn and Garden Show 9am – 4pm Rippavilla Plantation ($5 admission) Monday, March 27-Sunday, April 2 Mule Day 1018 Maury County Park Dr, Columbia, TN 38401 Visit www.muleday.org for full schedule of events Saturday, March 29th Williamson County Parks and Recreation offers Senior Day Trips! Tour of Cheekwood - Time: 7:45am-3:30pm Longview; 8:15am-3pm Nolensville; 8:45am-2:30pm Franklin Cost: $37 (Price includes tour and transpor tation; Lunch is Dutch treat) All trip registrations will need to go through the Franklin Recreation Complex. Let us know about any events you have coming up by emailing events@seniorlivingtn.com This month’s events listings brought to you by: Comprehensive Care Coordination http://comprehensivecarecoordination.com/


Elizabeth Moss article by Marelia Rocasco

Elizabeth Moss fell in love at age 36 with some unlikely sweethearts—the elderly. • And it wasn’t just because Elizabeth’s caregiving included the illustrious Minnie Pearl. Though everyone loved the woman who appeared at the Grand Ole Opry for 50 years, and whose memorable humor and backward charm delighted Elizabeth as well. Elizabeth’s heart had been stolen long before Minnie came along. Elizabeth Moss always viewed each one in her care as no less important or valuable than a celebrity. • That conclusion didn’t come about during her first experience in healthcare as a candy striper at age 11. “In fact, that was a bad experience,” recounts Elizabeth with a laugh. Though reason would conclude that it would be her last association with caring for aged patients, yet Elizabeth still wanted to be a nurse. • Realizing that the LPN degree awarded at the end of her training would open the door to what she thought would be her match-- working with adolescents in a drug treatment facility--Elizabeth took a course at a nursing home as part of her training. It was there—in that place and in those residents that her heart found home. She never looked back.


“It’s funny, because there were no nurses in my family. The closest thing to a career in healthcare was my grandmother’s job in an orthopedics office,” Elizabeth recalls. Her mom was a secretary. However, it was her mom’s influence that helped shape the holistic approach she would later use to transform the then-existing model of care for seniors and bring a new approach to her own company. “I was raised to look at a person as a whole person; that we are not just physical beings, but we are emotional and spiritual beings as well. My mom learned to care for herself in natural ways; she uses medicinal herbs, essential oils, she fed us a plant-based diet. Mom found a natural doctor who was my doctor my whole life growing up. He knew me personally, emotionally, and physically. I don’t ever remember being sick. I grew up to respect the spiritual aspect as well; the need for quiet, nurture, time alone, and prayer. Also, the importance of talking through issues.” As Elizabeth continued, I realized that her “whole person” philosophy reflected in her demeanor and her appearance. She pauses thoughtfully before answering a question, but behind the steady gaze and bright eyes, lies a quiet strength; a gentle power and energy. Her interest is authentic. She listens carefully. Yet she is quick to enjoy and share the humor that was still going strong in her most well-known client during Minnie Pearl’s last years: “At my age it’s a pleasure to be anywhere.” source: http://www.jokes4us.com/peoplejokes/comedianjokes/minniepearljokes.html

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remaining one of the three that were the first in Nashville to offer senior care, and hers the first to approach it holistically. In fact, the emblem of her company, Caregivers by WholeCare, entwines three hearts enclosed by a circle, an apt visual of her mission: to consider the spiritual, emotional, and physical person when determining care needs. She appreciates sincere care and a wholeness approach wherever she finds it, even if it’s herself, unexpectedly, as happened while she visited her mother in Phoenix. At the time, she was her mom’s active caregiver. But while there, a personal experience where she needed an emergency surgery resulted in the surgeon overseeing her care. He became her point of contact, followed up often, and encouraged her to take time to heal emotionally as well as physically. Reassured that there are those in a traditional setting who embrace this powerful approach to treating a person as a human being, not a medical issue, strengthened her convictions. Experiencing the benefit firsthand as a patient receiving whole care, she understood more than ever that this approach promotes faster healing, and makes room for a less stressful journey to wellness. Another unforeseen benefit emerged: “I learned so much about myself. I knew then that my goal would be to have those in my care feel cared about, as well as cared for.” Not content to create this just for clients, she’s determined to improve the caregivers’ lives as well. “I want to see the word ‘sitter’ removed from the lingo. I want to increase the professionalism of the industry, because when you treat someone as a professional, they “She was really funny, but more step up to it. I think people think than that, very sweet—and bright. I learned a lot of Nashville history from caregiving is easy. I tell them, if you her, and from all of the other women don’t love it, don’t do it.” So for the last 20 years the and men I cared for.” ‘wholecare’ philosophy has extended It’s not surprising that Elizabeth all the way through, from staff to remarked on more than the humor management: by matching the right which drew the public to Minnie. Elizabeth considers herself a learner, caregiver with the client, seeing the client as a person (not a number), even though her agency is the only

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granting dignity and professionalism to the caregiving position, and by caring for employees personally, “helping them achieve their own goals and dreams—I found my love later in life. Why wouldn’t I want to give other people that chance as well?” Which is why she chose the ampersand sign—the AND—as an insignia that hangs on her wall, and that everyone sees. It’s there to remind employees that they won’t get the “you’re doing a great job BUT—“. Instead, they will hear of what is positive, followed by “…AND we can work on improving____”. This attention to affirming employees, even in verbal interaction, puts everyone at WholeCare inside the circle of hearts. Who would have known that this wife, mother of 2, and grandmother of 4 from Richardson, Texas would find her nursing calling fulfilled by owning a business serving people in the latter years of their lives? “I’ve been able to live my dream and transfer what I learned at home to make a difference in people’s lives. Focusing on whole care built this, grew it, and will continue it.” What’s left? “I’d love to buy an RV and see the country, travel to Greece and Bali. But first, I’m always wanting to reach out to the community and keep improving”. Someone looking back to Elizabeth’s girlhood may realize the connection between what she does now and what she collected from the time she was little: hearts. Looks like Elizabeth Moss was destined to nurture them.

Elizabeth Moss Title: Chief Care Officer, and Founder Company: Caregivers by Wholecare Services: Technology, Transportation, Caregiving, and Care Management Employees: 100 –120 Year founded: 1997 Location: Green Hills/Nashville and Franklin


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Tips to a Successful m a r g o r P s s o L t h ig e W Typically with a most types of weight loss programs. What we often see is the struggle to stick with this new beginning. Here are a few ways we can successfully start and have a higher chance of adhering to this new beginning! First Tip: Be realistic! Don’t just pick a way out there goal because it sounds great. For example: “I want to give up all junk food because I need to lose 35lbs.” However, is this realistic? That means date night with the husband /wife, or girls/guy night out may come to a screeching hault. That means no sweet dessert on valentine’s day. No ice cream for you after your kid just won their basketball season and all the parents and kids are headed to the local creamery. Perhaps set a realistic goal of cutting back 75%-80% of these types of food with a goal of losing 35lbs before the next new year. Second Tip: Once you have your goal, break it down into steps. This helps to simplify things. It keeps the “big” picture from not overwhelming you. Sticking with the original goal in step one, from here you can even break it down to so many lbs. per month with a 80% clean diet. Once you see these monthly steps are being achieved or coming within a close range, you will be eager to take on the next month. Third Tip:

Make lists! A list of healthy food choices, healthy snacks can make your market trip much more simplified. A list will also keep you focused and less likely to veer off course. Walking into the market without a plan can sometimes leave us buying unnecessary items. If you know of a trigger food item for you, make sure to keep it off your list.

Fourth Tip: Keep a food diary or track food through a fitness app. This type of tracking will help you to see in numbers exactly what you’re consuming. We can often tend to eat a little extra of this or little more of that not realizing how much those little extras add up. Fifth Tip:

Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to seek the help of a professional in case you are unsure what kinds of food are the most nutrient dense for you or roughly how many calories you should be consuming in order to keep your body fueled and still lose the weight you want to. Do some research and find a reputable nutritionist to help you.

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Surround yourself with people that will support you. It can be known that when one embarks a fitness/health journey, their friends may stray. The good news is you will meet new like minded people that have walked a similar path as you. This is a positive new journey with no room for negativity.

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Last but not least, be kind to yourself. It’s ok to have a scoop of your favorite ice cream or a piece of your favorite chocolate every now and then. This is not a race to the finish line. This is life, things will arise in your life that will make you struggle. When this happens, get back up, brush it off and go forward again.

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