February 2017 Vol. 43, No. 2
Published by The Daily Herald and Senior Services of Snohomish County
Connecting with Black History Month
Contact your lawmakers about health programs
Learning the value of living in the moment
Time-travel with those experiencing memory loss
New book eases older adults into yoga
Columns Elder Info. . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Savvy Senior . . . . . . . . . . 3 Nutrition . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Volunteer Connections. . 6 Tech Talk . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Wander the Web. . . . . . . 8
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A Senior Services of Snohomish County crew repaired problems at Delanie Allen’s Monroe home. (Photo by Megan Brown)
Home repair program helps senior homeowners in need By Megan Brown When Delanie Allen’s sewer backed up in July 2016, she panicked. The 63-year-old Monroe resident had lived in her house for only seven months. Purchasing it had depleted almost all of her savings, and she didn’t have money set aside for a repair bill. “It was going to cost thousands of dollars,” said Allen, who has physical disabilities. Allen remembered a friend telling her about Senior Services of Snohomish County. She contacted the Everett-based organization, which offers home repairs for low-income seniors. “They put me at the top of the list,” Allen said. “They were just awesome.” It took less than two weeks for the crew to complete sewer repairs in her home. Dale Miller is the director of the
Senior Services of Snohomish County Home Repair Program. “We do whatever it takes to keep seniors in their home, and keep them safe,” said Miller. “That goes across the board from changing light bulbs to doing major sewer projects and shower conversions.” During their repairs, the Senior Services crew workers performed a routine safety check on the house. They noticed that Allen’s bathroom had a free-standing bathtub. That’s a hazardous situation for Allen, who has impaired mobility. “I was always scared to death I was going to fall,” said Allen. Miller agreed. “She had a large step to get into the tub, and she’s not able to safely get in and out in that situation,” Miller said. “That’s where I evaluate it and make the decision to replace it with a shower pan.”
In December 2016, the crew returned to install a more handicap-accessible bathtub. Allen was surprised to hear from Senior Services so soon. “I was doing errands, and all of a sudden they called one day and said, “We’re here!”’ Allen said. “I said, ‘You’re what?’” They finished Allen’s new bathroom within days. Minor Home Repair is just one branch of the Senior Services umbrella. Senior Services also offers meal delivery, mental health counseling and transportation services. The organization is run by staff and volunteers. The main office is located on 11627 Airport Road B in Everett. Allen, once a successful wholesale mortgage lender, never expected that she’d be receiving help from Senior CONTINUED ON PAGE 9
Outlook uncertain for newly tightened nursing home rules By Cheryl M. Keyser Revisions to nursing home regulations — in most cases, consumer friendly — were issued by Medicare toward the end of 2016, and already some advocacy groups are concerned
that they may be repealed. The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, a respected organization dealing with issues of concern to nursing home residents, issued a warning to that effect. If any such action is taken, however, there
are certain deadlines which must be met. Under legislation known as the Congressional Review Act (CRA), the two Houses of Congress are given specific time frames for instituting such a repeal. The Senate has 60 legislative
days, which started Jan. 24, and the House of Representatives clock started ticking on Jan. 31. For a repeal to be successful, it must pass by a two-thirds vote in both houses. CONTINUED ON PAGE 10
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1. Declutter your physical environment. Physical clutter can lead to mental clutter, bombarding the mind with excessive stimuli, forcing the brain to work overtime. Physical clutter signals the brain that there is always something that needs to be done, which is mentally exhausting. Declutter your physical space and you’ll discover your mind is decluttered as well. 2. Let go of the past. Easy to say, not always easy to do. Negative situations and thoughts from our past can stick with us like Velcro. We keep a large cabinet of mental drawers filled with mistakes, missed opportunities, fears, expectations, hurts and worries. It has yet to be proven that worrying and focusing on the past
a negative. Spend five minutes every day to note at least five things you CONTINUED ON PAGE 9
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The value of mindfulness ELDER INFO Have a question? We have an answer! By Cynthia Nowowiejski, MSW Aging and Disability Resource Specialist Q: I have experienced significant stresses in my life recently and have developed high blood pressure. I am concerned about my heart health. What activities could help decrease my stress and heart disease risk? A: Stress is your body’s natural alarm system. It releases a hormone called adrenaline that causes your breathing to quicken and your heart rate and blood pressure to rise. Stress, over a long period of time, can have an impact on your overall health, including your heart. To keep your heart in tip top shape, pay attention to your body’s needs. Key indicators for a healthy heart include having normal blood pressure, cholesterol and fasting glucose levels; having a good body mass index (BMI), exercising regularly, and eating vegetables and fruits. Practicing mindfulness: Taking a few minutes to relax each day could help lower your risk of heart disease. You may have heard of “mindfulness,” a practice in which people learn to be more aware of
every moment. Mindfulness meditation has been linked to lower emotional and chemical stress levels: The abilities to ease depression and anxiety; and to reduce arthritis pain, asthma, risk of Alzheimer’s disease and cardiovascular disease. A study conducted at Brown University revealed that being mindful could have a positive impact on your heart health. People who scored high on the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale were 83 percent more likely to fit the American Heart Association’s profile of heart health compared to those who were less mindful. Mindfulness can be done simply, every day. Mindfulness is an individualized approach, so that you can feel comfortable with your own practice. You may want to follow a guided meditation for 5-10 minutes a day. Mindfulness groups: Senior Services offers two Mindfulness Groups in Snohomish County: ■■ Center for Healthy Living, 4100 Alderwood Mall Blvd., Suite 1, Lynnwood. 1-2 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays. ■■ Stillaguamish Senior Center, 18308 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington. 9:50-10:50 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays. The contact person for both groups is certified counselor Carol Teichgrab, 425-740-3793.
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Talk to representatives about health programs By Steve McGraw Senior Services of Snohomish County For 43 years, Senior Services of Snohomish County has delivered high-quality service with great personalized compassion to vulnerable seniors and people with disabilities. We do this day after day, year after year, with dedication. Through daily action we have been advocates for those we serve. As the number of seniors grow significantly in our community now and in the years ahead, we feel it is important for Senior Services to be a catalyst for a collective advocate voice for the needs and for positive regard of our older citizens and people with disabilities. Now and going forward we will be more of a public voice in this advocacy and we will invite others who share these values to join us in our collective voice. At this time with pending legislative changes that will impact seniors and people with disabilities, we invite you to share your perspectives with your public leaders to ensure that adequate funding stays in place for these vulnerable citizens through Medicare, Medicaid, and not to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a simultaneous replacement. Bob Blancato, chairman of the American Society on Aging Board of Directors, has published the following talking points from the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations, a coalition of 72 national nonprofit organizations, including Senior Services of Snohomish County. You can use these points when talking to your Ssenators and representatives about preserving
these major programs. No repeal of the ACA without simultaneous replacement. If Congress votes to repeal the ACA, a replacement package that provides equivalent or improved access to affordable, quality health coverage must be included in the same legislation. No cuts to and restructuring (block granting) of Medicaid. Older people and people with disabilities account for two-thirds of Medicaid spending. The program is the primary source of funding for long-term care services and supports. Program cuts, along with block grant or per capita cap proposals would hurt people who have no alternative means of paying for essential services. Preserve Medicare for current and future older people and people with disabilities. Medicare is a huge success story, with strong support from all Americans. Please oppose Premium support or any proposal to shift more costs onto vulnerable beneficiaries or make health care far less affordable and accessible for older people and people with disabitlies. We are facing potentially significant changes to programs and services that serve millions of Americans. Please contact your senator or representative today with your concerns. Here is how to get in touch with them: https://www.usa.gov/ elected-officials Steve McGraw is CEO of Senior Services of Snohomish County.
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Embracing the ‘now’ — not the ‘what-ifs’ By Saralee Perel My eyes are bleeding. I was at my yearly routine eye exam when my doctor said, “There’s bleeding around your retina in your left eye.” I panicked and cried, “What causes that?” She didn’t know and referred me to a retina specialist. I had to have a complete physical, a ton of blood work, a heart ultrasound, an EKG and an ultra sound of my carotid arteries. The first thing that was ruled out was hypertension. In constant worry, I thought, “What if it’s my heart? What if I need eye surgery?” Then I reached the bottom line: “What if I’m going to die?” At my next appointment, the bleeding had gotten worse in my left
eye, and had spread to my right eye as well. Times between visits took months. I spent a chunk of my life lost in darkness. I’ve spent so many chunks of my life uselessly ruminating that sometimes I think I’ve lived most of my life that way. I make up scenarios, even when nothing is wrong. I vividly envision my husband, Bob, in a car crash. I “see” him in the emergency room. I wonder who I’d call first. My friend is a “think positively” person. When I told her about my eye, she said, “Everything will be fine.” I said, “You don’t know that.” You see, that’s never a given. But thinking, “I’m going blind,” isn’t a given either. So, what is the answer when I don’t
know what will happen? Hope. My bottom line cure to preoccupied thoughts is not thinking positively or negatively in the first place. I developed a new motto: “Just for today, no negative thoughts.” I must say that to myself 100 times a day. The negative thoughts still almost constantly come, but each time they do, I catch myself and say the motto. I say it not just the big things, like fires, accidents or bleeding eyes, but for all those streaming, pestering thoughts like, “My pants are a little tight.” And so, instead of picturing myself blind, I think, “I’m grateful for, right now, having such a loving husband who’s my best friend. I’m grateful for, right now, my beloved pets, a
computer that is working, my home, the honor of communicating with my readers each month.” I may not have these things tomorrow, but I do now. And “now” is the only thing I truly know. As I write this column, I still don’t know why my eyes are bleeding. Yet, I’m choosing not to spend every day filled with “what if” thoughts. The time will go by between now and my next appointment, no matter how I think. If I get dreadful news, I’ll be devastated. But at least I’ll haven’t lost yet another big chunk of my life. With my new motto, each day has been sparkling. Award-winning syndicated columnist, Saralee Perel, can be reached at sperel@SaraleePerel.com or via her website: www.SaraleePerel.com/
Talking to an older parent about dangerous driving SAVVY SENIOR By Jim Miller Q. What tips can you recommend that can help me deal with my mom’s bad driving? At age 83, her driving abilities have declined, but I know she’s determined to keep driving. Nervous Nelly Dear Nelly, Giving up driving can be a tough step for many elderly seniors, as well as a difficult conversation for concerned family members. While there’s no one way to handle this touchy topic, there are some tips and resources to help you evaluate and adjust your mom’s driving, and ease her out from behind the wheel when she can no longer drive safely. Assess her driving: First, take a ride with her and watch for problem areas. Does she drive at inappropriate speeds, tailgate or drift between
lanes? Does she have difficulty seeing, backing up or changing lanes? Does she react slowly, get confused easily or make poor decisions? Also, has your mom had any fender benders or tickets lately, or have you noticed any dents or scrapes on her vehicle? These, too, are red flags. If you need help, consider hiring a driver rehabilitation specialist who’s trained to evaluate older drivers. This typically runs between $100 and $200. Visit AOTA.org/older-driver or ADED.net to locate a specialist. Transitioning and talking: After your assessment, if you think it’s still safe for your mom to drive, see if she would be willing to take an older driver refresher course. These courses will show her how aging affects driving skills, and offer advice to help ensure her safety. Taking a class may also earn your mom a discount on her auto insurance. To locate a class contact your local AAA or AARP (888-227-7669).
Most courses cost around $20 to $30 and can be taken online or in a classroom. If, however, your assessment shows that your mom needs to stop driving, you need to have a talk with her, but don’t overdo it. If you begin with a dramatic outburst like ‘mom, you’re going to kill someone!’ you’re likely to trigger resistance. Start by simply expressing concern for her safety. For more tips on how to talk to your mom about this, the Hartford Financial Services Group and MIT AgeLab offers a variety of resources at TheHartford.com/lifetime. Click the menu tab for ‘Publications,’ and then on the ‘We Need To Talk’ guidebook. Refuses to quit: If your mom refuses to quit, you have several options. One possible solution is to suggest a visit to her doctor who can give her a medical evaluation, and if warranted, “prescribe” that she stops driving. Older people will often listen
to their doctor before they will listen to their own family. If she still refuses, contact your local Department of Motor Vehicles to see if they can help. Or, call in an attorney to discuss with your mom the potential consequences of a crash or injury. If all else fails, you may just have to take away her keys. Alternative transportation: Once your mom stops driving, she’s going to need other ways to get around, so help her create a list of names and phone numbers of family, friends and local transportation services that she can call on. To learn what transportation services are available in her area, contact the Rides in Sight (855-6074337) and the Eldercare Locator (800-677-1116), which will direct you to assistance in her area. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org.
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Black History Month offers an opportunity for connection By Louise Lindgren firstname.lastname@example.org In 1918, baby Maydrew Weliza Stewart nestled contentedly in her mother’s arms, totally unaware of the turbulence that would soon visit her young life. Nor could she have known that her grandfather, William P. Stewart, someday would be honored by the State of Washington — a portion of Highway 99 was named for him last year. Nearly a hundred years later, both Maydrew’s daughter Marilyn Quincy and her cousin Marian Harrison would tell stories of the past that are now recorded in county and state history. Maydrew’s mother, Eva, died in December 1919, leaving the small daughter with her father, Vay, who had married relatively late in life at age 43. Although he tried, eventually he was not able to care for both her and his mother, who lived with them, so at age 12 Maydrew was sent to the home of Eva’s cousin Glenna Norwood, who lived on a dairy farm in Arlington. Glenna already had seen what hard work could accomplish in spite of a poor background. She was a college graduate from Normal, Illinois, who had a degree in home economics, and she passed along valuable lessons of self-reliance to her own children and to Maydrew. One inspiration may have been her own widowed mother-in-law, Louisa Norwood Donaldson, a former slave from South Carolina who made her way to Everett and managed to own a grocery store near the Snohomish River bridge. Not only was she a successful business woman, but in 1901 she helped found Everett’s Second Baptist Church, which continues with a vibrant congregation today. In addition to her role as adoptive mother to Maydrew, Glenna Norwood had two sons and a young daughter, Marian. The girls were separated in age by 13 years, so Marian undoubtedly was in awe of her
Eva Stewart and her daughter, Maydrew, in Everett, circa 1919 or 1920. (Courtesy of Marilyn Quincy) “big sister” when Maydrew became the first black graduate of Arlington High School. The family survived the Great Depression of the 1930s without great hardship because they could raise their own food on the 62-acre farm. Marian remembers that she never felt “poor” during those years in spite of having little money. Maydrew soon married George Davis and began her own family. That helped her adjust after feeling like an orphan, not quite fitting in, for so long. Her daughter, Marilyn, was born in 1944 and grew up learning bits and pieces of her family history but nothing of her great-grandfather’s Civil War
experience. Marilyn and Marian were deeply affected by the fact that Glenna, after the death of two more sons, decided to sell the farm, move to Seattle and attend Broadway Technical School. There she became a licensed practical nurse and worked at the Veterans Hospital until retirement. Perhaps the examples set by those strong women, Louisa Donaldson, Glenna Norwood, and Maydrew Stewart, helped inspire Marilyn and Marian to search out their family histories when Snohomish County created its first Nubian Jam celebration to honor black heritage in 1993. In 2001 there was even more effort as they continued their research with
the Snohomish County Black Heritage Committee for over six months. Volunteers dug through timeworn records from courthouses, libraries and family archives to bring forth stories long buried for an exhibit for Black Heritage Month at the county courthouse. One of those stories was of Marilyn’s great grandfather, William P. Stewart, born in 1839. As free blacks he and his family left Virginia and migrated north to Wisconsin because the burdens imposed on former slaves were onerous. An example from their memorabilia is a wedding license that cost $150 in 1833. That would be the equivalent of charging $4,034 today. Imagine the outrage if that were imposed today. William P. Stewart served honorably on the side of Union troops in Company F, 29th Regiment, U.S. Colored. Any black man who fought on the side of the North ran a real risk of enslavement if they were taken prisoner, so his courage was immense. After the war he married Eliza F. Thornton and traveled west to begin farming and raise their son, Vay. They settled a mile east of Snohomish, and William became a member of the Grand Army of the Republic fraternal organization. When he died in 1907 of ongoing illness attributed to his war service, he was buried at the G.A.R. cemetery. Stewart could not have imagined that the State of Washington would see fit to name 49 miles of Highway 99 in his honor on May 17, 2016. Nor could baby Maydrew or her mother have realized how deeply coming generations would be affected by his Union Army service and the tragic early demise of his daughter-in-law, Eva. Thanks to Marilyn, Marian and all who undertake the search for family history, for it often reveals truths that we need to learn and forges connections among generations and with our broader community.
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Due to the silent nature of hypertension, routine monitoring of blood pressure through regular medical checkups is one of the most important things we can do for our health. Blood pressure is measured as two different numbers. The first (top) number refers to systolic pressure, which is the amount of pressure exerted when the heart contracts. The second (bottom) number refers to diastolic pressure, which measures the pressure of blood between heart contractions. A normal or safe range for a blood pressure reading is 120/80 mmHg or less. Alternately, hypertension is diagnosed when blood pressures are consistently elevated above 139/90 mmHg. If you are unable to regulate your blood pressure, your doctor may discuss treatment options with you — including the use of antihypertensive medications. You may
Hypertension, or persistently high blood pressure, is a common medical condition in which blood circulates through the body’s vessels at higher than normal pressures. Over time this abnormal force can cause damage to the vessels and organs, increasing the risk of stroke, heart disease, kidney failure and eye problems. Unfortunately, high blood pressure often goes ignored, largely due to its “silent” nature. Early signs of hypertension (HTN) typically cannot be seen or felt. However, it is a prevalent health problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hypertension currently affects 1 in 3 adults in the United States. Older adults are particularly vulnerable to developing high blood
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also seek the consult of a registered dietitian nutritionist who can provide individualized dietary advice to help lower your blood pressure. Although, less common, hypotension is also a concern, especially as we age. When the blood pressure gets too low it can cause dizziness and fainting, causing falls that may lead to other problems if not corrected.
How to prevent or manage blood pressure? Anyone can develop high blood pressure. However, some individuals are at higher risk than others due to unmodifiable risk factors such as age, gender, race and genetics. Fortunately, by adopting healthy lifestyle habits, many people find they can manage their blood pressure and lower the risk of associated complications. Healthy lifestyle habits that can reduce the risk of HTN include regular physical activity, smoking and alcohol cessation, reducing sodium intake, eating a CONTINUED ON PAGE 6
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By John McAlpine RSVP Program Recruiter February is a good month to start volunteering! Sponsored by Catholic Community Services, RSVP is Americas largest volunteer network for persons over 55 and the only agency where the collective contribution of the senior volunteer is recorded. RSVP exists to help volunteers 55 and older find fulfillment in their volunteer work. We match your lifetime of skills and experience to the organization of your choice. Volunteer opportunities exist all over Snohomish County. No matter where you live we can probably match you with a job.
Have you ever been inconvenienced by lack of personal transportation for a day or two? Imagine life without that luxury. How would you get to the grocery store, the doctor, the dentist? There are people in your neighborhood who live with this situation. Do you have a free morning or afternoon in your schedule? We have clients who could use your help. You must have a clean driving record (a ticket or two won’t stop you), current insurance, working lights, horn and brakes and a desire to help out. Clients enter and exit the vehicle on their own. Mileage reimbursement is provided. You pick when and where you drive. Call or email me to get started.
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BLOOD PRESSURE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 well-balanced diet and maintaining a healthy weight. A nutritious diet that is low in sodium can help regulate blood pressure. Sodium can promote fluid retention, which increases strain in the blood vessels causing blood pressure to rise. The effect of sodium on an individual varies from person to person; some have a higher tolerance for sodium while others are sodium sensitive. The standard recommendation of sodium intake is 2,300 mg per day. This amount is equivalent to one teaspoon of table salt. The recommendation for someone with
can use someone like you right now. The need to eat never goes away. People are hungry all year around. There are opportunities to volunteer all over the county. Some food banks use drivers to go out into the community and pick up food. All need help inside the food bank with repacking food, assisting clients and so on. No matter where you live a food bank near you needs help. You can get involved in Arlington, Everett (two locations), Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Marysville (two locations), Mill Creek, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Snohomish and Stanwood/Camano.
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hypertension is 1500 mg per day. When hypertension is more difficult to manage a physician may recommend antihypertensive medications. Individuals with high blood pressure may be advised to follow The DASH diet. DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension and emphasizes a healthy eating plan designed to lower high blood pressure. The DASH diet limits foods that are high in fat, sugar, and sodium. The general guidelines promote a well-rounded diet of poultry, fish, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products. One of the main focuses of avoiding foods with a high sodium content is to consume fresh foods that are high in potassium, calcium and magnesium,
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Join loved ones with memory loss on a trip back in time By Maricel Halmo CarePartners â€œMemory is a way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.â€? â€” Kevin Arnold Family and friends have special ways of reminiscing. Shared memories bubble to the surface with a knowing twinkle of an eye, and inside jokes pass with just the twitch of a lip. There are also memories about each other that remain unspoken because of that shared history, and we will never know what fond tales a loved one would share about us with a stranger. Louise, a resident at the Cottages, was excited to have a visitor. She had donned her favorite scarf and made sure her nail polish matched. As she sat across from the beautiful younger woman, she caught a hint of familiarity as she noticed a silver elephant pendant sparkling on her necklace. Louise perked up, â€œMy daughter Sarah loves to collect elephant figures and jewelry. She started gathering them when she was just 3 years old after she saw one at the zoo and her eyes lit up with such joy because it very carefully took a peanut from her outstretched hand. Every time I see an elephant I think of her and I see that look on her little faceâ€Śâ€? At the corner of her eye, a tear glistened at the memory as her mind drifted back to the cherished
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HOME REPAIR CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Services. Her modest 850-squarefoot house in Monroe was a lifestyle adjustment. She said that her former Issaquah home was a sprawling 3,500 square feet. In 2008, Allen stayed home from work with her first grandchild. After that, Allen’s life took a few dramatic turns. She took an extended sabbatical to care for her father, who died in 2009. In 2010, shortly after returning to work, she suffered from two major car accidents. “I didn’t bounce back very well after that,” she said. She lost her house later that year. “I was fighting with the bank, and lost my house, Crews also replaced a bathtub at Delanie lost all my retirement. I Allen’s home in Monroe with a shower, lost everything,” Allen said. which is safer for her because her The car accidents have mobility is limited. caused permanent hip and spine damage. Allen used her insurance settlement to buy her home in Monroe. She had been living in a motel when she drove by the listing, a grey house encircled by leafy-green bushes and a white picket fence. She put in an offer, and moved in several months later. A house of her own and a burden lifted by Senior Services have given Allen a new lease on life. In December 2016, she started driving for Uber. “I’m not sitting around feeling sorry for myself anymore,” she said. “I’m having a great time.”
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 are grateful for. Gratitude is appreciating what you have and saying that it is enough. Taking time to consider your blessings will help bring balance to your life. Some ideas can be as simple as time with a friend, the smile your pet puts on your face, homemade cookies, a child’s laughter, appreciating a fresh rain, or colors in nature. 4. Write it down. You don’t need to keep everything stored in your brain. Keep paper and pen on your night stand and write thoughts down instead of letting the chatter in your mind keep you awake. Whatever tool you choose be it an online tool, an app or a simple pad of paper consider it a storage device for all the pieces of information you need to remember, such as appointments, phone numbers, to-do lists, and so on. 5. Laugh. Laughter has been proven to be the best medicine for relieving stress. Don’t take yourself so seriously and laugh more often. It lightens your emotional load and frees your mind, bringing balance because laughter is presence. Watch comedies, spend time with funny friends or play with your grandkids or pets. 6. Limit your media intake. Start really paying attention to the “noise” that you let seep into your eyes and ears. Ask yourself if it is benefitting your life in any way. Too much information can clog up the brain. This includes the information that you take in each day by reading newspapers, watching TV, participating
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NURSING HOMES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 As yet, there has been no indication on the part of the new administration to take any such measures. Consumer Voice and other advocacy groups are especially concerned about this possibility because these new regulations cover a number of positive steps that have been long fought for. With an aging population, nursing homes are vital for patients who need both acute and chronic care. For many years, state inspectors were the only ones to examine these facilities, but instead of concentrating on patient care, they basically looked at the construction and physical safety, becoming known as a “bricks and mortar” inspection. Over the years, advocates have insisted on more personalized care for residents, a better living environment, and a recognition of their rights. In the latter case, for instance, one of the most notable addition to nursing home oversight has been the introduction of the ombudsman program, which focuses on protecting the needs of this
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New book eases older adults into yoga Plagued by stiff or painful joints as we age, some of us consider yoga. We sign up for a “gentle” yoga class but find ourselves pushing too hard to keep up, feeling inadequate, becoming more rigid instead of more relaxed. So we try a yoga video, which we can do alone at home. But there’s still that incredibly flexible teacher on the screen, effortlessly making us feel tense and clumsy. In contrast, there’s something
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Music YoUHEAL is a program that uses music-based activities to address cognitive, emotional, behavioral, developmental, neurological and other psychiatric needs. This program is implemented by board certified music therapists who have received the education and training necessary to design and implement music therapy treatments. Based on over fifty years of clinical researh, music therapy is used to help elderly individuals treat and cope with aging-related disorders, including Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, stroke, and depression. Benefits include the following:
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Social Service Coordinator and Community Manager One bedroom and studio apts. Laundry facilities on site Community room with kitchen and outdoor patio for recreation and entertainment Access-controlled building and emergency alert system All units are wheelchair accessible Close to shopping and services Income restrictions apply Pets welcome
Free Consultation A free consultation is provided to help determine how music therapy can help you or your loved one improve their quality of life. We are a fee-for-service facility, however, insurance reimbursement may be available to those with a referral from a physician. Contact the Snohomish County Music Project for a free consultation:
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