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fore an event begins, put yourself in your senior’s shoes. Do you have difficulty walking? Do you have trouble remembering names? Plan ahead to make adjustments that can rectify the situation to make it more amenable. It can be as simple as moving some furniture and making name tags. Tips to help seniors enjoy Oh the memories: Holithe holidays: days are all about the memCareful Planning: Be- ories- for any age. Often the The holidays can be a wonderful time of year, especially when families and friends get together to share the old times and the new. Yet for seniors, the joy of the gatherings and the season in general can be a mixed bag of eager anticipation and additional stress.
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holidays are one of the few times of the year when younger family members can hear about days gone by. Entice seniors to share their stories and experiences. Help spur the conversation by having picture albums, family videos, music, even vintage clothing or household items to help those memories come out. H ow m u c h i s t o o much: Many seniors live in
environments that are relatively quiet, with a limited amount of activity in a day. Think about how much stimulation may be in your environment and limit the amount of activities or time seniors are involved in them. Loud family gatherings can be a bit much, so a quiet place to sit down may be a good refuge. Don’t move a thing: If a
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the Judaic, Christian, and Islamic faiths also used frankincense oils to anoint the young. It has also been used in alternative medicine as a stomach aid. Ancient Egyptians used charred frankincense to make kohl, or the eye makeup distinctive of that region. Myrrh is another tree resin and it comes from the Commiphora species. Myrrh was commonly used as a healing agent, especially an antiseptic. Ancient Greek soldiers carried it to treat and clean wounds earned in battle. Egyptians burned myrrh as part of rituals. It is also another substance burned during religious ceremonies. Myrrh was also used in the embalming process in ancient times. Historians and religious scholars say that the gifts given to Jesus by the three kings were quite appropriate. The gold represented his royalty, the frankincense his divinity and the myrrh his future death. On Three Kings Day many people take down holiday decorations and officially call an end to the Christmas season. They may also exchange small gifts symbolic of the epiphany. — Metro Creative Services
“The nativity angel my son made for me when he was little. It’s so old now that it’s in horrible shape!” — Diane of Oakhurst
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elatin salads are often considered old-fashioned, but great flavor is never out of style. Besides, old-fashioned can also be part of our holiday traditions, and we love our traditions this time of year! When you set your dinner table for family and guests this Christmas season, give this tangy-sweet gelatin salad a place of honor, as it will be sure to please.
Cranberry gelatin salad 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped 1 /2 cup apples, diced 3 /4 cup celery, diced 2 small boxes cherry gelatin 1 can whole cranberry sauce 2 1/2 cups hot water
1. Mash whole cranberry sauce well. Mix with water and gelatin till smooth; allow to cool. 2. Add celery, apples and nuts. Pour into mold and chill.
White chocolate cranberry shortbread cookies These cookies combine the sweet tenderness of white chocolate and buttery shortbread with the tangy bite of dried cranberries. Santa will be very pleased to find a plate of these when he visits your house this year! Be sure to make a few extra for yourself and everyone else, as these treats will disappear fast. 1
/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature 1 /4 cup granulated white sugar 1 /2 tsp. vanilla extract
/4 cup flour /4 cup fine yellow cornmeal (sometimes called cornmeal pastry flour) 1 tblsp. rice flour or cornstarch 1 /8 tsp. salt 1 /3 cup dried cranberries (or cherries) 1 /4 cup white chocolate chips or chunks 1
1. Preheat oven to 300 and place oven rack in center of oven. Have ready one 8-inch (20 tart pan with a removable bottom. 2. In bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat butter and sugar until smooth (about 2 minutes). Beat in vanilla. 3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, rice flour and salt. Add mixture to butter and sugar mixture and beat just until mixed. Fold in
dried cranberries and white chocolate chips. 4. Press the shortbread dough evenly into the tart pan. Prick surface of shortbread with a fork to prevent shortbread from puffing up. Then, using a sharp knife, score the top of shortbread into 12 even pieces. 5. Sprinkle a little sugar on top of the shortbread. Place in preheated oven and bake until shortbread has nicely browned (biscuit color), about 50 to 60 minutes. 6. Transfer shortbread to a wire rack to cool for 5 to 10 minutes before removing from tart pan. Place the shortbread round on a cutting board and cut into 12 wedges (along the lines scored). Cool completely on a wire rack. Makes 12 shortbread wedges.
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Seniors: Help make the season merry Car ride: Many seniors don’t drive as much as they did, but they’d love to see the holiday decorations put up by the retail stores and over zealous neighbors. Make movement easy: Is a senior coming for a visit? Remove slippery throw rugs and other items that could present barriers to a senior who has difficulty walking or has balance problems. Say hello: For seniors, it’s so important to let them know you are thinking of them during the holidays, especially to those who are alone.
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 holiday get-together is held in the home of a senior with memory loss issues, don’t rearrange the furniture and other key objects. This could be a source of confusion and anxiety. Keep away from embarrassing moments: If a senior forgets a person’s name, a place or an event don’t make it worse by saying, “Don’t you remember?” “All of the ornaments my “A St. Louis Saint Nick “The angel on top of my Instead, guide the confrom Hallmark that we got tree is my favorite orna- kids made in school with versation forward, as you their pictures.” years ago.” ment.” would for a best friend who — Bruce of Oakhurst needs help finishing a — Tim of Oakhurst — Dena of Coarsegold thought.
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Seniors today are of the generation that loves the simple things: a note in the mail, or a phone call. Invite them for a cup of coffee: It doesn’t have to be much, it’s the thought that counts. Share a holiday tradition: Have a senior share something special during the holiday season with you that is drawn from their own holiday memories. Be it a favorite cookie, decorations, arranging a centerpiece or a favorite movie or song that is visited upon.
Tips for the caregiver: Make a New Year’s resolution: Create resolutions that are better than losing weight or getting organized. Think to spend quality time with the seniors in your life, to bring the grandchildren for more frequent visits, or to look into home or community care — to relieve some of the care giving responsibilities from yourself, and ensure the well-being of your aging family member. — Cedar Creek Senior Living
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ith presents and parties foremost on the minds of many, the religious significance of the holiday season can take a backseat to some of the secular celebrations. One of the religious celebrations of the season is Three Kings Day, also known as the Feast of the Epiphany and Dia de los Tres Reyes. Celebrated on Jan. 6, the Epiphany marks the twelfth day of the Christmas holiday and remembers the three kings who came to bear gifts to the newborn baby Jesus. According to the Bible, three kings, or wise men, named Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar saw a bright star in the sky the night Christ was born. They followed this star to Bethlehem where they found the child. There they presented Christ with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. “And going into the house METRO CREATIVE SERVICES they saw the child with Mary his The Gifts of the Three Kings hold mother, and they fell down and strong symbolism. worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and the frankincense resin drips out in myrrh.” (Matthew 2:11) “tears.” Frankincense was used for Frankincense, also called olimany reasons in ancient times, banum, is a sap of the Boswellia. typically in religious ceremonies as The tree is tapped, much as one an incense. The aroma of frankincense is said to represent life, and would a maple tree for syrup, and
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