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  • Who's On Your Team?

    Super Bowl fifty-three took place last night in Atlanta, Georgia and as predicted The New England Patriots were victorious in securing their sixth victory. Tens of millions of viewers tuned in from around the country, and around the globe to see Tom Brady lead his team to an impressive win over the Los Angeles Rams.

    It got me to thinking about the power of teamwork, and the need to have a level of accountability for all those included in a team. Let’s talk about what a team really is. It’s a group of people who come together to work towards a common goal. We have teams of our own in everyday life. Coworkers, family members, even club members become part of ‘our team’. When one member of the team falls ill or sustains an injury, it’s only right that the remaining members work to make up the difference

    When your team is your family,

    Dawn
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  • Caregiver Theft Concerns We Take Seriously

    Recently, I had the distinct pleasure of visiting one of our local Councils on Aging in Massachusetts. I was invited to come spend some time with their very fun and wonderful ‘Lovely Ladies’ group who meet at the end of each week. To say they were lovely would be an understatement. They were charming, vivacious and so much fun to chat with. We talked about One Solution Home Care services, and their families, and even their pets. While one of the lovely ladies was showing me photos of her brother’s beloved pup, a very real concern was brought to my attention. It’s been on my mind since Friday and it’s now the topic of this week’s blog: Caregiver Theft.

    It’s a very real concern for all of us whether we are elderly or not. When you hire an individual or company to come into your residence for any reason, there’s always the possibility

    Dawn
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  • Food for thought on Alzheimer's and a Possible Connection to Diet and Medications

    Recent studies have scarily concluded that as many as one in three adults will develop some form of Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease as they age. Typically, the onset starts as early as age sixty five, although there are over 2.5 million cases of Early Onset Alzheimer’s noted globally.

    While no one is entirely sure what causes these debilitating conditions, we do know there are ways to reduce your risk and prolonging brain health as we age. Recently, we were made aware of some provocative product warnings linking the use Omeprazole (Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid) to increased risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. These drugs are widely prescribed and available over the counter to treat severe Heartburn and acid reflux. They work to reduce the level of stomach acid, subsequently easing symptoms.

    Now what foods trigger this discomfort and

    Dawn
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  • Baby, It's Cold Inside!

    Normally, we think of Hypothermia as only occurring from prolonged exposure to harsh outdoor weather, and that’s largely accurate. But did you know that Hypothermia can occur indoors as well? It can and pose severe health risks for the very young or elderly, and those who are not in optimal health.

    Let’s take a second and review exactly what Hypothermia is. Hypothermia is when your body temperature drops significantly in response to cold temperatures. It can be fatal if left untreated, so here are some ways to ward off the chill using the ‘COLD’ system of prevention:

    Awareness and prevention are key

    The body’s natural response to cold is to begin shivering. As hypothermia progresses, the shivering reaction will slow down while the person’s cognitive ability will begin to diminish, most notably in their speech. Speech can become

    Dawn
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  • Valentine's Day Gift Suggestions for Loved Ones with Dementia

    We all know it’s coming, and after the traditional holiday season ends, there’s the anticipation of Valentine’s Day that has us all wracking our brains for the perfect gift. Our Valentine’s don’t necessarily need to be a romantic partner, in many cases parents are the new recipient of much of our affections. When your parent is suffering from Dementia or Alzheimer’s giving an appropriate gift can seem time consuming and costly. But it doesn’t need to be. We’ve found a few options for you to consider while you still have six weeks to get the best shipping rates!

    ‘The Decade You Were Born’:These 4-hour DVD documentaries are available for each century, and include historical and pop culture footage, as well as music popular from the decade. Best of all it’s less than $7 dollars on Amazon.com!

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    Dawn
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