Tips to manage stress and anxiety

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If you're feeling anxious and stressed over the recent adversity and hard times, I feel you. Thousands of Americans are in the same boat. You are not alone. Whether you're worried about the unsettled economy, your job, or the "not so peaceful" protests, each of these are disturbing. If ignored, they can affect your mental and physical health. Stress can be a physical reaction to feeling confused and frustrated by a situation. It will affect your sleep, eating patterns, and emotional health. Over the years, I've discovered a few ways to help myself through troubling times. I'd like to share

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Free Online Cooking Class: The Easiest Apple Crisp (Gluten-free, Plant-based)

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020 2:00pm Pacific Time Sign Up:  ABOUT THIS CLASS:  Come learn how to bake a very easy and crowd-pleasing dessert that is not only gluten-free but vegan! You don't need anything but a bowl, a baking dish and your hands to create a dessert delicious enough to serve all fall and for the holidays!  MATERIALS NEEDED:  9x13" baking dish  a peeler  a knife  a mixing bowl  8 apples  Gluten-Free quick-cook oats Gluten-Free 1:1 baking flour baking soda salt sugar cinnamon coconut oil or shortening  CLASS IS FREE!   Sign up today! 

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How to Live in Our Changing World

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We all know that change is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean it is easy for us to understand or embrace a changing world. It can be scary and upsetting. Some individuals find themselves not wanting to go outside. Others may discover they have different views than someone close to them, a situation that can lead to disruptions in friend and family ties. If you are having a difficult time coping with fast changes in the world, discussing your concerns with a personal coach can help. With support, people can adapt to new circumstances. Acceptance and Communication Everyone has an encountered

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Virtual Programming Brings New Revenue for Centers

“We pulled off an unbelievable come-back,” says Mary Sanchez, a program director in Maryland. Mary’s adult day services center was closed since the outbreak of the coronavirus. In the early months during the closure, her center had lost most of its revenue. Staff were on leave without pay. Senior members were following the stay-at-home advisory, disconnected from their daily programs at the center, friends and caregivers. “I started to look into virtual programming to sustain some revenue.” Like many of us, Mary tried to use Zoom and Google Hangouts to connect with her members. It has been very challenging for

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COVID19 Communication Advice to Aid Hearing Loss Sufferers

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With the pandemic set to continue for the foreseeable future and essential measures such as face masks and social distancing becoming a part of normal life, it’s made everyday activities more complicated for all of us. But for one group in particular the COVID19 prevention measures have caused even more disruption: those affected with hearing loss and deafness. Lip-reading and increased speaking volume are two methods hearing loss sufferers use to aid their conversational communication; and the new regulations unfortunately impede these greatly. But there are a few helpful tips that can be taken into account when communicating with someone

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As States Re-Open, Visitors to Nursing Homes Increase but Still Well Below Average

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For seniors looking into housing options and nursing homes, some of the most commonly asked questions center around quality of life. Is the staff courteous and friendly? Is it kept clean and is the food good? And of course -- can you have visitors anytime? The very nature of nursing homes is people interacting with one another. Not only do seniors enjoy doing social activities together, some nursing homes are set up as households – small groups of residents living under the same roof with the same staff sharing meals and activities. But what was once a hallmark of senior

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Seniors Use JayPad to Stay Connected During Covid

It has been a long summer. I was in San Francisco visiting our daughter in the end of May and I got a call informing me that my husband David had fallen in our house in Maryland and fractured a hip. I was desperate to find a flight back home to be with him. Of course, much of our lives had changed due to the ongoing coronavirus. At the age of 79, it was too risky for me to fly home when most parts of America were having shortage of face masks at the time. David had an operation and

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Companion Care Aids Families During Pandemic

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The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have been far-reaching for the millions of families with aging loved ones, leaving many adult children anxious about more than their parents’ immediate health. More than 77 million baby boomers turn 65 years old –a rate of 10,000 per day –with the Census predicting that seniors will outnumber children by 2035. Each of these individuals will ultimately need some level of care and aging support. This care will fall mainly onto the shoulders of family members who will either become the primary caregiver or must navigate the many considerations of senior care options. In a restrictive

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Companion Care Fills Care Gaps During COVID-19

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With independent, assisted, and memory care communities continuing policies of highly-structured, and minimal, to no-visitor policies during the COVID-19 pandemic, many families weigh the decision whether to bring mom or dad temporarily home or accept their isolation from loved ones. Both scenarios include unique challenges. Companion care – as an adjunct resource –can help ease anxiety and fill in the care gaps created by the COVID-19 crisis whether they are now at home or in a senior living community. Georgia-based, companion care company Angel Companions’ executive team made the decision to continue placing caregivers in both private homes and senior living

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