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Ask the Dietitian: Popsicles, Smoothies and More!

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My Mom does not like to drink water.  I know it’s important for her to stay hydrated. Can you give me any tips?

Great question! It is so important for all of us to stay hydrated. Dehydration is associated with falls, heatstroke, urinary tract infections, and decreased immune function. Typical recommendations state that we should get 8 cups of water per day. One thing to remember is that the food we eat can contribute to hydration. So making sure our loved ones consume fruits and vegetables would be one way to sneak in some water.

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Simply Caring Book Launch

Simply Caring Book Launch Celebration

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Almost Home

Join Jamie and the Almost Home family as we celebrate the launch of Jamie’s book Simply Caring.

Get a signed copy of her book “Simply Caring”.

When:
Tuesday, March 19th from 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Where:
Almost Home
3604 Cardinal Point Dr,
Jacksonville, FL 32257

Who: Friends of Almost Home and those interested in learning more about how to care for someone with memory loss / dementia

Founder of Almost Home, Jamie Glavich is on a mission to provide guidance, inspiration and resources to families dealing with the challenges of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

In her book Simply Caring, she discusses key points about the disease, what to expect and how to prepare. She answers important questions and provides resources to make sense and put the puzzle together of Alzheimer’s.

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Learn more about Jamie’s book Simply Caring & download a free chapter at SimplyCaringBook.com.

Art Therapy for Seniors

How Art Therapy Can Be Used to Create a Calming Environment

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It’s Not All About Crayons

Alzheimer’s patients are able to express their feelings on paper when they may not be able to with their words. Parts of the brain that deal with colors and composition can still be used and developed by those with Alzheimer’s. It is amazing that people are able to continue to create art. Working with art can be calming to someone with Alzheimer’s. It may help create a period of sustained concentration that will improve their mood for the day.

Creating a scrapbook with photos and artwork can help relive old memories. It is something that can be looked at over and over. This is a great memory for the caregiver and family as well.

Sharing this moment of happiness is what we area all striving for in life.

Remember – anyone can be considered an artist!

Consider using Art Therapy for creating a calm environment for your loved one.

For more helpful ideas to assist those with memory loss, follow Almost Home on Facebook.

From Mood to Memory: How Food Can Enhance Brain Health

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From Mood To Memory:  How Food Can Enhance Brain Health

A healthy brain depends on genes, the environment, and lifestyle. We can’t change our genes, and may not be able to alter our environment, but we definitely have control over our lifestyle! Lifestyle consists of diet, stress management, and activity. While each one is critical for maintaining brain health, below details how dietary choices can improve brain health and function.

As the control center of the body, it consists of billions of neurons that send signals through the brain. These signals allow for memory formation, thoughts, and feelings.  Our brain makes up 2% of our body weight but requires 20% of our resources. It’s mostly made up of fat and therefore dietary fat in the form of “Omegas” contribute to a healthy brain. Protein provides the necessary amino acids that allow for brain signaling and carbohydrates break down into glucose that provides steady, sustained brain power.

There are many nutrients that keep the brain running smoothly. Here are some general nutrition guidelines on what to focus on when considering improving brain health.

Heart Health is Brain Health

The brain needs constant and adequate blood flow, which provides the supply of oxygen to keep it functioning properly. This means that a healthy heart and vascular system is necessary to maintain a healthy brain! To maintain a smooth vascular system, one without atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), the focus is on fiber and antioxidants. So this means a lot of fruits, especially berries, and a balanced amount of beans, whole grains, and vegetables.

A Happy Gut is a Healthy Brain

Did you know most of the neurotransmitters that contribute to “feeling good” are created in the gut? Balancing the trillions of bacteria, both health promoting and opportunistic, in the gut can greatly improve our mood. Adding in Omega-3 fatty acids (almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, ground flax seeds), iron-rich foods (spinach, legumes, oats, nuts), and even spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and oregano can support a healthy, happy mood.

“B” the Change

B vitamins such as folate, B6 and B12 are critical for improving memory, mood, and maintaining a sharp mind. B vitamins are found in whole grains, mushrooms, broccoli, brussels sprouts, beans and potatoes. You can also find a healthy amount of folate in leafy greens (think foliage) and B12 can easily be obtained by supplementation.

A healthy lifestyle is not about restrictions, it’s about creating new habits. The combination of dietary interventions with added activity, intellectual and social stimulation, and quality sleep can make a profound improvement on one’s life. For more information regarding nutrition and brain health, please feel free to contact Registered Dietician, Heather Borders, with Kailo Nutrition at (904)250-0910 or heather@kailonutrition.com.

 

 

 

Simply Caring: Putting the Alzheimer's Puzzle Together

Introducing The Simply Caring Book

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Introducing Simply Caring: Putting the Alzheimer’s Puzzle Together written by Jamie Glavich.

Visit SimplyCaringBook.com

Founder of Almost Home, Jamie Glavich is on a mission to provide guidance, inspiration and resources to families dealing with the challenges of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

In her book Simply Caring, she discusses key points about the disease, what to expect and how to prepare. She answers important questions and provides resources to make sense and put the puzzle together of Alzheimer’s.

Questions answered include:

  • What should be the foundation of care?
  • What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
  • What do I do when the Doctor says it’s Alzheimer’s?
  • What are my options in care?
  • What specific caregiving matters do I need to know?
  • How do I start the day?
  • How do I get through the day and what is Sundowning?
  • The day is almost over, what next?
  • How do I communicate and visit with my loved one?
  • How do I put the pieces of the Alzheimer’s puzzle together?

To learn more about Simply Caring and download a free chapter of the book, visit SimplyCaringBook.com.

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Leave a Review for Almost Home

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Most of our new customers come from word of mouth or our online listings so your comments can help us grow and provide value to more people.

If you have used Almost Home for service but have visited our facilities, interacted with founder Jamie Glavich or the Almost Home staff and can speak towards our business consider leaving a review about our professionalism, knowledge of industry or customer service.

If for some reason we have not earned a five star review, please contact us so that we can learn how to better serve you. Your feedback and assistance is truly appreciated.

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