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Wednesday April 7, 2010 - Issue #480

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    From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

All Together Now

I’d like to address the healthcare professionals who are reading this column….(family caregivers, close your eyes).  Please, remember that you have a real partner in care in your client’s family caregivers, and also remember that as we family caregivers are prone to take ourselves out of the all-important Circle...continued 

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Feature Article

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Nutrition Ideas for Stress Reduction

By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

Stress depletes the body of energy in a variety of ways. Loss of sleep, feelings of agitation or depression, and development of poor eating habits are “side effects” of stress that need intervention. Some stress can help us rise to the occasion and get things done, but too much stress drains the body. One way to break the stress cycle is by changing the diet to one that can actually help reduce stress.
The body under stress will experience a reduction in vital nutrients, such as B vitamins, which are nervous system helpers. Depending on magnesium to help with muscles and calcium for bones, the overstressed system may benefit from vitamin and mineral supplements.  Before starting a vitamin regimen, consult with your primary doctor about any special needs you may have.  The doctor may be able to refer you to a nutritionist who can target specific requirements and make useful dietary changes....continued


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Guest Column

Working Out and Having a Ball

By J B Buckley


Remember when you were a child and running around the playground, swimming in the community pool, or building a sand castle was fun? Little did you know you were not only having fun, but getting a workout too. With all the challenges we face on a daily basis; caring for our loved-ones, working and cleaning, imagine putting more fun back into your life through exercise. It wouldn’t seem like another task on our “to do” list, it would feel more like play time, but with health benefits. Right now, sitting in your living room with a tub of Hagan Daaz and watching your favorite prime time drama may be your way of relaxing, only to feel guilty later for consuming a the pint of ice cream. Well, relax and have fun minus the guilt by engaging in your favorite physical activity...continued



Nutrition Tips: Decreased Appetite  

Offer high caloric drink foods such as ice cream, milk shakes, or eggnog. Offer familiar foods. Favorite foods can stimulate the appetite. Try making the main meal of the day at lunch when the appetite is larger. Sit directly in front of the person and show each spoonful to help them orient...Continued



I have not been able to get information on the accreditation of Benefits Counselors.  Does anyone know where and who has a certificate program for the professional Benefits Counselor? 

I have tried the Administration on Aging and the Area Agencies on Aging but no one seems to know where the official certification comes from.  There is a program in Texas and one in Pennsylvania but I can't seem to get this piece of information.
We would like to start a training program for volunteers in Southern California and I've been trying to put the pieces together and then raise some money to fund it (unless the government has some that is).
I would greatly appreciate any help you can give me with this
Thanks for your help.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

All Together Now

Feature Article

Nutrition Ideas
for Stress Reduction

Guest Column

Working Out
and  Having a Ball

Nutrition Tips:
Decreased Appetite




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