Archive for April, 2010

May Day Activities for Seniors

Friday, April 30th, 2010

May Day Activities for Seniors
Why not make a crown of daisies and celebrate May Day?
The tradition of May Day Baskets is a fun way to let your friends and loved ones know that you think of them. So get ready to craft a special basket. Fill it with a bunch of summer flowers and leave it on a friend’s front door knob. The door bell is rung, and you run and hide so they won’t know who has left the greeting.

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Chose a May Queen or King and crown them with fresh spring flowers.
May Day Around the World:
Some countries still celebrate May Day. In France, May Day is a flower festival. Delicate white flowers called lilies of the valley are believed to bring good luck. In Denmark, sweethearts give each other bouquets of lilies of the valley. Holland celebrates May 1 with a tulip festival. On May 1 in Greece, the schools are closed. The students trek into the woods to gather flowers. In some other countries, May is a day of parades.



Elder Care in Our Country Today

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Dr. Bill Thomas, founder of the Eden Alternative and Green House, discusses the future of aging

Our Mission for Elder Services

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

We are dedicated to a quality future in residential care for the elderly, by helping to avoid the three plagues of loneliness, helplessness and boredom.
This can be accomplished by providing an opportunity for a life worth living, not just time spent waiting to die.
We believe in the quality of life as the main priority of being able in age in place no matter where the location.

New Alzheimer’s Test Offers Better Opportunities for Early Detection

Monday, April 12th, 2010

ScienceDaily (Mar. 27, 2010) — Early detection is key to more effective she and other forms of cognitive impairment, and new research shows that a test developed at the University of Tennessee is more than 95 percent effective in detecting cognitive abnormalities associated with these diseases.

The test, called CST — for computerized self test — was designed to be both effective and relatively simple for medical professionals to administer and for patients to take.

Rex Cannon, an adjunct research assistant professor of psychology at UT Knoxville, and Dr. John Dougherty, an associate professor in the UT Graduate School of Medicine, worked with a team of researchers to develop CST. The impetus for the test came from data showing that 60 percent of Alzheimer’s cases are not diagnosed in the primary care setting, and that those delays lead to missed treatment opportunities.

“Early detection is at the forefront of the clinical effort in Alzheimer’s research, and application of instruments like CST in the primary care setting is of extreme importance,” said Cannon.

The CST is a brief, interactive online test that works to asses various impairments in functional cognitive domains — in essence, it’s a “fitness test” of sorts for the basic functions of thinking and processing information that are affected by Alzheimer’s and milder forms of cognitive impairment.

Cannon and Dougherty’s research, published in the April issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and in an early online edition of the journal, showed that the CST was substantially more effective and more accurate in detecting the presence of Alzheimer’s and other forms of cognitive impairment in patients than other existing tests. The CST had a 96 percent accuracy rate compared to 71 percent and 69 percent for the tests that are currently in use.

Part of the goal in developing the test, according to Cannon, was to ensure that the test is useful in the primary care setting, where physicians may not have detailed training in recognizing cognitive impairments, but where an early diagnosis may do the most good for patients.

“Computerized testing is a developing and exciting area for research,” said Cannon, who noted that the test can provide an objective way to determine what diseases may affect the patient and provide information to begin treatments that can blunt the effects of Alzheimer’s.

Cannon and Dougherty, who also are affiliated with the Cole Neuroscience Center at the UT Medical Center, collaborated with Medical Interactive Education in developing the CST over the past two years.


Dying Easter Eggs for Elders and Kids

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

Add a surprise to your Elder’s life this Easter!
If you have Kids get them involved.  What a fun project for both the your and the young at heart!

Easter Egg for Kids and Elders

Easter Egg for Kids and Elders

How to make a Hard Boiled Egg
* Lay eggs on bottom of the pot
* Try not to stack your eggs (it’s better to do it in batches than overfill your pot)
* Fill with water so it’s an inch over the eggs
* Put on high heat and bring to a rapid boil
* Let boil for 12 minutes
* Remove from heat
* Remove the eggs immediately from the pot (I use a slotted spoon) and plunge them into cold water until you can pick them out of the water without burning your hands (a bit under a minute)

Crayon Easter Eggs
This project combines a child’s artistic skills with regular Easter egg dying techniques. You can use store bought dye or the home made variety.
* hard boiled egg(s)
* wax crayons (the waxier the better… in this case cheap crayons are better than crayolas)
* Easter Egg dye: store bought dye or home made
* Draw pictures or designs with wax crayon. Even white wax crayon will be useful for this project.
* Dip in dye.
* Let dry.
* The dye won’t soak through the crayon! I find cheap crayons work best for this project (crayolas don’t have quite enough wax in them though they do work ok).
* An adult may need to help hold the egg while the child draws their pictures on it… at least the first time until they get the hang of it.


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