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Celebrating National Nutrition Month

Posted on March 2, 2015 at 8:05 AM Comments comments ()
Celebrating National Nutrition Month Throughout March.

Plan to incorporate these food giants into your meals for the next 31 days to begin to develop another healthy habit and to put a spring in your step every day.

Blueberries top the list as one of the most powerful disease-fighting foods. That's because they contain anthocyanins, the antioxidant responsible for their dark blue color. These delicious jewels are packed with fiber, vitamin C, and are available all year long. Boost heart health by adding them into your diet regularly.  

Salmon a cold-water fish is a great source of protein and is also packed with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. The American Heart Association advises eating salmon and other omega-3 rich foods twice a week for benefits that go beyond heart health. Americans love salmon because it is so versatile, easy to cook, and tastes great. 

Soy Protein is an inexpensive, high-quality protein containing fiber, vitamins, and minerals -- all the ingredients for a heart-healthy meal. Also, a diet rich in soy protein can lower triglycerides, which help prevent cardiovascular disease and keep your heart strong and healthy. In those with high cholesterol levels, the benefits of soy foods are due to their high levels of polyunsaturated fats, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.  

Oatmeal, Grandma called it roughage and we need plenty of it each day. Oatmeal is one way to get it. Oats are nourishing whole grains and a great source of vitamins, minerals, and cholesterol-lowering fiber. The FDA allows manufacturers of oats to make health claims about the grain on their products, suggesting that a diet high in oats can reduce the risk for heart disease. Research shows oats lower cholesterol levels, keep you regular, and may help prevent certain cancers.  

Spinach, Popeye knew firsthand the value of eating spinach. Hands down, spinach is the powerhouse of the vegetable kingdom. Its rich, dark color comes from the multiple phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals (especially folate and iron) that also fight disease, protect against heart disease, and preserve your eyesight.

Please check back frequently for more timely tips about healthy eating and to discover how you may win a prize for visiting frequently.

Here's to sunny Spring days,


Spring is in the Air?

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 8:52 AM Comments comments ()
Are you counting down the days until Spring arrives? Ah Spring, a time of rebirth, renewal, sunshine, warmer weather, increased daylight hours and so much more.

At SCS, we'll be counting down the days by introducing a blog series in March "Putting a Spring in Your Step" consisting of tips to be happy, healthy and active. So check back often to see what's coming up next!

Hint: We'll be seed planting with our most frequent Blog visitors.

Happy Valentine's Day - for Golf Lovers

Posted on February 10, 2015 at 6:13 PM Comments comments ()

Do you have a golf lover in your midst who has been unable to pursue his or her passion for the game due to a physical challenge? Well, here's some good news about a program that's right in our backyard in North Olmsted.

Known as, Return to Golf, (RTG) the program helps physically challenged adults and veterans restore independence and improve their overall quality of life using the game of golf as a recreational therapy.

Building on a club atmosphere, this not-for-profit program includes:
  • Clinics conducted year- round that include physical therapy done in conjunction with a local hospital-based rehab provider.
  • Weekly social gatherings that provide “Members” with an opportunity to participate in a series of golf Contests/Challenges while socializing with other RTG participants. ·       
  • Weekly open play sessions which allow participants to utilize an OptiShot simulator in a different fashion from the Challenges. The “Members” are able to play courses of their choice that are loaded up on the simulator. This is all provided in dedicated spaces.                                                                                                                I have had firsthand opportunities to talk with Members/participants, many of whom have been Members of the Club for several years.                                                                                                                    Here are some testimonials from the existing program both staff and members. “I enjoy the mental bond, the physical bond and the emotional bond. I’ve met some wonderful people here and I am able to do more now.” “It’s awesome and it’s unique. It gives people the opportunity to take the next step in their lives. It’s a stepping stone to getting people active again.”

It's a program that can make a difference! Call: 440.777.0220

It's A Fine Line

Posted on January 24, 2015 at 2:38 PM Comments comments ()
When we care for a family member, we do so out of love and often to give back to a loved one who has cared for us or come to our aid. This is often the case when a child cares for their parent.

Unfortunately, what starts out as a loving gesture over time can become a point of contention. Recently, I spoke with a daughter who decided it was time to bring in some additional help. She said, "I've been doing my Mom's shopping for years and I try to take her to all of her doctor's appointments. But, now I am getting older too. This week, I'm recovering from the flu and I'm still tired. The other day when Mom called with her grocery list, I know I was very short with her. The minute I hung up the phone, I felt so badly about the way I treated her. I don't ever want my Mom to feel like she is a burden." 

If you find yourself in a similar position, may I suggest you reach out to family members who have offered to assist in the past? Contact your Church, local Senior Center or Office on Aging. Explore non medical home care agencies such as Senior Concierge Services as part of the solution. In partnership with these organizations, you can resume the loving relationship that you treasure with your parent and create a much needed balance in your life.

Here's to making a difference in the lives of others,

Caregiver's Car Kit

Posted on January 5, 2015 at 9:07 PM Comments comments ()
It’s a New Year and a perfect time to take inventory of your Caregiver’s Handy Car Kit.Here are some of my favorite items (in random order), that I carry in mine so that I am always prepared for the things that life may throw my way.
  • disposable wipes
  • small first aid kit
  • extra pair of undergarments and/or disposable briefs for women and men
  • universal clothing usually sweat shirt, pants and socks
  • one size fits all pair of slip on shoes for women and men
  • blanket
  • rain poncho
  • umbrella
  • hand sanitizer                                     
  • pen and paper          
  • sun glasses
  • quad cane and/or  walker
  • large garbage bag, small sandwich bags
  • bottled water and Ensure or Boost
  • nutrition bars
  • peanut butter crackers
  • disposable cups, plates and eating utensils  
  • flashlight
  • paper towels

Here's to fun adventures in 2015!

Pumpkins, Orange and Halloween...Oh My!

Posted on October 26, 2014 at 12:22 PM Comments comments ()

Share these interesting facts with someone you know, love, care for or about.

Pumpkins have inhabited the planet for thousands of years. They originated in Central America. They were used then   (and now) as a food crop. Over the course of centuries, pumpkins spread their vines across all of North and South America. When Europeans arrived in the New World, they found pumpkins plentiful and used in cooking by Native Americans. They took seeds back to Europe where they quickly became popular.

Did you Know? There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange? Hard to believe for such an important color? The same is true for the colors purple and silver. But, who cares about silver and purple...they are not pumpkin colors!

Growing big pumpkins is a big time hobby. And, serious at that. Top prize money for the biggest giant pumpkin is as much as $25,000 dollars at fall festivals. The current world record for giant pumpkins is 1446 pounds. Now that's a lot of pumpkin pies!

The First Jack O'Lantern: The Irish carved turnips and put coals or small candles inside. They were placed outside their homes on All Hallow's Eve to ward off evil spirits. They were also known to use potatoes and rutabagas. When Irish Immigrants came to America, they quickly discovered that Jack O'Lanterns were much easier to carve out and began using them. This truly neat tradition quickly spread to the general population in America and elsewhere.    

Happy Hallowday!                                                     

National Grandparent's Day

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 9:31 AM Comments comments ()
National Grandparent’s Day…Making Memories  

September 7, 2014 marks National Grandparent’s Day. The origin of this special time can be traced back to 1973 and Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade. She envisioned this holiday honoring grandparents and the elderly. The day was a perfect opportunity for grandparents to shower their love on their children's children and make fond memories. The celebration would help children appreciate the strength, and wisdom older people can offer.

McQuade sought acceptance for this celebration from  President Jimmy Carter.  He signed the proclamation making the first Sunday of September after Labor Day National Grandparents Day on August 3, 1978.

Today the legacy of Marian McQuade is carried on by her children and grandchildren with some of them working on the National Grandparents Day Council.

Please write and tell me what you’re doing to celebrate National Grandparents Day. If you’re fresh out of new ideas, visit There, you’ll find some delightful comments like the ones below that children made when asked the question, “What is a grandparent?”

Taken from papers written by a class of 8 year olds:
-When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars.
-They don't say, "Hurry up."
-They wear glasses and funny underwear.
- When they read to us, they don't skip. They don't mind if we ask for the same story over again.            

Si Senor~ is Senior Friendly

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 10:34 PM Comments comments ()
Many thanks to the entire staff at Si Senor~ Westlake for making an afternoon outing so special for an SCS client yesterday. This gentleman lived in California for many years and knows good Mexican food. Although he resides in a nursing facility, we go on an excursions every week. Yesterday, he felt like Mexican food and I knew just where to go.

We have been going to Si Senor~ for many years now. It's been a place to celebrate family birthdays and any other special occasion. Their food is delicious, plentiful and affordable. 

Most of all it's a place to go to have fun. The staff is accommodating and bend over backwards to make your dining experience pleasurable. Yesterday, they did just that.

My client has Parkinson's Disease which has significantly affected his speech, ability to walk and more. He is very self-conscious when out in public. But yesterday he felt like every other customer at Si Senor~. The staff were very patient and gave him the time he needed to ask questions and order his lunch. They catered to his needs without making him feel ill at ease.

If you're a caregiver and are looking for a place to enjoy during an outing with your loved one may I suggest Sunday afternoons at Si Senor~. If you love Mexican food, I highly recommend this establishment. 

Gracias, Jane

Emerald Necklace Inn, A Senior Friendly Business

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 8:08 AM Comments comments ()
It's always a pleasure when I find a senior-friendly business to blog about. Such is the case with the Emerald Necklace Inn. The establishment is a bed and breakfast with a tea room, a quaint tea store, a salon and spa all nestled at an entrance way to the MetroParks on the corner of Story and Lorain Roads.

If that's not enticing enough, it's Owner/ Inn Keeper Gloria Cipri-Kemer is a kind, spirited and compassionate woman with a caring heart for seniors and the infirm. She gladly opens her salon to provide a time of beauty for all of her clients, some of whom have been with her for more than 15 years. Over time, some clients have fallen ill or become disabled. But, that doesn't stop Gloria. She continues on and finds a way to serve all of her clients/friends, accommodating wheelchairs, persons with dementia and more. She makes everyone feel special, every day, Gloria makes a difference! Stop in for a time to remember, a cup of tea, a scone and much more!

Jane Amata

Emerald Necklace Inn 
18840 Lorain Road
Fairview Park, OH 44126

Brag & Borrow

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 11:35 PM Comments comments ()
As caregivers we like to share and support one another in this complex journey of ours. That said I want to Brag about a great SCS idea & encourage other caregivers to Borrow it. I am sure you'll agree that transitioning a loved one to a
senior living community such as assisted living, rehab center and skilled nursing facility can be daunting.

A few days ago we helped a family with the admission of their loved one to The Welsh Home for a short rehab stay. Within 24 hours the entire family participated in a comprehensive Care Plan meeting. It was quite impressive. You could sense the family's anxiety decrease. They began to feel validated for selecting The Welsh Home.

As the admission day went on, other staff made an extra effort to learn about the personal preferences of the new patient from food, to socializing with others and participating in activities that could brighten her day.

Finally, the icing on the cake. With the family's guidance, SCS set up the patient's room in advance of the admission with familiar photos, family treasures and flowers. Most importantly we created a poster to convey important information to the staff especially the STNA's. The poster is hung in a highly visible area in the patient's room. It includes the names of family members with corresponding photos, nicknames, favorite colors, successful caregiving tips that the family has used at home that might help the staff in their job and much more. When someone thinks of another useful tip or makes a care discovery, they add it to the poster.

This simple idea has meant a great deal to the family and has made the patient's transition much easier. Caregiving is now a collaboration between staff and family, positive relationships are developing, it's a real team effort.