Monthly Archives: November 2014

Naughty (and Nice) Holiday Foods

buttered mashed potatoes Naughty (and Nice) Holiday Foods
See which seasonal favorites make our naughty list, and learn how to enjoy yourself while still making healthy choices.

What to expect when caring for someone with dementia

Yes, it’s hard having to say “no” a lot. Of course, there are good reasons to feel you must do so. People with dementia often want to do things that are unsafe or beyond their current abilities or that are simply inappropriate, ill-timed, or not feasible. And they lack the cognitive wherewithal to understand that these wishes aren’t always possible. Your goal: to preserve an upbeat, encouraging mood while still managing to set the limits the situation demands.

>>See 10 alternative ways to say “no.”

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Your Top Ten Health Questions Answered

Top 10 Health Questions Answered Your Top Health Questions Answered
Sugar or high-fructose corn syrup — which is better? Can you be overweight and healthy? Get the answers to these and other frequently asked questions.

What to Eat When You Have Diabetes

woman with cake and fruit What to Eat When You Have Diabetes
Are desserts off-limits? Can you have all the sugar-free food you want? What should you eat if your blood sugar is high? Get the facts.

Education & Support Programs in December ( Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia)

Education & Support Programs in December

 FREE Training and Support Programs for caregivers, family members, people with dementia, and anyone else interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.

Programs in Polk County

December 2 (10:00 – 11:30 a.m.) Caregiver Education: When Grandma Is Not Grandma Anymore at Arbor Oaks at Lakeland Hills, 4141 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland, FL.

This presentation offers insight into the behavioral challenges that can arise in people with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. It offers communication strategies and tips on how to manage difficult behaviors. RSVP for seating and refreshment purposes. (863) 292-9210 /

December 2, 9, 16, 23, & 29 (1:00- 2:30 p.m.) Early Stage Social and Engagement Program:Tuesdays with Tinia at SideStreet Studio Gallery, 110 3rd Street, S.W., Winter Haven. This is a program for individuals in the early stages of dementia to enjoy social time through creative expression. Care partners (caregivers) stay on site and relax, paint or read a book. Learn more:863.292.9210 / RSVP to (863) 224-8557.

December 4 (4:00 – 5:00 p.m.) Caregiver Education: When the Brain has Hiccupat Alzheimer’s Association, Polk County Office, 601 South Florida Ave, Suite 3, Lakeland, FL.

When the Brain Has Hiccups-sometimes our brains have hiccups or rather our neurons misfire, with an end result of not remembering a phone number, name or the location of keys. This presentation takes these hiccups into account by focusing on brain mechanics and dementia (Alzheimer’s and some related forms of dementia). It compares normal age related changes to abnormal changes to the brain while offering insight into the evaluation process. Attendees can learn how to start the diagnostic process and what a through diagnosis can look like. Space is limited; please RSVP / 863-292-9210.

December 9 (10:00 – 11:30 a.m.) Caregiver Education: Handling Holidays at Arbor Oaks at Lakeland Hills, 4141 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland, FL.

Program overview: Don’t let the holidays overwhelm you. Learn to manage the holidays to fit you and your loved ones new routine. This presentation covers tips and tricks to minimize stress during holidays and family gatherings.  RSVP for seating and refreshment purposes. (863) 292-9210 / thompsons@alzflgulf.orgClick here for training flyer.

December 18 (1:00 – 2:00 p.m.) Early Stage Social and Engagement Program: Meet Me at PMoA: Making Art Accessible to People with Dementia at Polk Museum of Art, 800 East Palmetto Street, Lakeland, Meet Me at PMoA provides an opportunity for those affected by dementia to engage in conversation about art on exhibit at the Museum. Participants discuss art with a specially trained educator (Tinia Clark) who creates an accepting and engaging environment in which the disease is a non-issue, thus, allowing participants to experience and interact with the Museum’s collection freely. This program is for people in the early stages of dementia, their care partners and is open to the public. If you have questions, please contact863-292-9210. Space is limited to 8 participants each month. Admission is free. Registration required to / 863.688.5423 or register online at Meet Me at PMoA is based on the MOMA Alzheimer’s Project and is a collaboration between Polk Museum of Art, Alzheimer’s Association – Florida Gulf Coast Chapter and the Arts Ensemble Education Foundation. This program runs every third Thursday of each month.

December 18 (4:00 – 5:00 p.m.) Caregiver Education: Traveling Teapot, Tips to reducing Caregiver Stress at Alzheimer’s Association, Polk County Office, 601 South Florida Avenue, Suite 3, Lakeland, FL. This one hour training uses the method of group discussion to highlight tools to manage the emotional and stressful aspects of caregiving. Caregiving is a stressful job; through the traveling teapot, caregivers will find empathy and comradery. This training focuses on building a sense of community amongst caregivers so that they will feel peer support while learning about tips to combat stress. Specifically, this program unveils components of stress by offering a comfortable and easy way to discuss issues that can compromise a caregiver’s health. Space is limited; please RSVP / 863-292-9210.

Upcoming (Save the Date)

February 3, 2015, Caregiver Education: Understanding Dementia Care with Teepa Snow, (for family and professional caregivers) at Highland Park Church of the Nazarene, Lakeland, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. FREE respite. Please call 863-686-7333 with any questions. Family caregivers register at, and professionals register CEUS for professionals.

The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association supports those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia through education and supportive programs. 

We serve 17 counties (Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, and Sumter) from 8 offices. Unless otherwise specified, all programs listed are open to the public. If you are seeking a support group please visit here. If we can assistance you further please contact us by calling our 24/7 confidential Helpline at 1-800-272-3900.  

Programs partially underwritten through the support of Senior Connection Center, Inc.

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We love Thanksgiving here at WebMD. You should see the mile-long spread at the annual office potluck. That’s why we’d like to share some of our favorite recipes. But no matter what you put on the table — yes, boxed stuffing and takeout is OK — we hope you have an enjoyable Thanksgiving filled with food, family, and friends.

Alzheimer’s and Bathing

What to Do When Your Loved One With Alzheimer’s Is Reluctant to Bathe

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What can you do when bathing can’t be put off another day but your loved one is resisting?

  • Try the bit-by-bit approach. Ask if you can just wash your loved one’s feet, stressing how relaxing it feels. Once you have the shoes and socks off and the feet washed, try hands next. Then say you’d like to wash the back: “Let’s just take your shirt off so I can wash your back.” Cover what you’ve just cleaned with a dryer-warmed towel. Going one body part at a time, you may be able to coax the person into a full sponge bath.
  • Transform the bathroom into a cozy haven your loved one comes to look forward to, rather than the site of a cold, frightening experience. Keep the bathroom temperature warm. Play music. Consider installing such distractions as a TV set, a lava lamp, flowers, or an aquarium to look at. Make sure the room smells good by spraying room freshener or the person’s favorite cologne.
  • Cover the mirror. Seeing moving reflections scares some people with moderate-stage dementia; they think someone is “watching” them and feel their privacy is invaded.
  • Consider getting someone else to do the task. Bathing is intimate, and your loved one may not be comfortable with you doing the job. A weekly or biweekly visit from a same-sex relative or a nursing aide may help.
  • Look into the possibility of depression. Does your loved one show other signs of depressionbesides apathy about bathing?

Quiz: Test Your Fast Food Smarts

Quiz: Test Your Fast Food Smarts

Question 1 of 16
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Which savory sub packs nearly 2,000 calories between its buns?

  • Subway’s Foot Long Chicken & Bacon Ranch 
  • Quiznos Large Tuna Melt
  • Jimmy John’s JJ Gargantuan