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August 11, 2010

Hot Summer, Cool Salads!
Monday, June 28th, 2010
Is the hot weather bringing you down? Perk up with cool salads, or even a refreshing soup. They’re a great way to cool off and pack in lots of nutrients without the weighted down feeling of overeating.

Try these ideas or the recipe that follows!

Mix up basic greens by adding fruit- pears, strawberries–your choice!
Make a light favorite side salad a complete meal by adding protein. Try nuts, egg whites, or your grilled specialty- chicken, shrimp, or seared tuna to name a few.
A light, fresh dressing is best for summer – think oil and vinegar or vinaigrette. Lemon or lime juice can also add lots of tangy flavor guilt-free!
In the mood for chicken salad? Bulk up this classic by using whole wheat pasta and adding chopped celery, onions, and red grapes.
Adding basil, mint, parsley, dill, and even cilantro can have a cooling effect. While you’re at it, lay off hot spices for the summer months. Pepper, chili powder, Tabasco sauce, etc. can turn up your temperature from the inside out.
For a summer soup, puree your favorite veggies and mix with low fat plain yogurt and/or low sodium chicken stock to reach your desired consistency. Red pepper with tomato is a great flavor combo while cucumber and squash are great stand alones. Season to taste with the cool summer herbs listed above. Serve cooled for a refreshing twist on the traditional winter favorite.


Alzheimers Test Thats 100 Percent Accurate? Not Yet – ABC News

August 10, 2010

Alzheimers Test Thats 100 Percent Accurate? Not Yet – ABC News.  Not quite there yet.

Eye Health: Bausch + Lomb recalls eye pills because of choking hazard

July 30, 2010

 Review this article if you are on eye medicines.

Eye Health: Bausch + Lomb recalls eye pills because of choking hazard.


July 13, 2010

CaraVita Home Care owner, Beth Cayce, leaves tomorrow for Kenya to once again lead a team of volunteers in her ongoing mission work.  Her trip is July 14-27

Beth will lead the team to Kenya to help develop the Providence Training Center, part of a non profit Ministry of Care to Learn, International.  Additionally they will interface with community orphanages and local businesses. While on the trip the team will teach pastors and lay congregation, perform competitive market research around Nairobi on guests house to help in the development of this self sustaining ministry, train teachers who work with children in drama presentations, network within the communities for microenterprise and break ground for the multi-purpose conference and  retreat center with experimental farm in Matassia Kenya.  Members of the team include health care professionals, teachers, lawyer, accountant, IT and software professionals, business executive, hospitality manager, IT consultant,  architect and photo journalist- all using their talents to improve the community by networking the work of the Church with the community.

Please keep them in your prayers.  They believe we can make a difference “one life at a time in our global world.”

We must all do our part whether it be physically, monetarily or prayerfully.  The next trip will be in November.


July 6, 2010

Having just celebrated our country’s independence this 4th of July weekend, we also celebrate when our seniors can stay independent.  CaraVita Home Care’s focus has always been “KEEPING YOU INDEPENDENT AT HOME”.  Check out the “preventive measures” listed  in the article below:

Preventive measures promote good health, independence for seniors.

If you’re an older adult wondering what you should be doing to stay healthy, the most important answer is staying active.

“Physical activity is more powerful than any medication a senior can take,” says Dr. Cheryl Phillips, a San Francisco physician and president of the American Geriatrics Society.

Much of the frailty that accompanies advanced age can be mitigated through exercise. Even moderate activity makes a difference. Frailty often leads to impairment and the loss of independence, developments that can be preventable.

Phillips recently offered other kinds of preventive care for older people:

Sure shots: “Get a flu shot every winter and a vaccination against pneumonia once after you turn 65,” she says. The American Geriatrics Society also recommends a single vaccination against shingles after age 60 and a tetanus booster shot every 10 years.

Fighting the fall: Talk to your health care provider about falls and what you can do to prevent them, Phillips advises. Each year, almost one-third of adults age 65 and older fall, resulting in nearly 450,000 hospitalizations and 16,000 deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Getting rid of throw rugs, installing easy-to-grab bars in the bathroom, and altering medication regimes are some ways to minimize the potential for a tumble.

Medication awareness: Your doctor should know every prescription, over-the-counter medication, supplement and vitamin you’re taking. Once a year, Phillips says, review the list, asking, “Do I need to keep taking this?”

Check-up savvy: Have your hearing, vision and blood pressure tested every year, get dental checkups annually and cholesterol tests at least every five years (more often if your levels are high).

Weighty (non)issue: Don’t worry about a few extra pounds. “People 65 and older actually do better with a little extra weight on them,” Phillips says. Getting sufficient nutrition is more important.

Early detection: Secondary prevention is aimed at finding illness early enough. This includes periodic screenings for colon cancer and mammograms for women who have a life expectancy of at least five years. Men should discuss prostate cancer screening with their doctors. Women can stop pap smears for cervical cancer after age 65 if three previous tests have been normal.

Supplemental help: Since bones thin with age, take calcium (at least 1,200 milligrams a day) and Vitamin D (at least 600 international units) and periodically assess your risk of osteoporosis, Phillips says. Otherwise, she advises against taking vitamins, saying that older adults should get nutrients from well-balanced meals.

Smoke screen: If you’re a man and you have a history of smoking, you’ll want to get an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening once between the ages of 65 and 75, according to the American Geriatrics Society. Men are five times more likely than women to develop these bulges in the aorta, a major blood vessel, that can rupture and cause uncontrolled bleeding.

Take control: Tertiary prevention means controlling illnesses that exist. “Make sure you have good knowledge about your diabetes or heart disease and that you understand the things that can impact it and that you can manage,” Phillips says.

Start good habits: Last but not least come lifestyle changes that people know they should adopt, but still ignore. Give up smoking; drink only in moderation; spend time with other people (try not to become isolated) and get active – “anything you do with any kind of regularity will make a difference,” Phillips says.Ad ficatis auretica et;

Beth Cayce Recieves ALFA State Advocacy Award for Georgia

June 29, 2010
Beth Cayce Recieving Award

Beth Cayce Recieving Award

At the ALFA 2010 Conference & Expo in May, the California Assisted Living Association (CALA) and Georgia ALFA received the first Horace D’Angelo, Jr. Memorial AwardsLink Icon, in recognition of their outstanding advocacy efforts.

ALFA established the Horace D’Angelo, Jr. Memorial Award to honor the late Horace D’Angelo, Jr., founder of Caretel Inns and tireless advocate for seniors, and to underscore the importance of grassroots advocacy on behalf of senior living and the seniors and families served.

Both CALA and Georgia ALFA spearheaded legislation in their state legislatures that defends the rights of seniors to choose to remain in their assisted living communities as they become less mobile. The legislation passed in California and is pending in Georgia.

ALFA also honored Georgia State Representative Chuck Martin with the 2010 ALFA Statesman Award. Representative Martin introduced the bill pending in the Georgia legislature offering frailer seniors more choice in where they can live and receive personal care.

“As new laws and regulations are considered at all levels of government, ALFA and its state chapters and affiliates continue to support proposals embracing choice, dignity, independence and quality. Thank you to all our policymakers willing to fight for seniors’ rights,” says Richard P. Grimes, ALFA president and CEO.

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Boomers Fuel Demand for Doctors, Nurses

June 29, 2010

Doctor With much attention focused on boomers’ care needs and preferences in the next 20 years, less has been said about how many of them are retiring physicians and nurses, researchers say, which will create a dearth of health-care professionals for the nation’s seniors. For example, there will be 100,000 fewer doctors in the workforce in 2020.

A Washington Post report points to research recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association as well as statistics from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, New York University, and the University of Pennsylvania. According to recent numbers from NYU, 13 percent of newly registered nurses changed principal jobs after a year; 37 percent expressed interest in changing jobs after a year. These research results do not show shortages by field, such as geriatric nursing.

“Moving into the future, we see a very large shortage of nurses, about 300,000,” Peter Buerhaus, a nurse and health-care economist/professor at Vanderbilt University, said in a Post interview. “The future of nursing is dominated by aging baby-boomer nurses who are going to retire, and we are looking at massive shortages. Others are not picking up the retirement of physicians. There’s just not going to be as many doctors as needed out there.”

Read The Washington Post article, “Retirements by Baby-Boomer Doctors, Nurses Could Strain Overhaul.” | Go to Article