Fall Activities for Seniors

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Fall is the perfect time of year for seniors to get active again; it’s not too hot and not too cold.

If you think that you can’t enjoy activities because you are going into assisted living or already live in one, think again!!

Our Palm Coast assisted living communities offer all kinds of activities to keep you engaged and fit.

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Whether you enjoy card games, crafts, puzzles, or going on outings, these communities have something for everyone. Some examples are provided below with how they can help:

    • Yoga and Tai Chi – helps improve balance, strength, range of motion and can reduce pain and your risk of falling
    • Walking clubs – can offer a sense of well-being and an increase in health through the social connections made
    • Name that tune – it’s always fun to guess the song and sing-along to the music, plus it’s a great game to keep the mind sharp
    • Table games – help improve memory and sharpen cognitive skills
    • Corn hole – this helps with mobility and leg and arm strength
    • Cooking workshops – these are a great way to improve memory function. Remembering recipes and ingredients helps to sharpen and stimulate the brain
    • Dance classes – dancing helps improve your cardio, balance and mood and it’s fun too!
    • Painting classes – painting improves cognitive function because you have to use both sides of your brain at the same time
    • Bingo – bingo takes concentration which can help your short term memory and it promotes socialization
    • Wine socials – wine socials have improved a person’s morale, zest for life and sleep
    • Bible study – bible study classes bring you closer to your Faith and can provide you with peace of mind you may need
    • Movie night – back to socialization again which is so important and improves focus and can further delay memory loss
    • Excursions to local attractions – engaging and uplifting – the fresh air and sunshine does wonders for your health and your attitude
    • Sunday brunch – once again socialization here also and most important FOOD!! Yummy
    • Happy hour gatherings – camaraderie and engaging conversations
    • And let’s not forget the amazing holiday parties!! – a time to dress up, if you have the attire. Meeting new people is always exciting as family members are usually invited to holiday parties

The physical activities they offer are designed to keep you healthy and strong, plus they help you burn off the calories from the Sunday brunches!!

The games and puzzles are designed to keep your brain healthy and strong so you can stay engaged with other residents during the wine socials and happy hours.

And who doesn’t love wine socials and happy hours? How about a movie night? The camaraderie alone is fantastic! If you live alone, how much fun is that? Do you have anyone to talk to? Anyone to enjoy a movie with? Is there someone to enjoy the great meal you just prepared with, how about preparing the meal with someone?

Assisted living communities are the places to remain engaged and with Fall here it’s the best time of the year to be active.

These communities have wonderful activity directors who work hard to keep you young and young at heart.

There is always something happening in Palm Coast so there is never a lack of something to do; whether you live on your own, with someone else, or in an assisted living community there are plenty of activities to keep you robust and thriving.

The above is one of the reasons we at Assisted Living Made Simple want to know your social needs, we do NOT want to place you somewhere that has no activities when you are a social butterfly.

We want to ensure you have others to engage with if that’s the type of person you are.

We take the time to get to know YOU so you only move once!!

Different Types of Breast Cancer

Types of Breast Cancer

Did you know there are MANY different types of breast cancers?

I sure didn’t and couldn’t believe how many there are so I thought I’d share some with you!

Types of Breast Cancer

Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS)

this is a non-invasive breast cancer and starts inside the milk ducts. It’s not life threatening, but can lead to an invasive type of breast cancer later on. There are generally no signs or symptoms, but some may experience a discharge from the nipples or a lump in the breast.

Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC)

this is the most common type of breast cancer and invasive means cancer has spread to the breast tissues. If not treated, this cancer can spread to lymph nodes and possibly other areas of the body. This too may not show any signs or symptoms and usually first shows up in a mammogram which is why regular screening is so important.

Invasive Lobular Carcinoma (ILC) 

this is the second most common type of breast cancer and begins in the milk-carrying ducts and spreads beyond. Sometimes, the first sign of ILC is a hardening in the breast that can be felt, or the nipple may turn inward.

Inflammatory Breast Cancer

this is a rare and very aggressive form of breast cancer. It starts with reddening and swelling of the breast and can grow and spread quickly, worsening in a few hours to a few days. The breasts swell and become inflamed because the cancer cells clog the vessels that carry lymph.

Lobular Carcinoma In Situ (LCIS)

this is not a true breast cancer and is usually diagnosed before menopause age. There are no signs or symptoms and is found only when the breast is biopsied for some other reason.

Male Breast Cancer 

this is very rare, but can happen because men have breast tissue which are usually just mounds of fat. Men can develop breast cancer from certain types of medications they take. The symptoms are the same as they are for women.

Triple Negative Breast Cancer

this type of breast cancer is not caused by hormones, but by a specific gene which means it is hereditary. This cancer does not respond well to medications and is very aggressive, but there are therapies available to treat it.

Paget’s Disease of the Nipple

this is a rare form where the cancer cells collect around the nipple. Paget’s disease causes the nipple to become red, sore, flaky and scaly. There can also be itching, burning, pain and swelling.

Phyllodes Tumors of the Breast

these are extremely rare and tend to develop in women in their 40’s. The most common symptom is a lump your doctor can feel when examining the breast. They tend to grow rapidly, are generally not painful and can create a visible bulge as it pouches against the skin.

Recurrent Breast Cancer

this is a cancer that comes back in the same or opposite breast after a period of time. Sometimes a single cancer cell can survive radiation and chemo and is able to grow into a new tumor.

Metastatic Breast Cancer

this is the type of cancer that has spread to other parts of the body through the bloodstream and lymph nodes. Most women feel helpless when diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, but there are treatments that can control it for a number of years. Make sure you gather all the information needed to help you make a sound and well-informed decision about your particular situation.

As you can see, there are many types of breast cancer and I didn’t even cover all of them. Please visit breastcancer.org for more information on these and the other types of breast cancers.

And PLEASE get regular mammograms!! Early detection is the KEY!!!

October is breast cancer awareness month and there are many events happening in the area. The largest being the breast cancer walk on October 30 in Daytona Beach.

Palm Coast has a Pink on Parade 5k coming up on October 10, Pink Party in Ormond Beach on October 9 and many more.

Be sure to check them out!!

Safety Products for Alzheimer’s Patients

Safety Products for Alzheimer Patients

Assisted Living Made Simple holds (3) three Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Groups a month and are often asked what are some good products to keep our loved ones engaged and safe?

We’ll start with some items to keep them engaged.

Products to keep them engaged

Fidget quilts – these are lap throws that have things to keep them busy like zippers, buttons, belts and ties. However, if you see they start to get frustrated or it becomes too difficult for them, take it away from them gently.

Fidget Quilts

Larger size puzzles – wooden puzzles designed to make it easier for the person to complete it and have a sense of accomplishment.

Large size puzzles

Therapy pets – these pets are designed to have a calming and soothing effect on Alzheimer’s patients. They are so life-like and give the person a sense of purpose again as they must care for the pet.

Therapy pets for alzheimer patients

Twiddle muff – almost like a fidget quilt on the outside, it too has buttons, ribbons and beads, but on the inside in a squishy ball for them to squeeze to keep their hands busy.

Twiddle Muffs

Safety products:

Senior Cell Phone w/ Picture Dialing + GPS – they won’t have to remember phone numbers, only look at the picture and push the one they want to call. These cell phones come with a GPS tracking system so you will know where your loved one is at all times.

Phone for seniors with picture dialing

Wander alert alarm – if your loved one lives with you and not in a memory care facility yet and they tend to wander, you must have an alarm on the doors. The alarm alerts you when a door is being opened and most of them do not require the internet.

Wander alert alarm system

Door confounding lock – this is a special Alzheimer’s door lock that does not look like a lock. It opens by sliding the inner tab to unlock; caregivers will be able to open the lock, but those with Alzheimer’s will not be able to figure it out.

Door Confounding lock for alzheimers patients

Mats with wireless remote sensors – you can place these mats in chairs and/or beds and if the person tries to rise without help it will alert you. This is an easy way to prevent falls.

Wireless remote mat sensors

Do not enter signs – these signs can be placed on doors leading outside or where combustible materials could be stored to deter loved ones from opening the door.

Do not enter signs

Safety in the Home

    • Have emergency numbers and home address clearly visible by the telephone
    • Avoid using extension cords; they are a huge trip hazard
    • Cover unused electrical outlets
    • Turn the phone ringer on low when not home and use an answering machine to ensure you receive your messages and the Alzheimer’s person doesn’t fall prey to scammers
    • Make sure you have smoke detectors installed in the kitchen and bedroom areas
    • Avoid clutter and keep walkways free of furniture
    • Clearly mark all medications with the person’s name, drug name and strength, dosage and expiration date. Locking them up will ensure no accidents can happen.
    • Keep steps outside sturdy and place textured strips on them to prevent slips in icy or wet weather
    • If you have a swimming pool, consider fencing it in with a locking gate
    • Remove propane tanks and lighters from grills
    • Set a small bench by the front door to place items on while unlocking the door
    • Install motion sensor lights outside to light the path while the person walks
    • Make sure bushes are well away from walkways
    • Place a no soliciting sign at the front door

There are many things you can do around the house to keep your loved one suffering with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia safe. It’s as simple as purchasing products or making simple adjustments to rooms around your home.

Should you find that Alzheimer’s or dementia has declined so far and you just can’t take care of your loved one anymore, please reach out to us; this is what we do and we would be honored to assist you!

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Preserve Your Family Memories

Preserving Family Memories with these resourses

We often hear family members say, I sure wish I could hear mom or dad’s voice again, or if only I could hear that story one more time.

Well, you can, next time your parents or grandparents start telling a story, push record or video them on your phone.

This way you will have it forever; you can download it to a computer, or a jump drive and have it for the rest of your life and your children’s lives.

Preserving Family Memories with these resourses

What are some of the stories you will want to record?

If you have something specific you want to know about, be sure to ask them and make sure you record it; don’t depend on your memory!

In case you don’t have anything specific in mind, here are some key topics that may help:

  • Lifelong lessons and anecdotes
  • Treasured stories
  • Funny stories
  • Turning points
  • Joyful times
  • Sad times
  • Family traditions
  • Struggles and challenges
  • Proud moments
  • Things they wish they could change
  • Family history of other children
  • Family history of grandparents

The above are just some of the things that have probably made the largest impressions on your parents and they have made the biggest impact on their lives. You may find you have a lot in common or find things about them you didn’t even know.

If you are downsizing your parents or having to move them to a memory care facility, you may come across some of the following items that you want to hold on to since they play a large part in your family history.

  • Family photos, albums
  • Diaries
  • Mementos
  • Letters
  • Books
  • Family records
  • Photographs
  • VCR tapes/DVDs/CDs
  • Scrapbook, memory books

Once you have the above gathered, consider digitizing everything.

Old photos and letters fade, VCR tapes can be turned into DVDs or CDs and mementos can be stored in a safe place so you can go back to them whenever you’d like.

On Facebook, they have this link where you can view your past year in photos. I have done this several times and think it is a fabulous idea!

It shows everything I have posted for the year and I get to look back at all of the milestones and memories! It then gives you the option to create a photo book and I did this three years in a row.

It was the best thing I ever did; those three years held some of the most precious memories I had and now I can look back on them whenever I choose, not just when Facebook decides to throw them up on my wall.

This is a very inexpensive way to preserve your memories and keep a lasting record of all your accomplishments. The photos are very good quality and the cover of the book is a nice glossy coating. If I remember correctly, I think my books were only around $25.00 and I had approximately thirty pictures in each book.

The next book will be one of my mother and myself; I want those photos forever!

As you can see, there are many ways to preserve family memories; no matter how you choose to preserve yours, please preserve them. That is the important thing, that you preserve your family memories and history.

Your children, their children, their children and their children may want to know all about the history of their family one day and YOU will have preserved it for them to cherish.

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Senior Discounts at Age 55+

Senior Discounts for those over 55+

Start Reaping the Rewards of Getting Older: Senior Discounts at age 55+

Oh no! I just turned 55, I’m now considered a “Senior” yikes! Being 55+ doesn’t have to be a bad thing, you just have to look at it the right way. Look at all the perks that come along with aging!

Senior Discounts for those over 55+

At age 55 you are an AARP member! YAY!!! Big discounts for you! Below is a list of places that offer discounts for those 55+ as well:

Arby’s Restaurants
Chili’s Restaurants
Corky’s Restaurant & Bakery
Fuddrucker’s
Golden Corral
IHOP
KFC
McDonald’s
Perkin’s
Uno Pizzeria

They sure want us to eat well! The list doesn’t include the places that accept AARP discounts!! WOW!!

At age 60, you reap the above plus so many more discounts:

Applebee’s
Ben & Jerry’s
Bennigan’s
Culver’s
Einstein’s Bagels
Mrs. Fields
Ponderosa
Sonic
Subway
Waffle House

From 62+ you receive discounts just about everywhere you go! See, it’s all about how you look at it. You can choose to sulk about turning 55, or you can celebrate all the discounts you’ll receive.

Retail Shops

There are many retail stores which offer discounts to those 55+ also. The great thing is that they are very close to the senior living communities in Port Orange.  You have Beall’s, CVS, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Joann Fabric, Ross Dress for Less, Michael’s, the Tanger Outlets and Walgreens.

Some of them require you to sign up in order to get the discounts, but who cares as long as it saves you money, right?

Even though it hasn’t been such a good time for a cruise recently, remember almost all the cruise companies offer a 55+ or an AARP discount on cruise packages.

Please utilize your discount!

Remember when you’d travel and the only discount available was AAA?

Well, no more, it’s now AARP, yes that’s right, you can get discounts on hotels and rental cars with your AARP membership. But don’t forget to ask if they accept AARP! If they don’t know you are a member, they can’t give you a discount.

Internet and Cell Discounts

There are so many internet and cell phone companies out there for seniors now, so if you don’t need that iPhone anymore and want to save money check out some of the companies below.

AT&T, Consumer Cellular, Jitterbug, Verizon, and T Mobile.

Each company offers a plan specifically designed for the senior in mind with unlimited talk, text, and data if that’s what you need. Of course, you can just get your basic phone too, that’s what my mother has as she has a hard time seeing and working a smartphone.

Recreational

Did you know you can get discounts on arts, parks (theme and state), movies, theaters, golf, and museums also? You just have to ask if they offer senior discounts, don’t be shy, you earned the right to these discounts,

USE THEM!!!

Education

If you want to go back to school and learn something new you can receive discounts on tuition too!

Some colleges and universities offer discounts for those over 55 years of age, once again, make sure you ask about the discount to receive it.

Seniors receive discounts on home security systems, printing and shipping from the UPS Store, medical alert systems, Norton LifeLock and antivirus, and so much more!

If you have access to a computer, just google senior discounts and you will be amazed at all the money you can be saving on things you use daily!

See, who said turning 55 was such a bad thing? I think it’s pretty great, just from the discounts we receive!

Enjoy!!

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Dehydration and Seniors

Tips for Prevention and Treatment of dehydration in Seniors

Tips on Prevention and Treatment

Staying hydrated is so important for everyone, but especially more important for seniors.

A lot of seniors will just sometimes forget to drink enough and that makes it even harder to ensure they are hydrated. For seniors, good hydration ensures their medications work properly.

Some health risks that come with dehydration:

  • shock
  • heatstroke
  • fainting
  • seizures
  • kidney failure or stones
  • urinary tract infections.

Of course, these can happen in anyone, but when you’re older you can’t fight them off like you used to.

Also, when you’re older you don’t realize you’re dehydrated because seniors have less efficient kidneys so the urine contains more water and seniors have a decreased ability to keep fluids in balance with their bodies.

Tips for Prevention and Treatment of dehydration in Seniors

Symptoms of dehydration

Here are some of the symptoms of dehydration. There are mild and severe symptoms; mild symptoms can usually be rectified by you or someone else, severe symptoms require medical assistance.

Mild Symptoms

  1. Dry mouth
  2. Tiredness
  3. Infrequent urination
  4. Dizziness
  5. Headaches
  6. Irritability

The best way to treat mild dehydration is by replacing the lost fluids with drinking water or another liquid containing electrolytes.

Do NOT drink sugary liquids such as sodas.

Severe Symptoms

  1. Bloated stomach
  2. Low blood pressure
  3. Convulsions
  4. Severe cramping
  5. Confusion
  6. Dry, sunken eyes

The only way to treat severe symptoms of dehydration is by an IV with electrolytes and salt.

PLEASE seek immediate medical assistance.

How much water do seniors need?

You can figure how much water you need to drink pretty easily; you divide your body weight in half to get the number of ounces you need to drink a day.

For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, you would need to drink 80 ounces of water. A glass holds 8 ounces, so you would need to drink 10 glasses of water a day.

Benefits of drinking enough water

Drinking enough water can help keep you healthy, but can also help with the following:

  • Less constipation
  • Fewer falls
  • Less urinary tract infections
  • Reduced risk of colorectal cancer

If you’re planning on being outside, especially here in Ormond Beach, Florida, your water intake will need to be considerably higher. The heat and sun can drain your body of the fluids you need and you can become dehydrated quickly.

Do not drink cold water too quickly, it can actually make you sick as it can cause your body to go into shock. This is rare and pretty severe, but it can happen. So just be careful.

I always drink room temperature water when on the golf course. One day it was extremely hot and I thought I’d take some cold water, BIG mistake.

Yes, it tasted so good and it was very refreshing, but I drank it so quickly that I was sick to my stomach and almost vomited. I stick with the room temperature water from now on and have iced tea when I go inside.

Please make sure your loved one stays hydrated, it’s so important to their health and well-being!

Should you notice signs of dehydration, PLEASE seek assistance immediately!!

Stay hydrated my friends!!!

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Frontotemporal Dementia: Signs & Symptoms

Have you ever heard of Frontotemporal Dementia?

I haven’t until I read this article; I think this is very important information and needs to be out there for everyone.

Please after reading my highlights, follow up and read the entire article; trust me, it will be well worth it.

1. Frontotemporal dementia tends to start at younger ages; often between the ages of forty-five and sixty-five, but can start as early as twenty.

2. Frontotemporal dementia can be confused with depression, schizophrenia, or Alzheimer’s, thus making it hard to diagnose. The part of the brain that is affected controls personality, emotions, behaviors, and speech. In the beginning, it leaves the part of the brain alone that controls your short-term memory, which would make you think you’re perfectly fine.

3. The signs and symptoms can look like you are withdrawn, anti-social, depressed. You can show signs of a lack of personal hygiene, overeating and severe weight gain. The person with FTD may be unaware they are displaying these behaviors as it is a disease of the brain.

4. There are signs and symptoms with a person’s speech, such as finding the right word to say, speaking with hesitation. Should you notice any of these changes in you or someone you know, you may want to be checked out by a doctor just to be safe.

5. You will need to have blood work, brain imaging, an MRI and a CT scan done along with any other testing your doctor feels appropriate to diagnose FTD or to rule out other causes for your symptoms.

6. Right now, the only risk factor for FTD is a family history of dementia, but not all those with FTD have a history of dementia. There is no cure for FTD, but there are medications that can improve the quality of life for those living with FTD.

I think you should all read the full article for more information; of course, it’s up to you, but it will be well worth it. The signs and symptoms of FTD mask everyday signs and symptoms of just about everything. Perhaps that’s what I found most fascinating.

Please click on the link below.

If you think your loved one has symptoms of Alzheimer’s or related dementia, please get them to a doctor quickly. Also, contact Assisted Living Made Simple for more information on our monthly Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Groups.

The Essential Facts about Frontotemporal Dementia!

Assisted Living vs Independent Living

Assisted Living vs Independent Living

What exactly is the difference between assisted living and independent living?

Assisted Living can be defined as resort-style living with care.

Assisted Living

Assisted Living vs Independent Living

Assisted living is great for seniors who no longer want to live alone and maintain a home, but want to live an active, social lifestyle. Seniors in assisted living are usually active but may need assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, medication management, and meal preparation. Communities do have nursing available should you require it and some have it available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Some of the amenities of an assisted living community are:

  • Three meals a day, in a restaurant-style atmosphere
  • Transportation to and from doctor’s appointments
  • Happy hours
  • Activities based on holidays and residents interests
  • Laundry, housekeeping, maintenance
  • Spacious apartments (some with small kitchenettes)
  • Wider doorways and ramps to allow easier access for wheelchairs and walkers

Assisted living is private pay, but once you factor in everything you receive, it costs about the same as living in your house. To find out more, check out my other blog, Aging in Place.

The stigma of having to be old to live in an assisted living community is gone. There are so many younger seniors deciding to move into assisted living for peace of mind, socialization and security.

Some as young as 60 years old are moving in because they may have lost a spouse and can’t get around like they used to and are in fear of living alone.

Independent Living

Independent Living

Independent living is great for seniors who no longer want to live alone and maintain a home, but want to live an active, social lifestyle as well.

However, there is no medical or nursing assistance available for those who may need it; independent living focuses more on convenience and lifestyle.

Seniors in independent living communities may be able to prepare their own meals or order meals, but will not have the nutritional benefits available to those in assisted living.

Independent living is more for the seniors who do not wish to maintain their home and are still able to perform the activities of daily living.

Most independent living communities offer aging in place, where as your health declines you can move into assisted living without leaving the same community.

Independent living communities are only regulated if they receive funds from Medicare or Medicaid and most of them do not receive these funds. However, they are inspected by the state semi-annually and any staff must meet certain criteria.

Some of the amenities of an independent living community are as follows:

  • Maintaining your independence
  • A community of your peers and no children
  • Security
  • Maintenance-free lifestyle
  • Active calendar of social events
  • Ability to age in place

What is the cost of independent living compared to assisted living?

Independent living costs are generally lower than assisted living because you don’t require any care. However, should you decide to live somewhere like Margaritaville, I hear it can be pretty costly.

At Assisted Living Made Simple we recommend someplace you will be able to age in place because we don’t want you to move again.

Uprooting a second time, especially if your health is declining, can be extremely difficult on everyone involved. It’s much easier if you already live in the same community and you only have to move from one area to another.

When should you move from independent living to assisted living?

The move to assisted living depends on the decline in your health. Some independent living communities contract with home health companies who will come in and check on your well-being. However, should the time come when you are unable to perform the activities of daily living, such as, bathing, dressing, medication management, or should you require more assistance but not hospitalization, it may be time to move into assisted living where you will receive the care and assistance you need.

How to decide which is right for you.

If you are still active and in good health then you will probably want to choose independent living, but please choose a place where they offer aging in place. This is so important, we really don’t want you to move again. Also, try not to break the bank on your community because if you move in early and live a long life, you just may need that money for assisted living should your health decline (hopefully it won’t). Always have a plan!!!

Recipes for Seniors to Beat the Summer Heat

Summer Recipes for Seniors - Broccoli Salad

Summertime in Florida is in full swing and with all the summer activities seniors can do, one of those is to cook delicious food without heating up the kitchen.

If you live in Florida you know it’s just too darn hot to cook anything!

What do you do?

Here are some recipes that are perfect to help beat the summer heat!

How about a wonderful salad, here’s an easy broccoli crunch salad; the best part is . . . NO HEAT REQUIRED!

BROCCOLI CRUNCH SALAD

For the dressing:
⅔ cup mayonnaise
1 ½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
1 garlic clove, minced (optional)
½ teaspoon superfine sugar (granulated is fine)
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper

For the salad:
2 heads broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets you can also trim, peel and cube the stems or reserve for another use at another time
5 rashers cooked bacon, chopped
½ cup chopped and dry roasted cashews
⅓ cup Zante currants
¼ cup diced red onions, optional
1 green onion, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Place all dressing ingredients into a small mixing bowl and whisk together.
  2. Place broccoli florets into a large mixing bowl and top with dressing. Fold together until fully combined.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and fold together. Adjust seasonings. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 1 day.
    4. Give salad a good toss before serving.

Doesn’t that sound real good?

Please if you make it, bring some by our office so I can test it out for you and make sure you did it correctly!!

View Story and Images about this Salad Here!

Got shrimp?

No?

Let’s get some & have some Hawaiian-style crispy garlic butter shrimp!

HAWAIIAN STYLE CRISPY GARLIC BUTTER SHRIMP

Ingredients

1 cup flour
3 tablespoons smoked paprika, divided
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon onion powder
24 jumbo shrimp, deveined and cleaned with shells and tails intact swimming legs removed, optional
4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
4 tablespoons salted butter
5 garlic cloves, minced
2 green onion, thinly sliced
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups chopped pineapple for serving
4 cups steamed white rice for serving

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a shallow bowl combine flour, 2 tablespoons paprika, garlic powder, cumin, and onion powder and whisk together.
  2. Lightly season shrimp with salt and pepper on both sides. Carefully dredge each shrimp in flour mixture until fully coated. Shake off any excess coating so each shrimp is only covered in a thin layer of flour mixture.
  3. Place shrimp onto a baking sheet lined with a cooling rack.
  4. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons of oil.
  5. Add half shrimp into the hot skillet and pan-fry for about 2 minutes on each side.
  6. Transfer back onto the cooling rack, add remaining oil to the skillet and repeat with remaining shrimp.
  7. Once all shrimp has been pan-fried and placed back onto the cooling rack, clean the skillet.
  8. Place cleaned skillet back over medium-high heat and melt butter. Add remaining tablespoon paprika and garlic to melted butter and saute for 30 seconds. Add all shrimp back to the skillet and toss together until all shrimp is well coated. Saute for 2 to 4 minutes or until all shrimp has just cooked through. Lightly season with salt and pepper.
  9. To serve: Place a bed of rice onto a plate or platter with some bite-sized chunks of pineapple. Pour crispy, garlic-butter shrimp and any excess butter over rice and pineapple and finish with green onions. Serve.

YUMMY!!!

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Here’s another great salad for the vegetarians out there:

ULTIMATE CAPRESE SALAD

Ingredients

1 pint mixed cherry tomatoes, halved
7 tablespoons (or more) extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Flaky sea salt
2 pounds mixed medium and large tomatoes, cut into thin slices and/or wedges
8 ounces mozzarella, room temperature, torn into pieces
Coarsely ground black pepper
Small basil leaves and toasted country bread (for serving)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Toss cherry tomatoes with 1 Tbsp. oil in a small bowl; season with salt.
  2. Arrange tomato slices on a platter, slightly overlapping; season generously with salt. Arrange mozzarella over tomatoes; lightly season mozzarella with salt. Spoon cherry tomatoes over salad and drizzle with 6 Tbsp. oil; season with pepper. Let stand for 30 minutes to let flavors meld and release juices from tomatoes and mozzarella.
  3. Top salad with basil and additional salt and oil, if desired. Serve with bread alongside.

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Now that you have all the recipes, please make them and drop some by the office for the taste tester.

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If you need help or encouragement as a Caregiver give us a call at 386-847-2322 or check out our Caregiver Support Group. Our Senior Advisors are here to walk with you through this journey.

Organizations/Resources That Help the Elderly and Caregivers

Resources for the Elderly and Caregivers

We receive calls every day asking who can help me with this or that? Well, there are organizations and companies that cater to our seniors.

We have a lot of them already listed over on our Resources page but I wanted to share some that you may not know about here.

Resources for the Elderly and Caregivers 

Florida Ombudsman Program

The mission of the Florida Ombudsman Program is to improve the quality of life for all Florida long-term care residents by advocating for and protecting their health, safety, welfare, and rights.

They are advocates for those living in nursing homes, assisted living communities, and adult family care homes.

All their services are confidential and free of charge.

You can find information about resident’s rights and training on their website. You can also find out how to volunteer, read news and publications, watch videos, and file a complaint.

If you click on their links tab, you will find a wealth of information there as well.

Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA)

Want to know if a facility has had any violations or who owns it?

The AHCA’s  mission is “Better Health Care for all Floridians.”

They are responsible for administering the Florida Medicaid program, licensure and regulation of Florida’s health facilities, and providing information to Floridians about the quality of care they receive.

On the AHCA website, you can find out about a certain community, such as if they are licensed, how many violations they received, and who the owner/owners are.

You can also report a facility if you feel the facility is putting residents at risk.

AARP

AARP’s mission is to empower people to choose how they live as they age.

Their website provides a wide variety of services from help with tax preparation to free online classes. You can find just about anything you’re looking for on their website and it’s all free as well.

Senior Relocation Services

Senior Relocation Services are professional movers who cater exclusively to the senior community.

They have extensive experience in doing the physical move for families when downsizing – from an assessment of what will fit into the new home to assisting in final set up – making the move less stressful.

They are aware of Relocation Trauma and are mindful of it during the whole process. Comfort and familiarity is their goal.

Services include organizing, packing/unpacking, developing floor plans, home staging and more.

They will also take care of the move for you, eliminating the extra step.

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Assisted Living Made Simple holds three (3) Alzheimer’s/Dementia caregiver support groups a month.

They are monthly education and support groups designed to provide emotional, education, and social support to those who are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or related dementia.

We have one in Port Orange on the first Friday of each month, one in New Smyrna on the second Tuesday of each month, and one on the third Tuesday of each month in Ormond Beach.

Our support groups are amazing and caregivers feel so much lighter and relieved after attending a group. They realize they are not alone.

Please visit our website at www.almsnsb.com and click on the resources for more helpful links. You are always welcome to call us at 386-847-2322 for more direction as well.

If you need help or encouragement as a Caregiver give us a call at 800-345-7311 or check out our Caregiver Support Group. Our Senior Advisors are here to walk with you through this journey.