Say good-bye to 2009 and ring in the New Year- healthfully!!
Create some fireworks with new dips and desserts for your guests at your New Year's celebration.
• Try fat-free yogurt mixed with salsa and spinach served with low-fat crackers
• Mix salsa with black beans, baby white corn and cilantro with baked tortilla chips
• Serve hummus on flatbread or vegetable sticks
To satisfy a sweet tooth, try:
• Fruit kabobs with powdered sugar
• Fruit with fat-free yogurt served in parfait glasses
• Cocoa in place of chocolate for less fat and calories
Since New Year's Eve parties often last for hours, serve food three to four hours apart from each other, making it easier for your guests to eat less.
(Produced by ADA's Public Relations Team)
Winter Weather Terms
As the winter weather season approaches, do you know what the various weather warnings and advisories mean?
WINTER STORM WATCH: Issued for the possibility of severe life-threatening winter weather conditions including: heavy snow, heavy ice and/or near blizzard conditions. Forecasters are typically 50 percent confident that severe winter weather will materialize when a watch is issued.
WINTER STORM WARNING: Issued for a combination of heavy snow and/or ice, or which, at least one exceeds or meets warning criteria. Winter weather is expected to cause life-threatening public impact for a combination of winter hazards including heavy snow, ice, near blizzard conditions, blowing and drifting snow and/or dangerous wind chills.
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY: Issued for a hazardous combination of snow, and ice of which neither meets or exceeds warning criteria. Issued for winter weather that will cause significant inconveniences or could be life-threatening if the proper precautions are not taken.
Bathing and Alzheimer's Disease
Bathing is often called the most challenging activity for both the person with dementia and the caregiver. Standing naked, afraid of falling, in a room that may be drafty, with water coming from all kinds of unexpected places may result in pain, fatigue, weakness, confusion, and anxiety for the person with AD.
To Make Bathing Easier:
• Let the person feel in control. (Does he/she prefer a tub bath or shower and what time of day)
• Create a Safe atmosphere. Put non-slip adhesives on the floor and bottom of tub, install grab bars to prevent falls, test the water temperature in advance. • Use a bath bench. Respect the person's dignity. Allow the person to keep a towel around him both in and out of the shower, if necessary.
• Don't worry about bathing. It doesn't have to be done every day. Sponge baths can be used in between showers and baths.
* Be gentle. The person's skin may be sensitive. Avoid scrubbing. Pat dry. Use lotion.
* Be flexible. If the person does not want a shampoo, use a wash cloth to soap and rinse the hair, or a shampoo in a cap or no rinse shampoo can be substituted for a regular shampoo.
* Talk with the person. Tell him what you are going to do next, encourage him to wash areas that he can and watch that the flow of water is not too strong. A person can also be washed in bed, if showers or baths are not comfortable or feasible.
(Taken from Caregiver Assistance News)