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First Quarter: Corewood Care Giving Back

First Quarter: Corewood Care Giving Back

At Corewood Care we strive to give back to the community and provide the community with the resources they need. Below is an overview of some of the events we have sponsored this quarter.

Thank you to everyone who has been a part of our events so far this year. Make sure to explore our social media pages to learn about future Corewood Care events!

Parkinson’s Foundation of the National Capital Area (PFNCA) Event – Corewood Care, Kensington Park and Kendra Scott came together to support the Parkinson’s Foundation of the National Capital Area (PFNCA).  The event took place at Kendra Scott in Downtown Bethesda this April. 20% of all proceeds were donated to the PFNCA. Kendra Scott is a woman owned business, offering beautiful and affordable jewelry.

Caregiver Stress Relief Seminar – As part of our community seminar series, our team held a Caregiver Stress Relief Seminar at Brookdale Olney Assisted Senior Living this April.  Our Care Management team spoke to caregivers and individuals who needed support. If you are a caregiver in need of stress relief information, check out the Mayo Clinic’s resources. Learn how respite care and support groups may be of help to you. 

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April is National Stress Awareness Month

April is designated as the month to focus on both the causes and cures of stress, which is considered to be a modern epidemic. The Health Resource Network annually sponsors April as National Stress Awareness Month to promote public awareness about stress and the associated risks.  Many of us do not recognize the symptoms of stress and often fail to realize the dangers until it is too late.  While stress is a normal part of life, too much can affect emotions, behaviors, the ability to think and physical health.  According to the Cleveland Clinic, certain diseases such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, peptic ulcer disease, or cardiac disease can worsen with mental stress.

As the population ages, more caregiving is being provided by family members. Those who care for family members are at an increased risk for stress and adverse health outcomes as a result. Family caregivers are often so focused on their loved one’s health, that they fail to realize their own well-being is at risk. Check out Caregiver Stress: Tips for Taking Care of Yourself for more information on the signs of stress and strategies for coping. Make sure to use National Stress Awareness Month as a time to bring extra awareness to the well-being of yourself and others!

Links:

The Health Resource Network

http://www.stresscure.com/hrn/Default.htm

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Emotional Support Animals

Whether it's a passenger fearful of flying, someone coping poorly with a past traumatic situation, or a student who gets nervous before taking tests, an increasing number of people are leaning on animals to provide comfort. 

So what animals should qualify as ESA's? While generally, they are dogs or cats, ESA's can be any domestic animal, including not only rabbits, mice, ferrets, and guinea pigs, but also snakes, ducks, and potbellied pigs. The only stipulation is that the animal can't be a health or safety threat to other people and that the owner must be able to keep it under control in public so it doesn't become a nuisance. The animal also can't be an illegal to own, such as an exotic or wild animal. 

ESA's do not require special training to do their job. The idea is that their mere presence helps someone with an emotional disability live independently and adapt to stressful situations. 

Many people can benefit from the companionship of an emotional support animal, reducing or eliminating the need to take medication, such as for anxiety or depression. In 2013, the American Heart Association even found that pet ownership was linked to lower blood pressure, heart rate, and blood cholesterol. If you think you have a legitimate need for an ESA the team at Corewood suggests seeing a mental health professional who can evaluate you and provide you with numerous ways to cope. In the meantime, you can always schedule a visit from one of our team members and we might just bring along our therapy dog, Pickle!

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Creating a Culture of Hope 

At Corewood we strongly believe that our community is our family. We believe that the effort, love, and consideration we give to those around us matters. We want to live in a better world and believe that individuals are represented by more than their own actions that we are all a reflection of the community we helped create. That in fact, a community is a mirror image of what we each put into it.

Goodness provides a sense of stability, of trust. This is especially the case in times of adversity or loss. In a culture where your community is at the core of the word, good and we treat others how we wish we were to be treated we create a culture where those who are vulnerable rest assured knowing that those around them are dedicated to being there for them. In knowing this, we have created a culture of hope. We hope to be apart of that effort, for those around us to have a belief in their community and also themselves. We believe in the strength of individuality, that you can conquer anything that comes your way, and that you are enough. We must each own this, become it, be there for others, and in turn, we will see the world we wish to live in every day.

We are each unique, our needs are unique. What is right for me is not right for you. That being said there comes a time and a place where we have to trust others. Trust others to carry out our wishes honor our choices, and continue and help you and your community thrive in a ‘culture of hope’. Our care managers make an effort to ensure you make your choices known, provide you with the tools to make the decisions that best fit your unique self, and then help lay out a plan of action and execute that plan. 

Care management is especially helpful during health crises, cognitive decline, rehabilitation, life transitions, and when family members are not available to provide assistance to spouses or parents. Care Managers are aware of community resources and provide guidance. They coordinate care and services to meet the client's psychosocial, physical, and emotional healthcare needs. They are also well versed in the legal and financial steps necessary to prepare for long-term care and work closely with elder care attorneys and financial planners to ensure that medical and legal advanced planning is in place. 

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Resources for a Better Life

Need to go to the Dentist but don't want to spend 40 minutes in a waiting room? Did you know that one can help you with all of your dental needs in the comfort of your own home. Do you want to meet other people in the area who are also experiencing loved ones with Alzheimers symptoms? There are a variety of social and support groups in your neighborhood. The below list is comprised of resources in your community that will help you stay happy, healthy, and at home! Even better, all of the following are local, family-owned, or non-profit organizations.

Maryland Department of Aging   |   Phone: 410.767.1100      

Website: http://www.aging.maryland.gov/

Address: 301 West Preston Street Suite 1007 Baltimore, MD 21201

Mission: A proactive body that provides statewide leadership on diverse senior issues and advocates for practical solutions

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Immunization Awareness Month

imune smallAugust marks the beginning of back to school shopping and the last full month of summer.

And with fall peeking its head around the corner, bringing with it the start of cold and flu season, it makes sense that August also marks National Immunization Awareness Month.

Many immunizations for kids are dictated by the school system, but this doesn't cover all of the preventative immunizations out there, such as the chicken pox vaccination, that exist in today's medical practices.

As far as adult immunizations go, many aren't aware of what to get and why. And some immunizations are covered by insurance, while others are not. So, we are here to help our residents navigate the ins and outs of immunizations with the top 6 things you should know:

  • Why get vaccinated? Some infectious diseases are considered "vaccine-preventable," meaning that a vaccine can prevent the disease, which is much easier and less expensive than treating it. If you're not immunized, some of these diseases could result in hospitalization or premature death. At the very least, one of these diseases would result in doctor's bills and missed work. Also, by getting recommended vaccinations you are in effect protecting the future generations, helping to wipe out these diseases all together.
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Homecare Advantages

 

There are many advantages to home care, are you aware of them?

 

The biggest advantage of in-home care for seniors; it allows older adults to age in place and avoid making the move to an institution. At home, seniors feel most comfortable with the environment they are comfortable with. The significant factor of receiving care at home depends on the level of need by a person.

 

Benefits of Home Care

In-home care gives families the confidence and peace knowing their aging loved ones are comfortable at home and receiving professional, compassionate, and personalized care.

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July UV Safety Month

 

It’s no surprise that UV Safety Month is in July – a month filled with hot days, summer vacations and plenty of outdoor activities.

 

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Most cases of melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer, are caused by exposure to ultraviolet rays. To lower your skin cancer risk, protect your skin from the sun and avoid indoor tanning.

Despite ongoing awareness efforts around sun safety, a million cases of skin cancer are still diagnosed every year. One in five Americans will get skin cancer during their lifetime, and it’s the second-most diagnosed form of cancer in 15 to 29-year-olds. When detected early, skin cancer has a 98% survival rate.

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June is Aphasia Awareness Month

What is aphasia?

Aphasia is a communication disorder that results from damage to the parts of the brain that contain language. Individuals who experience damage to the right side of the brain may have additional difficulties beyond speech and language issues. Aphasia may cause difficulties in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, but does not affect intelligence. 

What causes aphasia? 

Aphasia is most often caused by stroke. However, any disease or damage to the parts of the brain that control language can cause aphasia. These include brain tumors, traumatic brain injury, and progressive neurological disorders. 

What are some signs or symptoms of aphasia?

 

Difficulty producing language:

Have trouble coming up with the words they want to saySubstitute the intended word with another word that may be related in meaning to the targetUse made-up wordsHave difficulty putting words together to form sentences String together made-up words and real words fluently but without making sense

Difficulty understanding language:

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Stroke Awareness Month

 

May is Stroke Awareness Month, and so we wanted to summarize a few key facts about stroke in one convenient spot!

 

Read on and spread the word – everyone should know stroke warning signs, the life-altering effects of stroke, and what kind of treatment stroke survivors can do to regain control of their lives!

 

What is a stroke?

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Melanoma Awareness Month

 

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US, and each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer.

 

Skin cancer can affect anyone, regardless of skin color, gender or age. In fact, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime. These facts may be alarming, but because skin cancer is mainly a behavioral disease, it is highly preventable.

About 86 percent of melanoma and 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. That’s why embracing proper sun protection is critical all year-round. The good news? Skin cancer can almost always be cured when it’s found and treated early. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to prevent skin cancer or detect it early on.

Follow these Prevention Guidelines to stay sun-safe:

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April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month!

Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative condition and after Alzheimer's is the second most common disease in the United States.

 

Neurodegenerative is a term which refers to a progressive loss of nerve cells and/or their function. Neurodegeneration from Parkinson's disease can give rise to a wide spectrum of symptoms; symptoms can vary widely between people in terms of their type and severity.

 

Symptoms of Parkinson's disease include:difficulties with balance, swallowing, chewing and speakingtremorslownessconstipationsleep disruptionconstipationpsychological issues including problems with cognition, anxiety and depression

One of the most noticeable symptoms of Parkinson's disease is tremor in which the body makes involuntary quivering movements. As the disease progresses, symptoms can worsen. For example, over time a person may not be able to move, speak or swallow. This can often arise 4-8 years after the initial onset of Parkinson's disease. The cause of Parkinson's disease is unknown and there are no known successful treatments which can delay or stop its progression.

 

How can you help? Reach out to someone with Parkinson’s. If you know someone in your family, social circle or community with Parkinson’s, consider reaching out to them. Educate yourself and others. This disease is not limited to the tremor that mostly defines the general public’s understanding of the disease. What is less known is the pervasiveness of Parkinson’s, how it causes everything from mood disorder such as depression and anxiety, dementia, urinary incontinence, constipation, swallowing difficulties, pain and sleep disorders to name but a few. Raise money for research. Consider supporting fundraising events for Parkinson’s disease or raise money on your own accord. It takes a significant amount of money for a drug to make it from the lab to the pharmacy shelf.
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Elderly insomnia

 

Did you know insomnia is present at all ages and affects more people than you think?

 

What is insomnia?

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterized by a difficulty of falling asleep and/or staying asleep. An insomniac will experience these occurrences at least 3 times a week.

There are two stages of insomnia:

Acute insomniaChronic insomnia

Acute insomnia is when these symptoms last less than a month. Chronic insomnia is when the symptomes persist more than a month.Insomnia affects the quality and the quantity of sleep. This causes daytime sleepiness and fatigue. If this persists, feelings of irritability, anxiety or depression may occur.

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Some Of The Most Common Cancers Can Be Prevented

Did you know that approximately one-third of cases of the most common cancers in the U.S. could be prevented by eating healthy, being active, and staying lean? 

That's an estimated 374,000 cases of cancer in the United States that would never happen. 

Corewood’s 3 Guidelines for Cancer Prevention can help you focus on what’s most important.Choose mostly plant foods, limit red meat and avoid processed meat.Be physically active every day in any way for 30 minutes or more.Aim to be a healthy weight throughout life.

Choose mostly plant foods, limit red meat and avoid processed meat. You already know that limiting high-calorie treats is a good idea. But did you know that if you try to prepare meals focused around vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans, you’ll help support your body against cancer? 

Be physically active every day in any way for 30 minutes or more. Remember: Every day – in any way. That means you don’t need a gym membership – you just need to get your heart pumping. Being physically active for a total of least 30 minutes a day -- whether you’re walking, cleaning, dancing or hiking. Doing these activities will lower your risk for cancer.

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Heart disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.

Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices. Make a difference in your community: Spread the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encourage people to live heart healthy lives.

What is Heart Disease?


It is a disorder of the blood vessels of the heart that can lead to heart attack. A heart attack happens when an artery becomes blocked, preventing oxygen and nutrients from getting to the heart. Heart disease is one of several cardiovascular diseases, which are diseases of the heart and blood vessel system. Other cardiovascular diseases include stroke, high blood pressure, angina (chest pain), and rheumatic heart disease.

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National Glaucoma Awareness month

January is National Glaucoma Awareness month.

This is an important time to spread the word about this sight-stealing disease. Glaucoma is called the “sneak thief of sight” due to having no noticeable symptoms in its early stages. Vision loss progresses at such a gradual rate that individuals affected by the condition are often unaware of it until their sight is compromised.

Currently, glaucoma is not a curable disease and most damage caused by the disease cannot be reversed. However, there are existing treatments that can slow the progression of the disease for most patients. Some of these treatments include:

  • Prescription eyedrops – decrease eye pressure and improve eye fluid drainage.
  • Oral medications – Common medication is carbonic anhydrase inhibitor
  • Laser Surgery – Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty, Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty, Laser Peripheral Iridotomy, Cycloablation
  • Filtering Surgery – Also known as a trabeculectomy, small opening created in the white of the eye to remove part of the trabecular meshwork.
  • Drainage Tubes – small tubes inserted into the eye to assist with draining excess fluid.
  • Electrocautery – minimally invasive procedure used to remove tissue from the travecular meshwork.
  • Emerging Therapies – new drugs, surgical procedures and devices
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The holiday season is a joyous time for most to share the delights of family life and friendships.

Unfortunately, many older adults may find the holidays hectic, confusing, and even depressing, depending on their mental or physical conditions.

With all the “hustle and bustle” of the season, remember to be sensitive and loving. It is always best to plan for these occasions.

The good news is that everyone can help to make sure your loved ones enjoy the holidays by doing the following:

1. Take a stroll down memory lane. Many seniors enjoy speaking to their families about their previous experiences and memories. Younger family members and friends love to hear about how grandmother/grandfather lived her/his life “when I was your age.”. We suggest using pictures, videos, and even music to help stimulate their memories and share their experiences.

  • For example – Create a collage of old photos in a Memory Book. This is a great activity for the family and gets everyone involved. Bring over some joyous Holiday music and have fun singing along.
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