June 19, 2012
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Posted at 3:03 PM
May 21, 2012
30 Activities that can be Done in 30 Seconds or Less
- Greet the person by name.
- Make eye contact and smile.
- Shake hands.
- Ask someone to "show me" an object.
- Tease: "Mr. Smith, I just saw you eat dessert first!"
- Tell someone they are loved.
- Give a sustained bear hug.
- Give a compliment: "Wow! You look pretty spiffy!"
- Ask an open-ended question: "How are you feeling today?"
- Ask an opinion: "What do you think of my necktie? Does it match my shirt?"
- Play a quick game of catch.
- Notice an unusual bird or squirrel outside the window.
- Evoke a memory from a person's life story: "Tell me more about your dog. Did he follow you to school?"
- Give a hand massage.
- Share a new hand lotion and talk about its pleasing scent.
- Try on a new shade of lipstick.
- Blow bubbles.
- Slip a little treat to someone.
- Share a magic trick.
- Show off family photos of a new grandchild.
- Blow up a balloon and bat it around. (You can blow up surgical gloves instead.)
- Look at a flower arrangement and compare colors, textures and scents.
- Ask for advice on a recipe.
- Tell a funny story or joke. Clown around for a moment and make funny faces, throw your hands in the air and spin around once or twice.
- Do a quick dance to some fun music that is playing in the background.
- Sing a song or say a prayer together.
- Notice vivid colors in an unusual dress or shirt.
- Ask for help with a chore such as folding a towel, helping to make a bed, or polishing a piece of furniture.
- Try on a hat or hats.
- Step outside for some fresh air.
Reprinted from website www.HillCountryCareProviders.com
Posted at 8:20 PM
April 17, 2012
Blood Clots/Stroke - They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue
STROKE: Remember the 1st Three Letters...... S T. R.
During a BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) ....she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.
They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.
Jane's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00 pm Jane passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us today. Some don't die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.
It only takes a minute to read this.
A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.
RECOGNIZING A STROKE
Thank God for the sense to remember the '3' steps, STR. Read and Learn!
Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.
Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
S *Ask the individual to SMILE.T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently), (i.e. It is sunny out today.)R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue
NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.
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Posted at 12:06 PM