January 2015

January 2015

2015 Editions Aging Answers January 2015

Things to Do in Northeast Ohio — January Through February Calendar

 

 Ongoing

Alzheimer’s Support, 
First Tuesday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m. and second Friday of the month, 1:30-3 p.m. For caregivers and memory-impaired individuals. University Hospital’s Parma Medical Center’s Health Education Center, 7300 State Road, Parma. Call 440-743-4900 for more information or to register for a class.

Fitpaths Too (Geared for Seniors), Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11 a.m. A complete workout for active seniors. Includes low-impact aerobic activity, strength training and stretching. Dress in comfortable, loose clothing. $35 for 10-class card. Register online at fairviewhospital.org/wellnesscenter or call 440-356-0670, option 5. Fairview Hospital Wellness Center, 3035 Wooster Road, Rocky River

 

Mondays

Chair Yoga, 10-11 a.m. Move your whole body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement. $35 for a 10-class card. Register online at fairviewhospital.org/wellnesscenter or call 440-356-0670, option 5. Fairview Hospital Wellness Center, 3035 Wooster Road, Rocky River

 

HEALTHY U — Free 6-Week Workshop, Mondays, Jan. 12 through March 2, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lorain County Office on Aging will be offering free, fun, interactive and informational classes. Tips and support to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, and learn better ways to talk with your doctor and family about your health. The classes are free to Lorain County residents 55+ years. Set your own weekly goals and make a step-by-step plan to improve your health. Register by calling Carolyn at Lorain County Office on Aging at 440-326-4805. North Ridgeville Senior Center, 7327 Avon Belden Road, North Ridgeville

 

Tuesdays

Sweet Life Programs, 6-7:30 p.m. January 6 – May 12, This free 15-week program provides practical ways to help improve your health. Participants will have a health assessment by a Summa doctor, along with weekly meetings led by Summa counselors who specialize in nutrition and behavioral wellness.

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2015 Editions January 2015 Magazine Parenting

Does Teen Stress Really Exist?

As parents, it’s hard to know how to guide your teen and support their needs to become strong, independent adults. Teen stress is a very real issue. Most likely, he or she is overloaded. ...
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2015 Editions Colleges Education/Schools January 2015

Help Your Teen Get on the Road to College Scholarships

Scholarship is the word that evokes the greatest range of emotions in parents of high school juniors and seniors. Hope, wonder, worry, disappointment or relief can all be part of the scholarship process. While many scholarships are subjective or at the discretion of the provider, others can simply be attained with proper planning. ...
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2015 Editions Featured January 2015

What’s Your Teen’s Self-Image?

This unfamiliar territory, coupled with the desire to fit in, can bring about body image issues even for seemingly confident teens. It’s important for parents to help teens instill a healthy respect for their bodies and to keep an eye out for unhealthy behaviors when it comes to eating and weight. ...
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2015 Editions Education January 2015

5 Ways to Inspire School Success for Middleschoolers

Going back to school after winter break can bring the same worries from the previous semester, but it doesn’t have to. Instead look at it as a good time to refresh with the following tips. ...
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Publisher’s Perspective: A Time for Reflection and Action

Embrace the New Year with a fresh attitude that positively impacts the mind, body and soul.

Our families count on us to be strong and help forge a path for successful living — for the kids as well as for our aging loved ones.

It’s time to examine the basics, take inventory and help our parents at whatever stage.

Did we hear anything over the holidays that we need to address? What did you observe or hear that is worrisome? What was unspoken? Did Mom forget how to make that wonderful sweet potato casserole that’s been a family holiday tradition? Are there some health or financial concerns that you may need to get involved with in 2015? How long can Dad stay in the house by himself?

After the busy holiday season, we may be tempted to get back to the business of our own lives, however, take time to pause, reflect and start having the conversations that are needed — even if they can be awkward at first. Showing you care and speaking in love will always be welcomed, even to the most stubborn of our parents.

Start with a list of priorities and help your aging parents make realistic goals for 2015 and beyond. We need to listen to their desires and help find some of the answers for them. There are countless resources available through our area agencies on aging, local senior centers, health care facilities, and advisors and professional services.

If your parents are able to get out, plan for ways to help them get up and get going. Nothing can conquer the winter blues more than an outing to a stimulating environment. Sign up for a class, volunteer, visit the museum or take in some live theater. How about the library where there are great new resources for every generation to enjoy?

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2015 Editions Aging Answers January 2015

The Aftermath of a Heart Attack or Stroke

Questions and answers on how caregivers can help a loved one’s recovery process go smoother.

Recovery from a heart attack or stroke takes time and patience on your part as a caregiver. Some people are able to recover more fully than others, so it’s important to talk to your medical team to get a better understanding of what to expect for the future. Be prepared that your loved one may not be able to do all that he or she could before the heart attack or stroke. At the same time, remember that the rehabilitation process enables many people to do much more than they ever expected.

Here are some answers to some caregivers’ questions when helping a loved one after a stroke or heart attack:

 

My loved one is so angry about this heart attack. Is this normal?

It’s not at all unusual for heart attack and stroke survivors to be angry and agitated. After all, they — and perhaps, you — have to change the way things are done in daily life. Change like that is hard. It also takes time and skill. It’s especially important for everyone involved to recognize the signs of depression. It’s a common after-effect of a stroke or heart attack.

 

How can I tell if my loved one is depressed or just discouraged?

It’s natural for someone who’s had a major medical problem to feel blue or become depressed. Often, it’s because of physiological changes that are a result of the medical problem. Other times a person is scared about what the future holds. As a caregiver, you need to be on the alert for symptoms of depression. If you suspect your loved one is depressed, tell the doctor.

 

My loved one had open-heart surgery, and I’m afraid he or she is overdoing rehabilitation.

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