June 2016

June 2016

Aging Answers June 2016

Better Connections. Communication help for caregivers and loved ones

Did you know that in the U.S., there are more than 6 million stroke survivors and nearly 3.2 million Americans living with disabilities due to a traumatic brain injury (TBI)? The need for care is great, but becoming your loved one’s caregiver can be overwhelming. Caregivers may face daily struggles as they learn to acclimate to a new life that is filled with doctor visits and rehab appointments.

Communication is an important part of human relationships and when this is disrupted or lost due to a stroke, TBI or other neurological condition, it is difficult to meet the needs of the person who is being cared for. It also can leave you and your loved one feeling isolated.

A speech-language pathologist can provide strategies for specific communication needs to encourage more independent conversation skills. Some strategies include: slowing down your rate when speaking, writing down your questions, providing visual or verbal choices, and giving your communication partner more time to respond.

In some cases, your loved one may be unable to communicate at all; therefore, they may need the assistance of an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device. An AAC device may provide short- or long-term assistance in being able to enhance communication skills through electronic devices, picture books, switches and/or writing.

Researchers have found that therapy benefits don’t end after the first few months. Due to the neuroplasticity of the brain, with continuous therapy and practice, the brain can be rewired to relearn some of the skills that were lost.

Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center (CHSC) has developed a one-of-a-kind program for adults with communication disorders. Northeast Ohio Adults Communicating Together (NEO-ACT) was designed to provide individuals with communication difficulties and their caretakers an opportunity to improve quality of life through participation in activities that provide enrichment for listening, speaking, reading, writing and socialization.

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Aging Answers June 2016 Uncategorized

Don’t Let Pet Waste Ruin Your Summer

Pet waste, and properly getting rid of it, shouldn’t ruin your summer. But it is something that you must manage every day if you live with a dog or cat. This is what you need to know.

Urine is typically sterile. This means that normally there are no viruses, bacteria or parasites found in urine. If found, your pet will often behave differently than normal, and the pee may have traces of blood in it.

Feces is never sterile. It’s normal for certain kinds of bacteria that are important for your pet’s health to live in feces. Other kinds of bacteria, viruses and parasites can be found in feces, and they are not healthy for your pet. If found, your pet often will behave differently than normal, and the poop may have a different color, or be harder or softer than what is typical for your pet.

Your veterinarian may want to perform tests on your pet’s pee or poop as part of a routine or sick visit. Since veterinarians know that tests can be expensive, they’ll first recommend tests that cost as little as possible, yet provide the best information for the most common problems they see in pets like yours. If the first tests don’t tell them what they need to know to identify a health problem, then they’ll recommend other tests. You need to let them know if you have any financial concerns before you let them continue with testing. Your veterinarian will recommend treatments based on what’s causing the problem.

LIVING WITH DOGS

Most dogs use the outdoors as their bathroom. Whether you like to walk your dog in the neighborhood or let your dog run around your yard (or elsewhere), be a good neighbor and pick up your dog’s poop. If you don’t like to pick up dog poop with a plastic bag because you find it disgusting, or if you have problems bending or squatting down, there are tools that can help you manage the poop that’ll make it less disgusting and more comfortable for you.

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Aging Answers June 2016

Weed Out Gardening Injuries

Gardening has many health benefits, but you need to ensure that you’re not putting undue strain on your body. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 400,000 people are hurt in their gardens each year by lawn or garden tools, and thousands more are hurt from bending, stooping, reaching and grasping. Lance Walheim, author of “Lawn Care for Dummies” and Bayer Advanced lawn and garden expert, knows a thing or two about the aches that can come with spending hours doing what you love in your garden. Here are some tips that can help you and your loved one take care of the lawn — and body.

Tip #1 Bend at the knees. Bending while weeding, planting or lifting can cause pain in your lower back, hamstrings or knees. If you must bend, do so with your knees and position yourself squarely facing the object — close enough that you are not also reaching.

Tip #2 Watch your spine. Stooping while hoeing, raking or shoveling puts strain on your spine. Instead, let your feet and hips do the work or use ergonomically-shaped tools. Tools with thicker handles also can help decrease hand fatigue.

Tip #3 Don’t over-reach, as stretching for high branches or for that hard-to-reach spot can put strain on your ankles, neck and shoulders. Tools with grab and go handles make it easier to lean into hard-to-reach areas, helping to reduce the twisting and bending that strains joints. Also, drench products, which are applied to the base of the plant, can help avoid the need to reach.

Tip #4 Get a grip. Grasping a trigger for long periods can fatigue the wrist, hand and fingers. Instead, use ergonomicallyshaped tools.

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Aging Answers June 2016

Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame Honors Concord Township Trustee

Caroline “Connie” N. Luhta of Concord Township is among 10 older Ohioans that were honored for a lifetime of accomplishments with induction into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame during a special ceremony in Columbus. She joins more than 450 individuals who have been inducted since 1977.

Luhta has served seven terms as Concord Township trustee and is regarded as “a politician with no enemies” for her ability to unite people toward a cause. She also is an accomplished pilot and is regarded as a pioneer for women in aviation. She and her late husband founded the Concord Air Park, which she still operates today. Earning her pilot’s license at a time when female pilots were rare, she has made a name for herself by competing in more than 35 different types of air races and instructing others in flight. She is the motivating force of the International Women’s Air & Space Museum in Cleveland and, as a nationally known speaker for aviation, continues to be an inspiration for aspiring young aviators.

The Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame honors individuals age 60 and older who are native-born Ohioans or who have been Ohio residents for at least 10 years. Nominations are evaluated on the impact of current contributions or a continuation of work and accomplishments begun before age 60.

Luhta and the other inductees were recognized by the Ohio Department of Aging, the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging and members of the 131st Ohio General Assembly at a ceremony in May at the Ohio Statehouse.

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Featured June 2016

Area Parks Provide Unique Playtime For Kids

It’s summer, and that means breaking free from the typical playtime routine. Northeast Ohio parks provide areas for children to explore and let out their energy. Check out these must-visit places that give kids more than their ordinary playground experience. ...
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Education/Schools June 2016

Summer Test Prep for Teens

Summer is here and it’s time to shed that backpack and officially put all things academic aside, right? Not just yet. For rising juniors and seniors, this is actually a great time to focus on preparing for fall ACT and SAT exams. The first ACT and SAT exams for 2016-17 are given soon after the start of the school year, so students should take advantage of this time without other academic obligations to focus on test preparation. ...
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Education June 2016

Reading Room: Reading Picks

Cozy up in your favorite outdoor place and explore the wonders of books with your child this summer. From infants to teenagers, here are a few suggestions to purchase or pick up at your local library. ...
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Community Focus June 2016 Uncategorized

Community Focus: Akron’s Urban Chic

Akron offers all the appeal of a larger city without big-city attitude. It’s the perfect place in Northeast Ohio to catch a ball game, grab dinner and listen to live music at venues that all are within walking distance of each other. The city's variety of attractions and walkability make it a perfect destination for families. ...
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