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Monday, November 10, 2008
The book is a narrative of three families and their experiences with this dread disease. Along the way it demonstrates why certain choices are better than others. The information is integrated so family members do not have to read through list after list to see how the information fits their circumstances.
As Jackie Marston, current Vice President of Carefree Senior Living in California, Executive Administrator of Villa Alamar Care facility, and fondly referred to in local circles as the "dementia diva," sums up:
"Finally, a book that touches the heart, and is a reference manual for families as they begin the uncertain journey through Alzheimer's. The twists and turns and mistakes and successes are described as they happened without exaggeration. Anyone who finds themselves caring for those with this disease should give this small book a read."
This handy publication offers guidance for families and caregivers dealing with dementia, Alzheimer's and memory loss and helps move them from a place of fear to a place of peace. How to handle "embarrassing" social behaviors, directing those with memory loss, obtaining legal and medical advice, conservatorships, finding assisted living facilities, and disease prevention are all described for the layperson.
Author, John G. Bloomer, describes his personal story of Alzheimer's:
"My wife and I entered the world of Alzheimer's Disease 22 years ago, with a tearful call from her mother who was sure something was wrong with her brain. Hearing her plea for help, I immediately thought, what the heck do we do now? Much of this book is the result of our experiences, both negative and positive, in attempting to care for and protect her."
This is a book of passion! Mr. Bloomer is called upon to speak and counsel hundreds every year. As the incidence of Alzheimer's disease increases astronomically, the demand for practical applied information of this subject has never been greater.
What the Heck Do We Do Now? Families Facing Alzheimer's is available online at Amazon
Finally,a book that touches the heart, and is a reference manual for families as they begin the uncertain journey through Alzheimer's Disease. The twists and turns and mistakes and sucesses are described as they happened without exaggeration. Anyone who finds themselves caring for those with this disease should give this small book a read. --Jacqueline Marston, Administrator, Villa Alamar
Because Alzheimer's strikes every 71 seconds! "What the Heck Do We Do Now? Families Facing Alzheimer's"... offers practical advice to navigating the uncharted waters of Alzheimer's and Dementia Care. This book is a narrative of three families and their experiences with this dread disease. Each case touchingly looks at "real" situations families face when the diagnosis of Alzhiemer's impacts their lives. What to expect and how to best handle; "embarrasing" social behaviors, directing those with memory loss, obtaining legal and medical advice, conservatorships, finding assisted living facilities and prevention are all described for the layperson.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Weight loss guru Jim Karas, author of "Flip the Switch: Discover the Weight-Loss Solution and the Secret to Getting Started," has outlined in Good Housekeeping magazine a 1,500-calorie-a-day diet that consists of nothing but food from McDonald's, Burger King, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Boston Market, Wendy's, Arby's, KFC, Dairy Queen, and Subway. That includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even those occasional snack attacks.
Here are the basic rules of the All-American Fast Food Diet:
1. You have to make the right food choices at the fast food restaurants. For this to work, you can't eat the Whopper or Big Mac with the super-sized fries and a milk shake.
2. Karas believes that when it comes to shedding pounds the only thing that counts is the almighty calorie--so fat and sodium be damned. (Not all nutritionists would agree with this.) So you have to stick to the calorie counts he sets for each meal, which he calls the 3-4-5 program:
- Breakfast: 300 calories
- Lunch: 400 calories
- Dinner: 500 calories
- Snacks: 300 calories
- TOTAL: 1,500 calories
Breakfast: 300 calories
Plain English muffin: 150 calories
Two scrambled eggs: 160 calories
Egg McMuffin: 300 calories
Croissan'wich with Egg and Cheese (no sausage): 350 calories
Lunch: 400 calories
Chicken McGrill: 400 calories
Four Chicken Tenders and small fries: 400 calories total
Large Chili with Cheddar Cheese and Saltine crackers: 395 calories
Grilled Chicken Sandwich: 300 calories
Subway: Any "7 Under 6" sandwich: 230 to 320 calories
Subway's Select Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki Sandwich: 380 calories
Subway's Select Red Wine Vinaigrette Club Sandwich: 350 calories
No mayonnaise, oil, or cheese!
Two Soft Tacos with Chicken: 380 calories
Plain Bean Burrito: 370 calories
Tender Roast Sandwich with sauce: 390 calories
Regular Roast Beef sandwich: 350 calories
Light Grilled Chicken sandwich: 280 calories
Marinated Grilled Chicken with New Potatoes: 360 calories
Quarter-Pound Skinless White-Meat Chicken with Butternut Squash: 320 calories
Two slices of Thin 'n Crispy Cheese Pizza: 400 calories
Snacks: 300 calories
Baked Potato: 310 calories
Spring Mix salad: 180 calories
Baked Apple Pie: 260 calories
Cookie: 220 calories
Small onion rings: 180 calories
Small Vanilla Cone: 230 calories
Small Chocolate Cone: 280 calories
Dinner: 500 calories
McDonald's, Burger King or Wendy's:
Plain hamburger, small fries, and a diet drink: 530 calories total
7-Layer Burrito: 530 calories
Cheese Quesadilla: 490 calories
Beef 'n Cheddar sandwich: 480 calories
Original Recipe Chicken Breast and a serving of mashed potatoes with gravy: 500 calories
Meat Loaf with Potato Salad: 510 calories
Marinated Grilled Chicken Sandwich (no mayo): 470 calories
As seen on Oprah Natures #1 Superfood!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
According to a new study from the University of Texas at Austin, milk and a 100-percent whole-grain cereal, which contain protein and carbohydrates, help rebuild damaged tissue at least as well as, if not better than, a specialized sports drink. And it's a lot cheaper!
"Sports drinks may have an advantage in convenience," study leader Lynne Kammer, who is a graduate student at UT, told Reuters Health, "But for the large population of people that exercise close to home, eating a bowl of cereal with milk is just as good as anything that is more exotic and expensive."
The study: Eight male and four female athletes fasted for 12 hours and then rode a stationary bicycle for two hours. They did not ride to exhaustion. Immediately following the ride, the participants ate either 100-percent whole-wheat flake cereal with nonfat milk or drank a typical carbohydrate-packed sports drink.
The results: Both the cereal with milk and the sports drink produced a healthy rise in blood sugar and insulin levels with one major difference. During the recovery period, the cereal raised insulin significantly more and dulled the spike in blood lactate compared with the sports drink. In addition, both helped the body replenish depleted glycogen, which is a fuel our bodies use during exercise, but the cereal and milk did it better.
"What we showed was that cereal and milk were good for protein synthesis, or muscle rebuilding, after exercise. Because of the protein in the milk you would expect to see this," Kammer told Reuters Health. "But what was most surprising was that the lactate in the blood was greatly reduced after consuming the cereal and milk as compared to the sports drink--and that's a good thing."
The takeaway: When you exercise close to home, save money and skip the sports drink. Eat a bowl of 100 percent whole-grain cereal and non-fat milk instead.
The research was presented at the American College of Sports Medicine meeting in New Orleans.
--From the Editors at Netscape
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Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Unfortunately, as Michele found out, there is no "fixing" Alzheimer's. Over the next four years, she watched her father's condition worsen as his health and personality
deteriorated. "A Conversation About Alzheimer's" is her starkly honest, unflinching account of the progression of her father's illness and how it affected her and her family. "Of course there are handbooks for the caregiver on the bookstore shelves, autobiographies and the like," Michele notes. "Each book, every website, offers phases of the
disease, symptoms of the disease, how to relate to the patient in particular situations, but nothing exposed the real-world experience."
Michele sets out to detail her real-world experience as she was forced to face the reality that her father's Alzheimer's wasn't going to go away. She describes in heartbreaking detail the toll his disease took. She shares her emotional
reaction to his diagnosis, the slow loss of his independence, and how family and friends reacted to her father's illness.
Michele is hopeful that "A Conversation About Alzheimer's" will educate others who may be watching a loved one turn into a stranger, that it will comfort them and remind them that they are not alone, and that it will provide strength when perhaps they feel they have no more to give. She gives advice on choosing an assisted living home and making funeral arrangements, along with detailing early warning signs of the disease.
"This passage has been an incredible one for me and my family," Michele writes. "We've learned a great deal of how sophisticated the brain actually is. We've also learned how the brain can rip away your very existence. But mostly, we learned patience."
About the Author: Michele L. Tucker, a native Virginian, currently resides there with her husband of 16 years and her teenage son. A 25-year career in the administrative field taught her invaluable lessons in how to react to pressure
and crisis, skills she drew upon while dealing with her father's illness. "A Conversation About Alzheimer's" is her first book and she is currently at work on a second, a novel based on the tragic murder of a relative in Washington, D.C.
A Conversation About Alzheimer's is available online at Amazon
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A Conversation About Alzheimer’s paints for the reader a poignant picture of love, hope, loss, and finally survival. The only daughter of a man tragically stricken with Alzheimer’s, Michele tenderly, and oftentimes painfully, walks us through her daily struggles, frustrations, and sorrow as she seeks to understand the disease that has taken hold of the man she lovingly calls Dad. Michele takes us along on her journey of discovery as she works with doctors and her family to not only understand Alzheimer’s, but to cope with the effects on an entire family victimized by this unrelenting disease. A Conversation About Alzheimer’s hopes to educate others who may watch a loved one become a stranger, to comfort them as they learn that they are not alone, and to give strength when perhaps they feel they have no more.