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The Secret Ingredient

Posted by Jodie Berman, CTRS in Alzheimer's & Dementia

"Happiness! That is the secret ingredient." Those are the words of Betty*, who has been baking homemade apple pies for over 60 years.

Baking is a newly revived passion for Betty and her caregiver Michelle. Being in the kitchen connects their mutual passions, creates a positive environment, and awakens the senses.

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Heart Disease and Your Diet

Posted by Laura Silverstein in Health & Lifestyle

As a nurse, I love my visits with Esther. She is a sweet lady in her 90s, who lives alone in an apartment building complex. Her home health aide visits every day to help her out, but Esther is mostly independent.

Esther is full of energy and personality, and like a lot of mothers and grandmothers, she is always eager to feed me. Esther and I have long conversations about what she and the aide prepare for dinner and where the recipes originate. One of Esther’s favorite foods is herring. Herring is a common ingredient in Ashkenazi Jewish cuisine, served pickled or brined, which makes it high in sodium content. This is a big problem for Esther since she has heart disease. 

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Caregiver Safety Tips

Posted by Kelly La Rosa in Caregiver Corner

Home health care is a growing industry. With the onset of an aging population and ever-increasing hospital rates and fees, it is no wonder families have turned to in-home care to address the needs of their loved ones. However, this does not come without an increase in risk factors either.  “Home health aides employed by agencies have a reported incidence rate of 15.3 nonfatal illnesses and injuries per 100 workers, compared with 3.9 per 100 workers employed in the health care private sector, such as physician’s offices” according to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).

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Aggressive Behaviors in Dementia-affected Individuals

Posted by Funda Fernandez in Alzheimer's & Dementia

Dementia is a disease that affects the brain and its functions. Many times, the person living with dementia will have an understanding that their mind is not “working the way it should.” They feel helpless, frustrated, and angry with their limitations. There is often a lack of awareness of their own physical and mental capabilities. These complex emotions can lead to agitation, anger, and frustration with their caregiver. These feelings can then spill over to verbal and physical aggression if not identified and appropriately managed early on. 

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Laughter as Medicine

Posted by Katie Siegel in Health & Lifestyle

According to Forbes Magazine, research reveals that laughter is “a potent drug[…] that conveys a slew of benefits to the mind and body”. That is, laughter affects our bodies at a cellular level. A hearty laugh releases endorphins, the chemical our bodies produce to make us feel good. The same article states that “laughter has an effect similar to antidepressants” and that it triggers the production of serotonin, the neurotransmitter that contributes to our feelings of wellbeing and happiness.

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2020 Best of Home Care by SeniorAdvisor

Posted by True Care Staff in Insider News

True Care is proud to announce that we have received the "2020 Best in Home Care" award from thanks to your reviews. We are excited and honored to be named best In-Home Care Agency in Brooklyn and would like to thank all our clients. Without your appraisals and letters of recommendation in 2019 we would not have received this honor.

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