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Senior Times - July 2018
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Grand Vista is a place seniors can receive the care and support needed to live fulfilling lives in a home-like environment.
Grand Vista Located in Coldwater & Marshall, Michigan Ph: 517-227-5225 www.grandvistaliving.com
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• Medication Management • 24/7 Pharmacy Services • Personalized Care Plans • ADL & IADL Support • Meals Services
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LIMITED DIET RECIPIES
Recently a person told me that a nutritionist had told them they had an allergy to a food item but didn’t know which one so they would have to elim- inate a number of foods for a period of time. Then they would be allowed to gradually add foods back into the diet hoping they could determine the cause of the allergy. Now many of us have been told to watch our sodium and sugar and eat more fresh vegetables and fruits, but this diet was tough! No sodium, no sugar, no dairy, no meat (except free range non-GMO chicken, salmon, and tuna), no gluten, no fats (except olive and sesame oils), no alco- hol, extremely limited carbohydrates, and no fun! While there are a number of recipes out there for each type of diet, there weren’t many that eliminat- ed everything. So, I worked out some recipes that might help this person as well as some of you who may be or may know someone experiencing sim- ilar difficulties. Seasonings and herbs are going to be your best friend when you need flavor without salt or fats.
Asian Brussel Sprout, Fennel, and Cabbage Slaw
Slaw Ingredients:
• 8 Brussel sprouts, sliced very thin
• 1 small fennel bulb, sliced very thin • 1 package cabbage slaw blend
Dressing Ingredients:
• 1 Tablespoon garlic olive oil
• 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
• Fruit -flavored balsamic vinegar
(such as cranberry or pomegranate)
• 1⁄2 teaspoon ginger
• 1 teaspoon each garlic and onion
powders
• Black pepper to taste
• 1⁄4 cup toasted unsalted almonds
Instructions:
Put vegetable ingredients in a bowl. In separate bowl, whisk dressing ingre- dients and pour over slaw. Top with toasted almonds. Makes about four servings.
Tex-Mex Brown Rice Blend Salad
Ingredients:
• Organic brown and wild rice blend
• Corn from one ear of sweet corn, cut
off the cob
• One cup black beans, cooked, rinsed
and well drained
• One quarter red pepper, diced
• 10 cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters
• 5 green onions, chopped
• Juice of one lime
• 1-1⁄2 teaspoons cumin
• 1⁄2 teaspoon red pepper powder
• 1 teaspoon each of onion and garlic
powders
• Black pepper to taste
Instructions:
Cook brown and wild rice blend for two cooked cups according to pack- age instructions. Put into large mixing bowl and set aside to cool slightly. Add corn, red pepper, tomatoes, and onions. Add lime juice and spices, stir to com- bine. Serve or refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes about four servings.
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Sandwich Generation Caregiver
By: Glin Winsor, Store Manager Walgreen
A sandwich is generally some- thing delicious between two pieces of bread. If you are a caregiver for both older relatives and your children, you are part of the Sandwich Generation, which is not always such a treat.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 7.3 percent of senior cit- izens currently live with family today.
People are living longer, but with longer life come more health issues and the need for help, which has been more often coming from their own family.
A home with multiple generations does have its benefits. Grandparents delight in seeing their grandchildren in achievements and activities such as soccer games, band concerts, school plays, and graduations. When children help with caregiving they become car- ing, understanding adults.
To enjoy the benefits of living within a multi-generational home, try these tips to handle the stress of being a Sandwich Generation caregiver.
1. Learn to let go and prioritize.
Get used to a house that is not in per- fect order. Your loved ones will not remember that you spent three hours cleaning the house but your son will remember you went to his baseball games and your mom will remember the times you spent together.
2. Ask for help. Reach out to sib- lings or family friends if you need a weekend off with your spouse.
3. Use technology to communi- cate. It’s important to keep in touch
with relatives and friends, but that can take time from your busy schedule. Try instead keeping in touch through social media, email threads, or group texts. Send pictures and brief updates when you get the time, instead of responding to everyone individually.
4. Take advantage of free or paid help. Many companies have employee assistance programs where you can find a variety of resources from adult day care to online counseling. Ask about caregiver support groups and talk to others in similar situations.
5. Take care of yourself. Get cre- ative with your time. Fit in exercise before everyone wakes up, try power walking over lunch, or take one of your kids to an aerobics class with you. Schedule your doctor appoint- ments and preventive health checkups at the same time you do it for every- one else. Make use of walk-in clinics or pharmacists who can give vaccines without an appointment. Make sleep
a priority; you can cope so much bet- ter with a good night’s sleep. Finally, make mealtime fun instead of a chore. Try to assign everyone something to do and rotate the tasks.
Being a Sandwich Generation care- giver can be taxing. Your challenge is to make use of all possible resources to make you and your multi-genera- tional family a happy one!
Balance Rewards for healthy choicesTM – Walgreens’ Balance Rewards for healthy choicesTM pro- gram is just one tool to help you make healthy choices by rewarding you for tracking your
Be well, stay well! ~ Glin


































































































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