Posted by : April 20, 2013| On :
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–Mabank Home Instead Senior Care director Sharon Strickland asked Rotarians to write down four words or phrases describing themselves, each on a separate card. After randomly choosing one card from each member, Strickland began reading the information on the cards.
“Alzheimer’s patients do not get to pick and choose the facts they want to forget,” Strickland demonstrated.
“Those suffering from Alzheimer’s don’t want to forget their favorite color, parents names or favorite hobby,” she stressed.
Strickland is no stranger to Alzheimers as she witnessed its effects on her grandmother prior to her death and now on her elderly mother.
“There is no test to determine Alzheimer’s without performing an autopsy,” she said. “But no one dies from Alzheimer’s, they die from a stroke or heart failure or other illness.”
More then 5 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimers, and it affects one in eight persons 65 years and older.
Home Instead Senior Care provides in-home care to the elderly and 25 of the 40 caregivers at the Mabank office are certified to deal with Alzheimer’s patients.
Home Instead Senior Care provides light housekeeping duties, meal preparation, pet care assistance, help with dressing, bathing and grooming, and much more.
All caregivers are thoroughly screened, insured and bonded and trained extensively.
Strickland says managing an Alzheimer’s patients behavior can be trying and exhausting.
“You will never win an argument with an Alzheimer’s patient, so accept the blame for everything,” Strickland says.
Others methods of dealing with dementia is to redirect the patient’s attention to something else, wait a few minutes and then attempt to return to the particular task, like feeding or bathing.
Home Instead Senior Care is located in Mabank, Athens and Canton.
For more information regarding managing an Alzheimer’s patient or Home Instead services, call toll free (866) 880-5025 or go to www.homeinstead.com.
Posted by : April 6, 2013| On :
TOOL–The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake held its Bridge Benefit and luncheon March 21, at The Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church in Tool.
A total of $3,654.53 was collected in the sanctioned Duplicate Group and Rubber/Party group.
The drawing prize was a $100 gift card from Walmart in Gun Barrel City. Miscellaneous sales items were donated by Literary Club members and friends.
The Rubber bridge group winners include Donna and Neil Detrick, first place; Sharon Harding and Sharon Chasey, second place; Judy Snowden and Ann Burris, third place; Shirley Leonard and Charles Townsend, fourth place; B.J. Williams and Levon Christner, fifth place tie; Betty Holland and Joe Keenan, sixth place tie; Barbara and Jack Michalak, seventh place; Michele Korpal and Nancy Sutton, eighth place; Jo Darling and Shirley Guillory, ninth place; Mary Jo Love and Adalaide Bennet, tenth place tie; Catherine Polson and Donna Shields, eleventh place tie; and Ruth Owen and Johnna West, twelfth place.
The Sanctioned Duplicate Division winners include Betty Wilkinson and Jan Boyd, first place; Sandra Campbell and Jimmy Wright, second place; Nell Velvin and J. Lyn Allen, third place; Chris Kelly and Yvonne Houston, fourth place; Bonnie Magee and Sandy Molander, fifth place; and Theresa Dempsey and Vicki Bell, sixth place.
Jan Boyd won the $100 Walmart gift card.
The grand total given to the Cedar Creek Library from past bridge benefits is $36,035.53
The Literary Club meets at 9:30 a.m. every second Tuesday at the Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points.
Guests are welcome. For information regarding membership, call president Lucy Smith at (903) 432-2399.
Posted by : March 23, 2013| On :
The 4-H Fashion Show and Roundup contests were a huge success this year with many participants.
The most popular entries in the fashion show were in the fashion storyboard contest and the Window WOWed Contest.
The 4-H fashion show buying and construction presentations were closed to a judge’s panel but, the Fashion Storyboard entries and the window wowed entries were on display.
Both contests give 4-H’ers an opportunity to show their creativity and talent in design.
The 4-H storyboard contest is a great opportunity for participants to map out a design plan for presentation; similar to putting together a professional fashion design brief.
Storyboard contest participants are given a theme and guidelines for their design; similar to what they might experience in the professional world.
The window wowed contest calls for team work and design collaboration. The team is given a theme for their design, the dimensions for their display; and with guidelines they are to create a “store front” window display.
The 4-H Roundup contest offers participants an opportunity to present and perform in front of an audience.
The educational presentations and public speaking entries were informative and impressive. The Clover Kids, age’s five to eight, can also participate in the County Fashion Show and Roundup Contest.
Presentations from youth ages five to 17 demonstrated how to pitch tents, raise quail, make first aid kits and homemade laundry detergent, and one public speaker even presented awareness on the rare disease Friedreichs Ataxia.
Educational presentation and public speaking are only part of the 4-H Roundup Contest. The second part of 4-H roundup is the share the fun contest. With Share the Fun, kids can dance, sing, perform theatre arts, poetry or prose, or play instruments.
In the share the fun portion of roundup, participants performed solo singing performances, piano instrumentals, prose & poetry entries, and much more.
4-H fashion show and roundup contest promotion and awareness efforts made by many 4-H families and leaders paid off.
The number of participants doubled for both contests this year. Big thanks to fashion show judges Melba Holt and Patsy Dehn from the Pinnacle Woman’s Club and roundup judges former Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) teacher Janis Capelle, Athens student Katy Rose Warmke, and TVCC students Angel Miles and Rebecca Pongrac.