One of the most fun activities we learned during "Activities Anyone Can Lead" with MarySue Moses, Dementia Specialist with Ebenezer, is the "Follow Me' game. It consists of you starting by clapping your hands and telling others to clap along. Then move to different activities such as reach up high, pat your legs, stomp your feet, and saying each of these motions out loud. She made it fun by picking up the pace which made a lot of the staff smile. We hope you were able to take something away from MarySue's training. Tour our campus to learn more!
Another thing our staff learned in training with MarySue Moses is how using this "Beach Ball Globe" to play catch with someone with Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia and asking them where they've been? It was a great way to start a conversation and unlock some of those stories that have been hidden away in someone's mind.
Those with dementia are still people and they still have stories and they still have character and they're all individuals and they're all unique. And they just need to be interacted with on a human level.
Has this thought or something like this ever floated through your head? "I can't figure out how to talk to dad ever since he's developed Alzheimer's Disease". We have a dedicated Dementia Specialist within Ebenezer who goes around and trains staff on how to connect with people living with Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.
They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.
Most of us know about Good Friday and Easter, but what is Maundy Thursday? Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter, believed to be the day when Jesus celebrated his final Passover with His disciples. Most notably, that Passover meal was when Jesus washed the feet of His disciples in an extraordinary display of humility. He then commanded them to do the same for each other.
What does Maundy Thursday Mean?Christ's "mandate" is commemorated on Maundy Thursday---"maundy" being a shortened form of mandatum (Latin), which means "command." It was on the Thursday of Christ's final week before being crucified and resurrected that He said these words to his disciples:
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another" (John 13:34).
Let us take the time to be a servant to one another. To love one another, and to have a beautiful and wonderful Easter.
"Beloved, let us love one another. For love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love." (1 John 4:7-8)
John 12:12-1612 The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him. They shouted,
Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord![a]
Blessings on the king of Israel!”
14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,
15 Don’t be afraid, Daughter Zion.
Look! Your king is coming,
sitting on a donkey’s colt.[b]
16 His disciples didn’t understand these things at first. After he was glorified, they remembered that these things had been written about him and that they had done these things to him.
Thank you to Wolfgang Hilse of AXA Financial Advisors who was able to guide us through what is usually a very difficult conversation with comfort, compassion, and ease. He was able to explain it in a down to Earth way that made sense to a lot of people. If you were unable to attend this presentation and would love a copy of the powerpoint presentation, please reach out to email@example.com and we will be glad to get you a copy.
Our next educational opportunity is on April 19th at 8 AM discussing the Power of Attorney at Meadow Woods.. We will be having a breakfast meal at 7:30. Please email us if you are interested in attending!
In honor of social services month, I thought it would be interesting to share the life of Louise De Marillac who is considered by the Catholic Church to be the patron saint of social workers. Thank you to all modern day social workers for all the hard work you do!
St. Louise De Marillac (1591-1660) was born in Paris, France to a noble family and received her education at a Dominican convent. Her mother died shortly after her birth, and her father when she was sixteen years of age. It was then necessary for her to decide her vocation, and being dissuaded from entering religious life by her spiritual director, as was her desire, she married and bore a son. Later she worried that she had rejected a divine call to the religious life, and vowed that should her husband die, she would not remarry.
Two years later her husband died after a long illness. During this time she met a holy priest, St. Vincent de Paul, and placed herself under his spiritual direction. Through his influence she worked among the poor and disadvantaged in Paris, and co-founded the Sisters of Charity with him in 1642. After writing their rule of life she traveled around France establishing her new religious order to work in hospitals, orphanages, and other institutions that aided the poor. She was especially gifted at spiritual guidance and served as the superior of the Sisters of Charity in Paris until her death. St. Louise De Marillac is the patron saint of social workers, the sick, widows, and against the loss of parents. Her feast day is March 15th.
Eyesight is a gift often taken for granted. As we age, our eyesight can easily deteriorate. There are different kinds of eye diseases. Age related macular degeneration, is one of the most common eye diseases. . Taking precautions early is a great way to prevent disease from progressing too quickly and sometimes even from starting.
Age related macular degeneration is a common eye condition, and leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 50. It causes damage to the macula, the area needed for sharp, central vision which lets us see objects straight ahead. The disease varies in how quickly it can progress and can result in loss of vision in 1 or both eyes. Objects may appear to be less bright, or blurred in the center.
This at risk for macular degeneration include individuals who smoke, who are Caucasian, and those who have family members who have had macular degeneration.
We can help our eye health, and slowing of macular degeneration by avoiding smoking, exercising regularly, maintaining normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels as well as eating a healthy diet rich in green leafy vegetables, and fish.
Research has shown a combination of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, beta carotene, zinc, and copper have proven effective to reduce the risk of age related macular degeneration.By adding lutein and zeaxanthin your chances of slowing this disease improve even more. These vitamin mineral combinations are those found in the dark green leafy vegetables and fruits as well as in fish. If you are not able to consume these items regularly, talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist about a specific eye health supplement that may be right for you.
As with any medication, consult your own health care team to assure safety of the products for you specifically.
If you have questions about your eye health, contact us today and we can connect you with our On-Site Specialists.
Today we were fortunate enough to have Wolfgang Hilse of AXA Advisors come and speak to the community at large in the Martin Luther Campus Great Room. It was great to learn about long term care through the eyes of a financial consultant because money plays a huge role in the journey of our loved ones. He went over what long term care means, talked about the associated costs, and also discussed the different resources that can be utilized to pay for these services.
The thing that really resonated with the audience is how he was able to put it in terms everyone could understand. He jokingly said "Stop me if I start sounding like one of the adults in the Charlie Brown Cartoons."
This talk was a great jumping point towards his next session that will be held on March 20th at 11:45 entitled "Estate Planning With a Heart" He will be going through the balancing act of financial, legal, and personal information that you need so your friends and family know how to best serve your needs and how you would like your end-of-life issues handled. It is free and open to the public along with a catered lunch but we are encouraging people to RSVP. You can do so by clicking HERE.
Wolfgang Hilse explaining the Elderly Waiver (EW) process when one spouse is still capable of staying in their home and their significant other is in need of an assisted living.
If anyone is interested in reaching out to Mr. Hilse to go over any of the information he discussed today, please e-mail him at Wolfgang.Hilse@axa-advisors.com with the subject line "Martin Luther Campus Long Term Care Common Questions".
Martin Luther Campus is part of the Solar United Neighbors directory of Minnesota businesses that have gone solar such as Insight Brewing Company and Quality Bike Parts in Bloomington, MN. https://www.solarunitedneighbors.org/minnesota/ We are proud to participate in initiatives that use sustainable sources of energy that are good for the environment.
Being right on the Minnesota River Bluff, we see first hand the value of taking steps of minimizing our carbon footprint. When you come through the front doors of our Martin Luther Care Center Great Room, you will notice a plaque on the wall that says "Martin Luther Care Cetner is powered in part with renewable energy generated from advanced solar photovoltaic technology. This solar array was manufactured in Minnesota." This plaque was given to us on behalf of Sustology in November of 2011. Sustology are environmental problem-solvers for business, nonprofit, and government.
This is an actual picture of the pond behind our care center. If you don't believe me, please email Luke Jenkins so we can set up a tour and you can see it for yourself. firstname.lastname@example.org
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