Old Meds Be Gone – Safely

Protect your family and the environment with these simple steps to dispose of medications. When pharmacist Rachelle Rocha saw Lillian*, one of her regular customers, approach with a sad smile and a plastic bag full of medications, she knew what had happened. Lillian’s father, who had been receiving end-of-life care at home, had passed away. They spent a few minutes in quiet conversation, then walked to the end of the pharmacy counter where Lillian dumped

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Getting money back

By Ken Pope, Rafiga Gurbanzade, and Crystal Terris How can changes to the Caregiver Tax Credit—now the Family Caregiver Amount Tax Credit—benefit you and your family? Supporting and caring for

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How to social distance and still stay in touch

By Pat Irwin Among the most poignant images that were making the rounds over the past few months were those of desperate families pressed against nursing home windows in an effort to check in and speak to their relatives living inside. If the pandemic is teaching us anything, it’s how to live with ourselves and how to adjust to stringent recommendations designed to protect us. Clearly it was hardest for older adults, particularly those deemed at risk, who were suddenly cut off from the world and unable to see their family and friends. Are there lessons learned during the threat of COVID-19 about staying in touch with older adults that we can utilize moving forwards? Lesson learned: Any baby boomer woman has fond memories of lengthy conversations with friends (usually from a wall-mounted phone with a long spiral cord!). From what I see, the retirement residence and nursing cohort may

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Tips for long-distance caregiving

Studies have shown that despite the separation, long-distance caregivers can provide the same types of support as family caregivers living nearby, including: • Helping with finances and arranging to pay

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Health & Wellness

Old Meds Be Gone – Safely

Protect your family and the environment with these simple steps to dispose of medications. When pharmacist Rachelle Rocha saw Lillian*, one of her regular customers, approach with a sad smile and a plastic bag full of medications, she knew what

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Winter health tips

Learn more about how you can enjoy a healthy winter during the pandemic and get the most out of the next few months following COVID-19 restrictions. From mindfulness and wellness tips to ideas for healthy eating from home, we’ve got you covered. Download your winter wellness tip sheet! Winter_Health_Tips_2021 While taking care of ourselves should be a year-round priority, it’s often challenging during the winter months, especially with the addition of COVID-19 fatigue. Our motivation

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Recipes

Blueberry-Lemon Upside-Down Cake

We love a good upside-down cake, and this our favorite one yet. The blueberries get super-juicy as they bake—it’s the perfect representation of spring! Yields: 8 servings Prep Time: 0 hours 15 mins Total Time: 2 hours 5 mins Ingredients For the blueberry topping 2 c. blueberries 1 tbsp. granulated sugar 2 tbsp. lemon juice For the cake Cooking spray 1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour 3/4 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. kosher salt 1/2 c.

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Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables

This balsamic chicken recipe will soon become a family favorite. Balsamic vinegar, with its hallmark dark color, syrupy body, and slight sweetness, brings a wonderful out-of-the-ordinary touch to any recipe. Pair this easy balsamic chicken recipe with a side of quinoa or rice to satisfy heartier appetites. Ingredients ¼ cup bottled Italian salad dressing 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon honey ⅛ – 0.25 teaspoon crushed red pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 pound chicken

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Chicken with Apple-Vegetable Slaw Stir-Fry

Chicken gets a re-boot in this super fresh stir fry! Crunchy apples and satisfying veggies compliment this dish perfectly. Ingredients ½ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth 2 tablespoons cider vinegar 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar 2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1 clove garlic, minced ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper ½ teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 12 ounces boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces 2 cups sliced fresh cremini mushrooms ¼ cup

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Peppery Italian Beef Sandwiches

These easy Italian beef sandwiches only require 30 minutes of prep time before going in the slow cooker. Ingredients 1 2.5 pound boneless beef chuck pot roast, trimmed of fat 1 teaspoon garlic pepper seasoning 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 14.5 ounce can 50% less sodium beef broth 1 0.5 ounce envelope Italian dry salad dressing mix 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning, crushed 1 12 ounce jar pepperoncini salad peppers, drained and stems removed 8

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BURNT OUT Arthur, my husband and I are worn out. His mother has always been high maintenance, but now she’s got demanding medical conditions and no one but us to care for her. We need a break or I’m afraid our marriage won’t last. Any suggestions? No doubt about it, caring for a parent can take its toll on your relationship and your health. As a first step, try respite care. It will give you

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The Tale of Mom’s Jars

By Mary Bart Mom could spend countless hours collecting and organizing glass jars in the basement or rummaging and sorting through closets, bags and drawers. Not only was it frustrating to watch, but eventually it became dangerous. Searching relentlessly for

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Caregivers get cancer too

By Cynthia Hayes While many cancer patients report feeling isolated and alone in their diagnoses, cancer often affects the entire family. Loving caregivers experience many of the same emotions—anxiety, stress, fatigue, depression—combined with a sense of helplessness and an increase

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Double Duty

Keeping your boss happy can be challenging at the best of times. Add looking after Mom and Dad to your already busy calendar and you’ve got a recipe for disaster if you don’t look for simple shortcuts and ways to

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