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Self-Care is Self-Love

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It is officially fall! 
This is my favorite time of year; the trees are changing colors and something about fall always makes me feel like it’s time for renewal or regeneration. So, for this blog, I wanted to discuss self-care for caregivers, professionals, parents, and anyone who is reading. We all deserve self-care, because self-care is self-love. Therefore, this blog post is about clever tactics to squeeze self-care into your day.
Our to do list is already long and nowhere on the list did you schedule time for yourself. It is important to put yourself first, before you end up needing a caregiver.
Stress leads to many health issues – depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, ulcers, obesity and heart disease. It is harder to complete your to do list when you have multiple conditions you have to manage.
We are responsible for a lot, sometimes it can be overwhelming, both emotionally and physically. I am not trying to scare you into self-care, but I want you to be aware, as this is what t…

Dementia care: no drugs allowed

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This post is inspired by all the caregivers I have coached who still find it hard to deal with their loved one when they become agitated.
This post is shorter than others, because when I provide tips I want you to be able to focus on the tips; therefore, giving time for you to consider how to adapt to your lifestyle and make it distinct for you and your loved one.
If you continue to have trouble, please feel free to reach out to us, that is what we are here for.
So, your loved is agitated, here on some caregiver tips:
1.  Reduce noise, clutter, or the number of persons in the room = less stimulation
2.  Maintain structure; have routines. Keep household objects and furniture in the same places = security and expectation reduces anxiety
3.  Reduce caffeine, sugar, and other foods that cause energy spikes = a lot of energy that is not properly placed or used = anxiety = agitation
4.  Do not try to restrain the person during a period of agitation. Try gentle touch, music, walks, or aromathe…

Revealing study shows that SC tops Alz Disease rates

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As I embark on this journey of small business ownership and answering my call to serve, I think the stars are aligning, because the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is approaching Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Fluor Field at the West End.
A great friend of mine gave me the idea to sign up for the walk as my business name, Evolve Senior Solutions, LLC.
Once I started to develop my page for the walk, http://act.alz.org/goto/ess_cure and http://act.alz.org/goto/ess_standas1;many feelings began to take over me. I was thinking of all the patients and families I have touched who are living with dementia.
I decided to dedicate this walk, to my grandmother, Brenda, who we lost this summer. I also wanted to dedicate this walk to my great uncle, James. Neither of them lived or live in SC, but this brings attention to the fact that Alzheimer’s and Dementia of all types is a national and international issue; that we need to continue to bring awareness to and remove the stigma.
Recently, I read an article titl…
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Tracking medications: a safety tip
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), person over the age of 65 purchase more than 30% of all prescription medication and more than 40% of over the counter (OTC) medicines. Estimates are that as many as 90% of seniors use either herbal remedies or vitamins. In addition, I would like to add and discuss food interactions as well.  
As a RN I have to tell you that there are some herbal remedies, vitamins, and food that cause medications to either not work or become too powerful for the aging person to handle.
One example is grapefruit, in my years as a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) and even as a RN (Registered Nurse) I have seen many patients have a grapefruit for breakfast while taking their medications. Then, I have to tell them that is not a good idea. Why you ask?
Grapefruit juice interacts with some calcium channel blockers (blood pressure medication) and increases the level of the medicine in your blood. If you're taking any of…