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Caregiver Blog: June 2012

Schools Out, Time to Enjoy the Sunshine! 

Monday, June 18, 2012  by jhblogger

With school out for the summer, now is the time to start enjoying the warm weather.  The outdoors is a great place to spend some quality time with those that we are caring for.  Research has found sunlight to have benefits for our health:

  • Sunlight can relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety, especially in those suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
  • Sunlight may improve sleeping patterns in people suffering from dementia, particularly when exposed to morning light.
  • Sunlight may possibly improve the bodyís immune response to wound healing.
Although sunshine can be therapeutic, UV light rays found in light can be dangerous to the skin and possibly lead to skin cancer.  Here are some sun safety tips for you:
  • The strongest sun is between 10AM and 4PM, so avoid direct sunlight during those hours.
  • Be sure to cover up with sun screen of at least SPF 15 or higher and children should wear SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Be sure to cover all the skin including face, ears, nose and head if hair is thinning. 
  • Be sure to reapply sun screen after getting wet.  Itís recommended to reapply every 1-2 hours.
  • Drink lots of water to avoid dehydration.
  • If there are any signs of sun damage, apply cool cloths and cooling lotions, such as aloe vera. 
Arbor Rose and Jerome Home would like to wish their friends and families a happy summer.  We home you get outside and enjoy the sun!!! top Top

Enjoying Time in the Garden 

Saturday, June 9, 2012  by jhblogger

The residents of Jerome Home and Arbor Rose have been enjoying the beautiful flowers growing in their Courtyard garden.  Not only is the garden a great place to raise beautiful flowers or to harvest your own vegetables, but it is also a great place to have the family come together.  

Research has found gardening, or horticulture therapy, mediates emotional, cognitive and/or sensory motor functional improvement, increased social participation, health, well-being and life satisfaction.  Caregivers and their loved ones, whether children or an aging loved one, can benefit from the therapeutic effects of gardening, including hands to plant and feel dirt, nose to smell the flowers and eyes to see their plants grow.  Horticulture therapy has been found to help in the rehabilitation of stroke patients and ease symptoms of dementia and other disabilities. 

Gardens come in all shapes and sizes.  For those just starting out, consider a tomato plant in a large pot on your front porch or a small potted herb garden of parsley, chives and basil.  Not only will you be able to watch them grow but you will have fresh produce to cook with!
So get ready to get your hands dirty and start gardening! top Top

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