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Caring for a patient with Alzheimer's can be frustrating at best. Post-it shared strategies on how caregivers have used Post-it notes to help as reminders for the patient on their blog. We thought these were excellent and wanted to share their post.
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease requires lots of time, planning, and attention to detail. Obviously, when a person’s memory is unreliable, it’s important to make sure that they’ve got a support system to help them accomplish important tasks and routines, like taking medication, preparing food, and getting exercise. Post-it® Brand works with the Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter, and, as part of their work, they’ve been honored and humbled to hear how their products have helped some Alzheimer’s caregivers make their jobs a little easier. We wanted to share their strategies to help other people find similar solutions.
One of the caregivers we spoke with told us how Post-it® Notes help her make sure her husband has completed a list of tasks for the day. Since he is still able to stay at home by himself and do lots of things independently, she wants to make sure he gets through his twice daily routine – doing things like feeding the dog and taking his medication. To make sure he remembers, she puts four Post-it® Super Sticky Notes on the refrigerator, two of one color that say, “Take medication,” and two of another color that say, “Feed the dog.” Since both tasks are done in the morning and afternoon, he simply has to look at the refrigerator, take down each Post-it® Note, and do the task that’s written on it. Because there are only four notes, he’ll notice and remove them without getting confused or overwhelmed, and, because he’s removed them, he and his caregiver can be sure that he’s already done each task and won’t repeat it by mistake.
Another caregiver we heard about uses Post-it® Notes to summarize news stories for her loved one. He used to love to read the paper, but now has a hard time remembering the stories that he reads. To help him maintain his quality of life by enjoying news stories, his caregiver writes a short Post-it® Note of the things he found interesting about each story and leaves the notes on the kitchen table where he can see them throughout the day. It helps him feel connected and aware, and keeps him from having to repeat questions over and over again.
There are other simple solutions we’ve heard about, too: Post-it® Notes can be used to label cupboards and drawers in the kitchen or bedroom or give simple instructions on the door of the medicine cabinet or microwave. Post-it® Flags can be used to point out instructions or places to notice in larger paragraphs or sentences, and Post-it® Reminder Tags attached to bags, purses, and other objects with handles or rings can help add instructions.
While caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease can be difficult and time-consuming, there are strategies that can make it at least a little easier. At Post-it® Brand, we’re proud to help caregivers in even a small way.
Need more information about providing care for someone with Alzheimer’s? Visit the Alzheimer's Association Caregivers Center online at www.alz.org/care, or by phone at the 24/7 Hotline: 800-272-3900
Posted with permission by Jill Konrath, author & speaker.
This is one topic I never thought I'd write about. For many years, I wasn't at all grateful. I was too busy busting my butt, trying to make my own success at the same time I was raising an active, growing family.
I never gave even one little thought to the people who made it possible. Nor did I stop to appreciate the beauty of nature, the fortuitous life I was born into or how good a cup of coffee could really taste.
Then, a few years back, I had a couple of terrible years. Both personally and professionally. You might say it was a disaster.
And, for the first time ever, I felt deep gratitude. Strange, huh? I felt grateful that I wasn't dying of incurable cancer. I truly appreciated the support of my friends and family. Even the gift of a big bag of Peanut M&Ms was cause for celebration. In short, gratitude kept me afloat during those tough times.
Mind-Blowing Gratitude Research
Flash forward to today. Suddenly, tons of research has emerged on the tremendous impact gratitude can have on so many aspects of our lives -- even in driving a significant increase in sales.
Studies have shown that people who, at the end of each day, write down THREE things they're grateful for are much happier than those who don't.
On the right are the results from research by Martin Seligman. Although participants only kept a gratitude journal for one week, over time they just keep getting happier.
According to Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage and former Harvard professor, being happier makes you better at every aspect of your job.
In the Harvard Business Review, he even states that you're 37% better at sales.
Additionally, other gratitude research shows that being thankful:
Jill Konrath is the author of three bestselling books, AGILE SELLING, SNAP Selling and Selling to Big Companies. She's a frequent speaker at sales meetings and conferences. See more at http://www.jillkonrath.com/
Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, and thoughts of all things “holiday” have begun to flood our minds: the excitement of seeing family and friends, re-living our favorite traditions, and the ever-important holiday practice – eating! The easiest decision in the face of this seemingly endless buffet is to go on a 2-month hiatus from every trace of health-conscious habitude you had prior. This is ultimately a personal choice; however, I propose you consider the road less traveled.
Why not make this year a healthier holiday? I have provided several ideas below for making healthier choices this season, applicable to both the office and the home.
1. MAKEOVER YOUR RECIPES
When preparing a dish for a work party or family gathering, consider researching a “lighter” version of the recipe to make ingredient substitutions that improve nutritional value. Many traditional full-fat, high-calorie dishes are easily made over without sacrificing flavor. For example, one Green Bean Casserole recipe from EatingWell.com skips the canned soup and all of the fat and sodium that comes with it by substituting a lighter, homemade white sauce. See the full recipe here.
Other helpful websites:
The Skinny Taste blog offers lightened up thanksgiving recipes, healthyholiday recipes and skinny fall recipes.
The Chocolate Covered Katie blog will help you find the perfect healthy dessert recipes to add to your holiday meals.
2. MAKE TIME FOR EXERCISE
Free time is limited during the holidays, which makes us more apt to put fitness on the back burner. Exercise is important in easing stress and preventing weight gain, and can foster the motivation needed to consistently make healthy choices. Consider the following ideas for fitting exercise into your routine.
The holidays are a notoriously celebratory, emotional, and sometimes stressful time, and with food thrown into the mix it can be more difficult than ever to maintain self-control. Try these simple methods for eating smarter this year:
What are some other healthy tips you would add to our list?
By Morgan Benson, Customer Solutions Team Leader, Hon Company
Long working hours, lunching at your desk, and coughing co-workers make it hard to stay healthy and fit. Shorter, colder days add to the challenge. With obesity on the rise and new strains of viruses and bacteria emerging, it's more important than ever to be vigilant about your health...especially when you consider the following facts:
● Nearly 70 percent of Americans age 20 and over are obese or overweight.
● A mere 30 percent of adults consume their five servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
● The CDC reports 80 percent of American adults do not get recommended exercise.
● According to researchers at Michigan State, 95 percent of people do not properly wash their hands. While other studies indicate the percent is closer to 75, there's still work to be done.
The good news is that there are simple things you can start doing today to give your health a boost.
1. Get enough sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), more than 65 percent of adults suffer from sleep issues. Sleep rejuvenates your body, mind and spirit. The NSF warns that people who get insufficient sleep are more likely to develop physical and emotional problems. Aim for seven to nine hours nightly.
2. Wash your hands 6-7 times a day. Lather up thoroughly before, during or after preparing or eating food, using the restroom, blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing or touching garbage. Follow these simple steps:
● Wet your hands with warm water.
● Apply soap.
● Lather well, rubbing your hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds.
● Rinse well.
● Dry your hands with a clean towel or air dryer.
● Use your towel to turn off the faucet and/or open the door.
● If water is unavailable, use hand sanitizer, making sure you apply enough to thoroughly cover you palms, backs of hands and fingers. Rub until dry.
3. Exercise. Strive for 20 minutes of purposeful movement each day. Even modest exercise has been shown to help control weight, boost mood and energy, and maintain healthy bones, muscles and a cardiovascular system. That might be walking up the stairs during the day, going for a stroll during lunch, or parking at the far end of the lot. Enlist a friend and you’ll burn even more calories. Just a few minutes a day should be no tall task if you pick something you enjoy.
4. Have some fun. Many people toil through their day - or even their life without enjoyment. Get involved, make friends, dig deep inside to discover what it is that truly makes you happy. Whether it’s fishing, playing the piano, or restoring old cars, a passion gives meaning and joy to your life.
5. Reduce stress through meditation, deep breathing exercises or relaxing with music or a good book.
6. Drink plenty of clean water. While the amount you need can vary according to activity level, the standard mantra of eight, eight-ounce glasses is easy to remember and probably close enough to what you need.
7. Eat raw foods. Keep nuts, cut-up vegetables and fruit at your desk to snack on.
8. Reduce your intake of saturated fats commonly found in processed foods and carry out meals.
9. Take your lunch to work. You'll eat healthier and save money too.
10. Strive to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily. (Potatoes don't count!)
The ancient philosopher Virgil said, "The greatest wealth is health," and it's as true today as it was two thousand years ago. Incorporating just a few of these tips into your day will have an immediate, positive effect on your health. Start small and build, just in time for the holidays.
October 15, 2014 by fellowesofficeworks
Why do corporate spies still dumpster dive? Here’s a list of what they are looking for and why:
Company Phone books
Can give a hacker names and numbers of people to target and impersonate.
Contain information about people who are in positions of authority within the organization.
Provide small amounts of useful information for creating authentic looking fake memos.
Show hackers how secure and insecure a company really is.
Can tell a corporate spy which employees are out of town at a particular time.
Sensitive data and other sources of technical information may give a hacker the exact information he needs to access the network.
If you are not sure whether or not it should be shred–shred it.
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Veterans Day honors all members of the Armed Forces who served this country valiantly, and in a very big way. Our Armed Forces served and fought to protect us, to keep our country safe, and to preserve our way of life. Veterans gave their time, and risked their lives for you and me. In some cases, they made the ultimate sacrifice.
Today we would like everyone to take a minute to remember our Veterans with a moment of silence. Traditionally, 11:11 a.m. is used and is referenced to be when the fighting stopped on November 11, 1918 and WWI was over.
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