Realistic Tips and Ideas for Caregivers
January 2016
 The Care Connection at Shepherd's Center Central promotes and supports the advancement of skills, good  health, and resilience of caregivers for older adults .
   
Shepherd's Center Central  is a not-for-profit community-based organization that empowers mid-life and older adults to live healthy, engaged and  independent lives.
   
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Telling Their Life Stories, 
Older Adults Find Peace in Looking Back
By SUSAN B. GARLAND
The New York Times
 
ISABELLA S. BICK'S parents, both Jewish physicians, never talked about the past after the family moved from Fascist Italy to the United States in 1939. She was 8 at the time and quickly learned it was best to keep her feelings of loss and loneliness to herself.

Her silence ended - and those emotions broke free - when Ms. Bick, now 84 and a psychotherapist living in Sharon, Conn., began writing bits and pieces of her life story a few years ago. 

Aging And Addicted: 
The Opioid Epidemic Affects Older Adults, Too

As the nation grapples with a devastating opioid epidemic, concerns have primarily focused on young people buying drugs on the street. But America's elderly also have a problem. Over the past several decades, physicians have increasingly prescribed seniors pain medications to address chronic pain from arthritis, cancer, neurological diseases and other illnesses that become more common in later life.

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This Month's Tip
20 Warning Signs Your Parent Needs Help at Home

Knowing when to begin discussions about needed assistance with aging parents is not always as simple as one might think. Maybe you've noticed that dad's unopened mail is piling up. Or mom, once meticulous about her appearance, is wearing wrinkled clothes and not doing her hair. Perhaps there are  bruises  on your loved one's arms. When you bring up these observations, their instant response is, "Everything is fine, there's no need to worry."

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Remember...The Care Connection at Shepherd's Center Central is here to help anyone who is concerned about an aging parent, loved one, neighbor, or friend who needs referrals to resources, care planning, practical advice, guidance in balancing work and family, or stress relief. 
 
The Kansas City Caregiver Support Line provides resources and referrals for caregivers of older adults. Call 816-444-1122
 
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ONE POT WONDER TOMATO BASIL PASTA RECIPE
 
PREP TIME   20 mins
COOK TIME   10 mins
TOTAL TIME   30 mins
 
Recipe type:  Pasta
Cuisine:  Italian
Serves:  4 to 6 servings

INGREDIENTS
  • 12 ounces linguine pasta
  • 1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes with liquid ( I used zesty red pepper flavor style)
  • 1 medium sweet onion, cut in ¼ inch julienne strips (use an onion such as Vidalia or Walla Walla)
  • 4 cloves garlic, very thinly sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
  • 4½ cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 bunch (about 10 to 12 leaves) basil, diced
  • Parmesan cheese for garnish
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Place pasta, tomatoes, onion, and garlic in a large stock pot. Pour in vegetable broth. Sprinkle on top the pepper flakes and oregano. Drizzle top with oil.
  2. Cover pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a low simmer and keep covered and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes or so. Cook until almost all liquid has evaporated - I left about an inch of liquid in the bottom of the pot - but you can reduce as desired .
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add basil leaves and stir pasta several times to distribute the liquid in the bottom of the pot evenly throughout the pasta as you are serving. Serve garnished with Parmesan cheese.

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