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Nov
15

WTHI-TV: Forget Me Not - A Daughter's View of Alzheimer's

  BRAZIL, Ind. (WTHI) - It not only changes but eats away at lives every day. Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's Disease. It's a condition that progressively destroys the memory, it's one many don't understand until it happens to them or someone they love. All of Mona Keiser's life, the bond between her and her mother has been a different kind of relationship. "She's always played and had fun and all that, and I've always been the responsible grown up," Mona said. As the oldest daughter, she says it's stressful to have to make the decisions that nobody else wants to make. Mona is now her mother's caregiver. "She just kind of started forgetting things, started not being able to walk very good, and not being able to take care of the bills or cook." It was four years ago when doctors gave the diagnosis. "It's like it's a taboo word or something, you know, they don't want to say Alzheimer's...but that's what it is," Mona said. Already living with kidney failure and diabetes, the weight of Alzheimer's was too much to bear. "It got to where we couldn't take care of her at home anymore." Home is now Exceptional Living Centers in Brazil. Every day, Mona takes the trip from Center Point. "She'll go the whole day without really knowing anybody, and then it's like a light comes on and she says 'Oh Mona!" Laughs and patty cake are a part of the good days. "The patty cake thing is the most fun because it makes her laugh," Mona told us. Laughter is the same medicine that gets them through the bad. A terrible disease, but it's also part of life. That's how Mona sees it. Though every day with her mom is different, there's always one thing that's stayed the same. "She still has compassion," Mona told us. "Respect your parents and let them know you love them every day because you never know when you're not going to be able to." It's a bond no disease could every break. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. Health officials say that number could reach 16 million by the year 2050. Article and aired on WTHI-TV on Nov. 13, 2017. Watch the video.   …
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Nov
14

Proper Hand Washing: The Easiest Route to Healthier Living

Many of us go to great lengths to stay healthy and avoid illness and infections. However, many people neglect the easiest way to limit the transfer of bacteria and viruses and it’s practically free—proper hand washing.   As you touch door handles, shake hands, and touch grocery carts, germs come in contact with your hands. These germs are easily spread to your eyes, nose, mouth, and to other people. When should you wash your hands? Think before and after. Before preparing or eating food, putting contact lenses in or out, or putting your fingers in your mouth or eyes After using the restroom, blowing your nose, shaking hands, coughing or sneezing into your hands, handling trash, or touching hand rails and other items in a public place How should you wash your hands? Proper hand-washing involves several steps: Wet your hands before applying soap. Apply soap and lather well. Regular soap is fine. Antibacterial soap isn’t any more effective than regular soap and the FDA finds that use of these products leads to drug-resistant bacteria. Rub hands together for 20 seconds. Here’s a tip: Sing Happy Birthday in your head two times! Use a towel or your elbow to turn off the faucet. Don’t run the risk of contaminating your clean hands. Also, avoid using your clean hands to open the door of a public bathroom when you exit. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. It should contain 60% alcohol. It’s a good idea to keep a small bottle in your car, desk, and purse. Make regular and proper hand washing a habit. It’s been said that it can take 30 days to form a new habit, so be intentional about hand washing until it becomes second nature. Follow these healthy practices, not just during cold and flu season, but all year long. …
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Nov
14

Holiday Open House! Dec. 20

The holiday spirit is in the air at the senior living campus of Exceptional Living Center of Brazil and Towne Park Assisted Living. The Centers will host a free campus-wide holiday open house celebration on December 20 from 6-8 p.m. that will feature Santa's Workshop and a LIVE reindeer. The event will be held at 501 S. Murphy Ave. in Brazil and will allow area residents to tour the centers, have their photo take with Santa and his elves, and participate in holiday-themed activities. Bring your camera though so you can capture all the fun and photos with Santa for the young and old alike. Towne Park Assisted Living will be transformed into Santa's North Pole headquarters. After visiting the jolly man in red, attendees can stay for activities. Both sites will offer delectable treats and tasty drinks like hot chocolate and punch. Attendees will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 Wal-Mart gift card by donating non-perishable food items at the event. The donation will benefit the Clay County Emergency Food Pantry. This event is open to individuals of all ages! …
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About Exceptional Living Center of Brazil

Choosing a place to call home is a decision families make together. We are here to help you select the right health care center to meet your needs. Whether you are recovering from surgery, injury or illness, or choosing a long term care center for an extended residential stay, at Exceptional Living Center of Brazil we have the knowledge and expertise to meet complex medical needs. Through our campus of care, assisted living is also available at Towne Park Assisted Living of Brazil.

 
We specialize in rehabilitation services to improve the speed and scope of recovery following injury and do so in a private and dignified manner. Our goal is to help restore maximum abilities for individuals recovering from medical injuries with a patient-centered, cost-effective manner. Exceptional Living Center of Brazil is a not-for-profit center.

We invite you to visit us today at Exceptional Living Center of Brazil.

 

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