Dietitian Mary Lavanway was in for this week’s Wellness Wednesday, making simple and healthy summer desserts.
The Chocolate Covered Strawberry Ice Cream recipe is below, and the Independence Clafouti recipe can be found at the following link, click here for recipe
Wayne was speaking to Lee Ohmart, a pharmacist with Miller Drug, on Wednesday for this week’s Senior Spotlight. He spoke to Wayne about the possible risks people are taking by trying to save money through use of off-shore medications.
By: Dr. Joan Pellegrini
Do you know or live near an elderly person who lives alone? Living alone offers the advantage of freedom but may have a unique challenge of limited resources for help when needed. The elderly are at particular risk because of medications and balance issues that can lead to slips and falls. As we get older we develop balance issues because of hearing, vision, and muscle loss and also degenerating nerves and bones. The falls are more likely to cause a broken bone because of osteoporosis. The elderly are frequently on blood thinning medications and this can cause serious bleeding with a simple fall.
Checking in on the elderly offers a support network that will allow them to stay in their home longer and safely. I have a provided a list of some concerns that you and your family or neighbors may want to discuss when discussing how to make sure the person of concern is safe and has a plan.
-) Do a home safety check to make sure rugs are secure and cords are safe, etc. A good reference is the website for Consumer Product Safety (www.cpsc.gov) which has a checklist for the older person’s home safety.
-) Advance planning and scheduling: who is going to check on the person and on what days and at what time? There are automated calling services available in some areas. If you live far away and cannot reach the person, who lives nearby that can be called? I would recommend at least a daily check to make sure they have not fallen or become ill in such a way they cannot call for help. It could be as simple as a daily test message that requires an answer in a certain amount of time before you or someone else goes over to check on the person.
-) Does this person need medication reminders? If so, will someone be able to check the pill counts? Does the person need an alarm to be set for medication reminding? Do they often forget if they took the pill/pills? Perhaps a check box on a calendar would work in that situation.
-) Is a medical alert system needed? These are companies that offer a bracelet or necklace with a button that can be pressed if the person has fallen or cannot otherwise call for help. A necklace may be a better option because a person having a stroke may not be able to move the arm that is necessary to press the button on the other arm.
-) Can this person afford a cell phone that can be used when they are not in their house? If not, there is a service through the Federal Communications Committee that will provide a low cost cellular phone for emergency calls only.
-) If there is bad weather (too hot or too cold) or the power is out then someone should check on this person to make sure they have what is needed.
-) If this person is your neighbor and you are going to a store, they may appreciate your offering to pick up a few things for them.
-) Should this person have an ID bracelet with emergency contact information? People who need this are the elderly with some memory or dementia issues.
-) Is this person safe to still be driving? If not, what can you offer to help them be able to give up their license and yet not suffer too much loss of freedom?
Each elderly person who lives alone has different needs. Some may need more frequent checking in and some may just need a number to call in case of emergency. Even without a formal plan in place, you may know someone who lives alone and could use a little bit of help or checking upon in times of bad weather, etc.
Marion Syverson was here for this week’s Finance is Fun to talk about what businesses are the riskiest to start.
Food - Grocery stores, in an already competitive filed there is a lot of pressure on prices is shops of this type. Margins, the profit above costs, are typically very small and could be as low as 1% Restaurants and bars are also risky businesses. Often owners are surprised by the high costs of equipment and building requirement for code compliance, licensing and wages.
Stacey Coventry was in the studio for Kristin in this week’s Pet of the Week with the Bangor Humane Society. Today she brought a six year-old pug mix named Bellatrix. Bellatrix is an loving and playful male who is great with cats, playing with children, or just relaxing as a lap dog. Bellatrix’s adoption fee is $180.
If you’re thinking of buying your first home know there is help available to get you there.
Certified housing counselor Heather Massow has tips for first time homebuyers.
Call 973-3500 or log on to penquis.org for more information
On Monday’s I Love My Pet, Meet Dessy.
Dessy belongs to Rob, Kim, Kaleb, Kylee, and Micah of Cambridge.
Her family adopted her in February from the Humane Society in Augusta.
Carol Higgins Taylor was in for this week’s Senior Watch to tell us about an upcoming free training for Savvy Caregiver.
Savvy Cargiver program is geared towards care giving for people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
In Friday’s Noon Lunchbreak, Debbie McFarland from the SPCA of Hancock County was here with Jepetto.
Jepetto is a 1 year old Shepard mix. He is full of attention and quite the attention seeker. He would do best in a home with no other animals, and no kids under 12, as he can get somewhat overstimulated and can be too much for other furry friends and small children. He is very sweet and loves to play and be close to his people. He also is very affectionate and loves to go for walks.
Amy Badger of Bodies by Badger was in the studio for another Fitness Friday this week. She stopped in to speak to Wayne about stretching along with your exercises, and how the way that most of us were taught to stretch, may not actually be the most beneficial way for us to do it.
Amy Badger from Bodies by Badger was back in the studio on Friday for Fitness Friday. This week she was teaching Joy and Wayne some more exercises you can do with gliders right in your own living room.
A park in Bangor will transform into a movie theater Friday night – and everyone’s welcome to take a seat.
Bangor Baptist Church is hosting a free movie night at Broadway Park on July 18th.
Dietician Mary Lavanway shows us a salad idea for all those summer barbeques.
Serves: 6 (2/3 cup each)
3 cups broccoli florets
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
3/4 cup chopped celery
1/3 cup (1 1/2 ounces) Cabot® Sharp Light Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/4 cup Hellmann’s® Light Mayonnaise
1/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Ground Black Pepper
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