Alzheimers Awareness Month

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How to Treat a Family Member with
Dementia This Holiday Season

World-renowned Expert Shares 5 Helpful Tips

Whether it’s Mom, Dad, Grandma or Grandpa – or your spouse – the “holiday quarter” can present special challenges for families with a loved one suffering from dementia.
“We have an expectation that loved ones should never change from the person we’ve perceived them to be for years, but everyone changes significantly over an extended period, especially those diagnosed with dementia,” says Kerry Mills, a sought-after expert in best care practices for people with dementia, which includes Alzheimer’s. November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.

“Dementia encompasses a wide range of brain diseases, which means it’s not the fault of a Grandma if she has trouble remembering things or gets flustered. Empathy for what she’s experiencing on the level of the brain will help your relationship with her. Do not expect her to meet you halfway to your world; you have to enter her world.”
Spouses have a particularly difficult time coping with their partner’s dementia, Mills says. A spousal relationship is a team and is central to the identities of both people. So, while you’re paying special attention to a parent’s or grandparent’s condition, extend it to his or her spouse, she says. 

Families tend to have a hard time coping with a loved one’s dementia during holiday gatherings. Mills, coauthor with Jennifer A. Brush of “I Care, A Handbook for Care Partners of People with Dementia,” (, offers tips for how to interact with a loved one – say, Grandma – whose brain is deteriorating.
•  Do not get frustrated. “First, do no harm” – the excellent maxim taught to medical students, is also a great first principle for those interacting with Grandma, who may be experiencing a level of frustration and anxiety you cannot comprehend adequately. She simply doesn’t have access to certain details, but she is still a conscious and feeling person who has plenty to offer. If you get frustrated, she’ll pick up on it.
•  Dedicate someone to Grandma during the gathering. Of course, loving families will want to include Grandma in the group, but be careful not to overwhelm her with attention. Her brain, which has trouble processing some information, could use assistance – a liaison to help her process things. Grandpa could probably use a break; her son or daughter may be the best handler during a gathering.
•  Give Grandma purpose; give her a task in the kitchen. Keep Grandma, who may’ve been prolific in the kitchen in the past, engaged! Simple tasks, such as mashing potatoes or stirring gravy, may be best. Engage her in conversation about the food. If it’s Grandpa whose suffering dementia, include him in a group. Give him a cigar if the other men are going outside to smoke. Engage him in a conversation about football, which may allow him on his own terms to recall details from the past.
•  Use visual imagery and do not ask yes-or-no questions. Again, asking someone with Alzheimer’s to remember a specific incident 23 years ago can be like asking someone confined to a wheelchair to run a 40-yard dash – it’s physically impossible. Don’t pigeonhole her. Direct Grandma in conversation; say things to her that may stimulate recollection, but don’t push a memory that may not be there. Pictures are often an excellent tool.
•  Safety is your biggest priority. Whether during a holiday gathering or in general, Grandma may commit herself to activities she shouldn’t be doing, such as driving.
“She’s been driving for decades, and then she develops a memory problem, which not only prevents her from remembering her condition, but also how to drive safely,” Mills says. “This major safety concern applies to any potentially dangerous aspect to life.”
“Currently, there’s a stigma with the condition, but I’d like to change the baseline for how we regard dementia,” Mills says. “As with other medical conditions, Alzheimer’s should not be about waiting to die – patients often live 15 years or more after a diagnosis. It should be about living with it.” 

* * *  This subject is near and dear to my heart! (Maybe not so dear because it is a terrible disease) My mom, at age 57, was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia this year and I am her caregiver. I hope to raise much awareness about this in the future, and I hope I can write more about our experience when I can.


The Bible Mini Series Premiering on History Channel on 3/3/13 +$15 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway

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Have you heard about the new History Channel's minseries, The Bible yet? It will be starting on March 3, 2013 Sundays at 8PM.

Here is some information about this 10-part miniseries:

" From Executive Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett comes The Bible — an epic 10-part miniseries retelling stories from the Scriptures for a whole new generation. Breathtaking in scope and scale, The Bible features powerful performances, exotic locales and dazzling visual effects that breathe spectacular life into the dramatic tales of faith and courage from Genesis through Revelation. This historic television event is sure to entertain and inspire the whole family! Where will YOU be 3.3.13? "

Check out The Bible this upcoming Sunday!


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Educational Insights $50 Gift Code Giveaway!

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      I'm happy to announce that Educational Insights is offering a $50 Educational Insights Gift Code Giveaway right here today, just in time for the holidays! Educational Insights is the perfect place to shop for birthdays or for the holidays!

(from their website)

Based in Southern California, Educational Insights, is the manufacturer of playful products with serious educational value, including subject-specific classroom products, teacher resources, educational toys, and games. Our products are designed by seasoned educators and parents who know that, first and foremost, learning must be fun.

     Educational Insights is currently having a Race to 50,000 Facebook Fans. Every 1,000 Fan, Educational Insights will choose a winner to receive a prize pack worth $500. When Educational Insights hits 50,000 Facebook Fans, EVERY fan will be rewarded!! Spread the word and let your family and friends know!

     Educational Insights is offering a $50 Gift Code gift code right here in their quest to find more Facebook Fans! All you need to do to enter this giveaway is to Like Educational Insights on Facebook!

Thanks to Educational Insights, one lucky reader will win a $50 Promo Code to go on a shopping spree at Educational Insights!!

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I will receive a gift code as a gift for hosting this giveaway. All opinions are solely my own. Others may have different opinions. I did not receive monetary compensation for writing this post. Many thank to Educational Insights  for letting me giveaway a gift code to a lucky reader. 

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Progresso Light Creamy Soups BlogSpark Prize Pack Giveaway

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  Are you craving rich and creamy soup flavors with the cooler weather here? Do you dread the many calories that are in creamy soups? I have great news! Progresso has just come out with the all new Progresso Light soups that contain only 100 calories per serving. Now you can indulge in warm, creamy soups like Light Creamy Potato with Bacon and Cheese and Light Chicken Pot Pie Style without feeling the extra guilt. These soups are packed with satisfying flavors so now you can eat less calories without sacrificing the taste!

   Light Creamy Potato with Bacon and Cheese and Light Chicken Pot Pie are just two soups that are joining the lineup of more than 40 flavorful soups that are 100 calories or less per serving.

    These soups are Weight Watchers endorsed, have 100 calories per serving and a 2 PointsPlus value per serving.

      The Light Creamy Potato with Bacon and Cheese was my favorite soup out of the two creamy soups that I received to try out. I am a potato soup lover. Potato soup is one of my favorite soups of all time! I am glad to find a soup that tastes great with only 100 calories. Infact, this soup has 50% fewer calories than the leading potato bacon and cheese soups. The soup has little chunks of potato inside with other yummy ingredients like bacon, onions, and celery.  I have purchased more of the Progresso Light Creamy Potato with Bacon and Cheese soup since trying it out! That is how much that I loved this soup. I also had to go to the store twice to get this soup because the first time I went to the store this soup was all out! That is how popular this soup is where I shop!

    The Light Chicken Pot Pie is a yummy wholesome flavor! It is full of chunky classic vegetables, hearty potatoes and white-meat chicken! This soup is definitely for you if you love chunky soup. This soup has 33% fewer calories than regular ready-to-serve soups. I also noticed that this soup was sold out at the store when I tried to purchase this soup. The Light soups were mostly out of stock so these soups are extra popular right now!

    I recommend these 2 Progresso Light Creamy Soup Flavors! I love that they have Light Soups out now to help us eat fewer calories! I love eating these soups with a green salad too for a soup and salad lunch.

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Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp Blu-Ray Combo Pack Giveaway!

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 Warner Bros. Pictures is proud to announce the release of Dark Shadows on DVD and Blu-Ray, October 2nd, 2012!

     From the incredible mind of Tim Burton comes the hit film Dark Shadows, based on the classic television series! Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) has trapped for two centuries by an evil witch (Eva Green) who just happens to be an ex lover. Barnabas now has to struggle with the ever changing 1970's and save his families business! With an all star cast that includes: Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jonny Lee Miller and more. Dark Shadows will be sure to whet your appetite for fun. 

      Have some fun with the app below. Take the Are You Creep Enough Quiz, play the Barnabas' Terrorific Trivia and see your Dark Shadows Horror-Scope, if you dare!


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Simple Green Liquid Laundry Detergent Review + Giveaway

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      I'm happy to introduce to you today, the newest product from Simple Green! Simple Green has added the Simple Green Laundry to the amazing line of products that they already sell! 

      Simple Green Laundry is a liquid laundry detergent that has 2x's the concentrated strength, which means it is tough on stains and the bottle will last a longer time, with not having to use so much detergent in one use!

      Here are some other reasons why I love the Simple Green Laundry:
  •  Biodegradable
  • 100 oz bottle will wash up to 100 HE loads of laundry
  • Powerful cleaning at all temperatures
  • USDA Certified Biobased Product
  • NO Allergens asthmagens, chlorine, phosphates or optical brighteners
  • NO dyes or fragrance
  • Perfect for both the Standard and high efficiency washing machines.

      I had the opportunity to receive the Simple Green Laundry 100 oz. and test it out for myself! I really liked that the detergent was a clear color. I have never seen a liquid detergent that was a clear color before. Paul and I deal with itchy skin so we are careful with which laundry products we use. Simple Green has been added to our laundry list of products we will continue to use with our sensitive skin. The Simple Green Laundry didn't irritate our skin one bit. This is one reason why we love the Simple Green Laundry. We have no more itching skin with using the Simple Green Laundry.

      Simple Green Laundry has a measuring system on the inside of the cap to help insure the proper amount of laundry detergent is being used with the type of load that is in the washer. I like that the lid has a handy measuring feature. I will admit that I'm use to putting more detergent in the washing machine with other brands of detergent. I was very happy to see that with using the Simple Green Laundry, I did not have to use as much detergent as I'm use to using! I could see the savings right there! Saving detergent by not using as much equals saving money!

       I used Simple Green Laundry on my white clothes, colored clothes, stained clothes and my stinky bath towels. The Simple Green Laundry left my whites white, my brights stayed bright and my stains disappeared with only one wash. I was also happy to smell that the Simple Green Laundry refreshed my bath towels and clothes leaving them clean and smelling fresh again without an overpowering scent! 

      Simple Green Laundry is available online only right now, but will be found in your local stores later this year! 

      As always, Simple Green is recommended by us and we also now recommend the Simple Green Laundry to you!


      Purchase Simple Green Laundry for $10.99 by visiting the Simple Green online store. Use COUPON CODE BLOG2012 to receive FREE SHIPPING!!  Hurry on over to purchase now because the free shipping code will expire on August 31, 2012.

     Would you like to be one of the first people to try out the Simple Green Laundry? Here is your chance! Enter to win a bottle of Simple Green Laundry below!  

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Fiber One Nutty Clusters & Almonds Breakfast Cereal Review & Giveaway (#MyBlogSpark)

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    I'm happy to introduce to you the newest cereal of Fiber One today! Fiber One has recently come out with the new cereal, Nutty Clusters & Almonds! Nutty Clusters & Almonds has the perfect combination of crunch and sweetness with 11 grams of fiber!

    Did you know that 9 out of 10 Americans DO NOT get enough Fiber in their diet? Fiber One Nutty Clusters & Almonds is a great way to start your day to help you get enough fiber in your diet daily! I am pretty sure that I was one of those 9 people who do not get enough fiber in their diet! I'm glad that Fiber One now helps me get more fiber into my diet daily!

    About Fiber One Nutty Clusters & Almonds:

  • Contains 11 grams of fiber (43% of the daily value), 23 grams of whole grain (at least 48 recommended daily) and 180 calories per serving.
  •  Chock full of delicious crunchy nut clusters, real sliced almonds and whole grain flakes.

     I was sent the new Fiber One cereal to try out. I was sent 2 boxes of the Nutty Clusters &  Almond Cereal, Nut Bowl, Spoon, and a nutcracker.

    I have a hard time getting enough fiber in my diet. I was excited to find out that Fiber One has a new flavor of cereal that can help me get a lot more fiber and whole grains into my diet. I love the crunchiness of this cereal. This cereal tastes like the perfect combination with a nutty, grainy and very light sweetness taste. I have been enjoying this cereal for breakfast for the last few days. This cereal would be a nice snack before bed, as well! This cereal would be really tasty with some added fruit on top too!

    I'm excited that I have found a new favorite cereal that is not the sugary kind of cereal that I am use to having. I'm glad to have an alternative cereal that is healthy with more fiber in it. I definitely will purchase the Nutty Clusters & Almonds Cereal from Fiber One again in the near future! This is my new favorite cereal that has flakes in the cereal!

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  • (2) boxes of Fiber One Nutty Clusters & Almonds cereal
  • `Nut´ Bowl and  Spoon 

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