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A New Strategy to Meet the Needs of the Elderly

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A New Strategy to Meet the Needs of the Elderly   by Alan Lipton

 

Geriatric Care Management:

Getting older isn't what it used to be. There was a time when senior members of the community lived amongst their extended family, relying on their children or grandchildren for support. But as the Baby Boomer generation pushes the population's media age higher and higher, and as each generation seems to move farther and farther from its geographical roots, the act of younger generations caring for their elderly relatives is becoming less common. Nowadays, the elderly must find alternative ways to receive the type of care they need, though many seniors are reluctant to move into retirement homes or assisted living facilities.

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The effects of caregiving linger on

"The negative psychological effects of caring for someone with dementia linger long after that person has died.  Previous research on caregivers shows that they have higher levels of depression than non-caregivers, especially if they are looking after someone with dementia. When the person dies, there is grief - naturally - but one might expect some psychological improvement once the burden of caregiving has been lifted." - from HealthandAge.com

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A New Orleans legend! Rich and decadent, this will impress and delight young and old alike. Be careful in the kitchen with this one or better yet have someone make it for you!

Ingredients:

4 ripe banana's
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
3/4 stick butter (margarine won't work)
1/4 cup Dark Rum
Vanilla or French Vanilla ice cream

Peel and then slice your banana's in half length wise. (long and flat) In a heated saucepan combine the brown sugar and the butter. Mix until butter and sugar are melted. (Be careful this is very hot and sticky.)

Next place the sliced banana's in the hot mixture and sauté banana's for a minute or two on each side. Now carefully pour the dark rum in the pan. Rocking the pan slightly over a gas stove should ignite the rum or use a lighter or match to carefully light the liquor. Remove from heat. Once the alcohol burns off and the flame goes out you are done!

In a bowl or plate place a scoop of vanilla or French vanilla ice cream, place a banana half or two and drizzle a little sauce over the top. Oooooooohhhheeeeeee, that's one big enjoy!