Sauk City, Wisconsin (May 3, 2013) – Maplewood of Sauk Prairie, a trusted nursing facility in the local community, is offering the use of LiteGait® equipment in rehabilitation procedures to smoothly facilitate Partial Weight Bearing Gait Therapy. By using the equipment, a Sauk Prairie physical therapist is free to correct the posture, balance, and coordination of patients while they walk.

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Maplewood has served the Sauk Prairie and surrounding communities for 42 years and this past year has had a lot of changes. Rooms have been updated with deluxe mattresses, tvs and chairs, more rehabilitation services are offered, and a new administrator was gained. There is a lot to celebrate and Nursing Home Week, May 12-17 was the perfect venue to do just that. The theme for the week was “Team Care”. Each day the residents and staff participated in a different activity.

nursing week in sauk city wiEvery mother loves to have her children close. On Sunday, Mother’s Day, Maplewood treated participants to an entertaining morning of music and a danish. The day was electric and the halls were brimming with smiles, flowers and families. On Monday, it was game day. The highlight was looking at 7 sets of pictures and finding the differences in each picture. Tuesday brought a pizza party in the park, complete with old fashion games. Wednesday many employees and family members made the day special. Together, their offerings created a pet parade with an array of animals including well-behaved dogs, a horse, guinea pig, love bird, Macaw and turtle. Thursday was a day filled with team work as the employees played team building games. It was quite a show for the residents to enjoy and it brought an already close group of employees even closer. Friday was another well enjoyed day. The game played was Family Feud and the answers to the questions related to Maplewood’s current residents. It was another bonding experience as caretaker and resident talked about life “back in the day”, reminiscing about their first car and favorite hobby.

The activity department offers a lot of things for the residents to do on a daily basis. Celebrating during National Nursing Home week was an added bonus. The next celebration to note is on June 20th as residents and family members enjoy a summer picnic.

Many of us look forward to this time of year when we can be out in the fresh spring air, enjoying the birds and plants that are growing in our gardens. Working in the garden is great exercise and rewarding in many ways. As with any exercise, gardening can put stress on our bodies. With proper techniques, you can reduce chances of pain and injury.

You should treat gardening as a sport and warm up before you start. Stretch the most used muscles in your upper and lower body; this will help you become more flexible and able to handle the tasks ahead. Light stretching when you are done helps prevent stiffness later.

As we get older, it becomes more difficult to do as much at one time as we once could. Most injuries occur from doing too much too quickly, so spread out your activities throughout the week.

Keep good body mechanics in mind. Remember to lift heavy bags of dirt or mulch by keeping your back straight and bending your knees. Keep the bag close to your body and lift with the strength of your legs.

When shoveling, dig and lift, turning your whole body before you empty the contents. Avoid lifting, twisting and throwing, especially heavy or wet materials. Avoid bending forward for long periods of time; this can cause problems by putting pressure on your back and knees.

Take frequent breaks and trying to alternate use of different muscle groups; this will help minimize repetitive stress on your spine and muscles. Take a break every 30-60 minutes to get a drink of water every 30-60 minutes.

Most injuries occur when you try to do one last thing, so stop before you become fatigued, stiff, sore or experience pain. If you have pain, ice the area for 15-20 minutes. If that does not help, contact your health care provider.

There are many ergonomic garden tools available to help make gardening experiences safe and products without injuries. Happy Gardening!

As experts tell us, the right diet can prevent certain disease such as heart disease, cancer and high blood pressure. They are finding that eating certain foods may help our minds. At this time there aren’t any treatments proven to cure dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease, yet they have found foods that have a positive effect in overall mind health.

A “Brain Healthy Diet”, which is low in fat and cholesterol, is effective in reducing heart disease and diabetes by supporting blood flow to the brain. As we get older, it is harder to learn new things because the aging process of our brain cells become inflamed making it harder for cells to communicate with each other.

    Foods recommended by Alzheimer’s Association that help to keep you at the top of your game:

Blackberries: They contain great antioxidants, called polyphenols. According to a 2009 Tufts University Study, these antioxidants improve your ability to retain new information.

Coffee: 1,400 people who were in their 40’s and 50’s, participated in a study where they drank between three to five cups of coffee a day. They reduced their odds by 65% of developing Alzheimer’s Disease over those who drank fewer than two cups a day.

Apples: Remember the old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Apples (especially the skins) contain an antioxidant plant chemical called quercertin. They protect our brain cells by keeping the mental juices flowing. Cornell University did research on quercetin. They found quercetin defends our brain cells from free radicals that attack our outer lining of the brain which contains neurons. Loss of these neurons may lead to cognitive loss.

Chocolate: Researchers have found that eating as little as 1/3 ounce of chocolate (the size of 2 Hersey’s Kisses) a day helps protect age related memory loss. It helps lower blood pressure because the polyphenols in cocoa increases the blood flow to the brain.

Spinach: A 2006 Neurology study discovered by eating three servings of green, yellow and cruciferous vegetables a day, a person can slow cognitive decline by 40%. Spinach is packed with nutrients like folate, vitamin E and vitamin K that help prevent dementia.

Cinnamon: Research done at the University of California, Santa Barbara is still in the infant stage; however, the study found two compounds in cinnamon, proanthocyanidins and cinnamaldehyde, are known to inactivate the tau proteins and beta-amyloid plaque which cause brain cells to die – a trademark of Alzheimer’s Disease. Put a sprinkle of cinnamon on your oatmeal or in yogurt.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil: In the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, proteins and beta-amyloids attach to brain cells which prevent them from communicating with each other. Extra Virgin Olive Oil contains a compound rich in oleocanthal, which helps disable the beta-amyloids and proteins that cause memory loss.

Salmon: Found in salmon is a top source of DHA, the predominant omega-3 fat in your brain, believed to protect against Alzheimer’s Disease. It is also a good source of Vitamin D. Researchers have found that people deficient in Vitamin D are 40% more likely to suffer from age-related memory loss.

Curry: Curry powder contains turmeric, a spice that is a cousin to ginger. Turmeric contains a compound rich in curcumin known to block the formation of beta-amyloid plaques. It also fights inflammation and lowers artery-clogging cholesterol that reduces blood flow to the brain.

Concord Grape Juice: Good for your heart and good for your brain is Concord grape juice. It contains polyphenols found in red wine and concord grape juice, that can give your brain a boost. In a research study done at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, volunteers that were given a daily drink of concord grape juice for three months, significantly improved their memory and verbal skills over the others who were just given a placebo.