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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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From a close friend of the family. This is the best tasting chili I have ever had! I dream about this one...!

1 lb. Chorizo
1 lb. Hamburger
2 lb. Stew meat
4-6 links, sweet Italian sausage
1 large can pinto beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can garbanzo beans (optional)
1 jar La Victoria salsa
1 large can stewed tomato
3 T. red chili powder
1 tsp. Black pepper
½ can beer

 

Cook meat separately in olive oil. Combine together in large pot, Dutch oven or crockpot. Mix in salsa, chili powder, pepper, beer and stewed tomatoes. Cook over low heat for 20 min. Add beans and cook over low heat for at least 1 hour. The longer it cooks, the HOTTER it gets and the more tender the meat. For crockpots: cook on low overnight or on high for 3-4 hrs. For Dutch oven: cook in 300 degree oven with lid on for 3-4 hrs. Note: for less heat in the chili, use less chili powder and salsa.