The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 13, 1996 · Page 19
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THE SALINA JOURNAL LIFE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1996 B7 V RESPITE CARE Elder care Day care for senior citizens benefits older adults and their caregivers By JAMES HANNAH flie Associated Press KETTERING, Ohio - By any measure, Debbie! Brueckman has given up a lot to care for »er; ailing, elderly parents. flrueckman's mother has Alzheimer's disease. When her father recently suffered a Stroke, Brueckman and her husband sold their home and moved in with her parents to care fl5r them. She also gave up her job as circulation supervisor at a library — a job she loved — to devote her time and energy to her parents. >4 "It's a 24-hour-a-day-type thing," she said. "I can't leave without having somebody in the home." ^.Brueckman's mother needs help to bathe and eat. Brueckman placed her in a nursing JjiQine, but pulled her out because she was not getting adequate care and was losing weight. She also was at times the target of her father's frustrations. He was depressed after los- Jn'g 50 percent of his vision because of his stroke. £ -Brueckman needed a break from her grueling routine, but she knew that hiring a home Companion would be too expensive. Then she Discovered elder day-care, a service that's '."•• ' V HOUSEHOLD HINTS helping both the elderly and their caregivers. Workers from the privately run Deerfield Senior Services pick up Brueckman's parents at their New Carlisle home and drive them 25 miles to a center in this Dayton suburb. At the end of the day, they are driven home. The sprawling, smartly furnished center features an exercise area, library, dining room and workshop. A number of activities such as painting, singing and baking are available. Field trips are offered, and experts are brought in to speak on selected topics. At first, Brueckman said, her father fiercely resisted the idea of elder day-care. "He was livid about going," Brueckman recalled. "I think he thought it was going to be a nursing-home-type atmosphere." His first visit changed his mind. He was able to exercise and got some expert advice on gardening, a favorite hobby. "He was disappointed he could not stay," said Brueckman. "It was an unbelievable turnaround. I never expected it. Now, he is up and ready to go. It's changed him totally. ... There are people who will talk to him and listen to him all day long." Brueckman's mother goes to the center once a week; her father goes twice. The center gives something back to Brueck- man — a chance to get out once a week with her husband. They go out to eat or shop. "I don't have anybody making demands on me," she said. Deerfield's Kettering center, which opened in July, is the Baltimore-based company's first in Ohio. It plans to open two more Ohio centers by the end of the year. Demand spurs center openings The Kettering center, which can serve more than 70 people, opened in July. The 13 clients who have signed up so far pay $64 a day, which includes meals and transportation. There were 15 adult day-care centers in the United States in 1975. Ten years later there were 1,200; today there are more than 3,000. "Demand is going to dictate the need for 10,000 centers by the year 2000," said Nancy Moldenhauer, director of the National Adult Day Service Association. "Adult day services are the fastest-growing sector of the community-based delivery system." Dorothy Howe, manager of health advocacy services for the American Association of Retired Persons, said adult day-care has existed since the 1940s and was initially offered by churches and YMCAs. More recently, private industry has gotten involved. Foster Parenting ^ t. Francis at Salina is expanding its Foster Care Program. We are in need of foster families interested in opening their hearts and homes to children and youth with special needs. St. Francis has been in the business of providing quality care to youth and their families for over 50 years. We operate adolescent residential care programs, an emergency shelter, partial day treatment, and outpatient therapy services in the Salina area. These services as well as training, respite care, and ongoing support will be available free of charge to foster families sponsored by St. Francis. If you enjoy working with children, are 21 years or older, and have room in your family and home for a child or teenager, please consider this rewarding challenge. If you would like information about becoming a foster parent, please call Betty Hazen at 913-825-0563 or 1-800-435-1045. S.he will be glad to FRANCIS ex p' a ' n * ne application process and our ACADEMY generous (tax free) compensation plan for the care of each child. INCORPORATED JRug lies flat on 'table support' £ .Dear Heloise: We have an oval- shaped dining table, which has a Central pedestal support with four feet coming from tb.e. pedestal. Un- •ddr our dining fable we have a "crumb catcher" ^•a woven-backed gug to protect the good-quality car,pet we have {throughout the jhouse. < Our rug is continually in waves land wrinkles. We * Jdo change the rug around often, 'but within a day or two we're fright back to where we started. . ! Any help you can give us would Jindeed be appreciated. — Jan "Hammett, Indianola, Miss. • Dear Jan: A friend of mine had Ithe same problem with a very {heavy marble pedestal coffee HELOISE King Features table. The padding and rug flattened out under the weight of the marble. She solved the problem by using a large, heavy piece of plywood under the throw rug. The "support" was larger than the dimensions of the pedestal by about 12 inches. After the area rug was placed over the plywood, she centered the pedestal. The plywood helped keep "the pedestal from sinking into the carpeting and the area rug stayed wrinkle-free. Hopefully, this can also solve your problem. If anyone has any other ideas that work, we'd love to hear from you. — Heloise Dear Readers: One of our little cockatiels who resides in our office loves his wooden rings with a bell attached. He has become very, very attached to the bell. We watch him putting his head under it and moving it back and forth. I guess it feels like someone is petting him. He's adorable, but he won't let his little cagemate near it. If we remove the rings, he yells, runs and flies around his cage until we hang it back up. It's awfully cute to watch. — The Heloise Office Dear Heloise: Here is a hint for recycling a console TV cabinet when the TV no longer works. Take all the insides out of the cabinet and put a full piece of glass in front, then put a door on the back side on hinges. This makes a good display cabinet for dolls, bells, whatever your prize possessions may be. My husband added a small 6- inch fluorescent light on top (inside). It's a beautiful attraction in any room. — Sue Veland, Santa Rosa, Texas |T SPORTS MEDICINE |Fill fluid tank day before event ! Dear Dr. Donohue: You and "everyone who writes on sports {medicine harp on the need to stay •well-hydrated. ^ «That leaves me up Jin the air. Can you Jgive me particu- jlars on what you wnean by "well-hy- Idrated"? — O.N. J Dear O.N.: Be- Jing well-hydrated »is having suffi- *eient fluid to complete any sporting event. Here are some timing particulars: ^ Start loading your fluid tank the day before an event. Then, two hours before competition, take DR. PAUL DONOHUE North America Syndicate two 8-ounce glasses of water. For the first hour of play, drink two more glasses of water. If play lasts more than an hour, increase intake to three glasses for each subsequent hour. Dear Dr. Donohue: Have you seen these ads for chromium for muscle building? What do you think of chromium? Why do we need it? — E.B. Dear E.B.: Chromium is one of the so-called trace elements, substances the body needs in barely measurable amounts. It is amazing how miniscule is the amount of chromium needed for its function, which is in metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Yes, it is a busy trace. How chromium became en- meshed in the muscle-building conversation stems from its role vis-a-vis ammo acids. Chromium enhances amino acid entry into muscle cells, where it helps carry on the building of protein, so much a part of muscle. That's the technical story. The undramatic fact remains that we get all the chromium we need in the food we eat. Taking supplemental chromium isn't necessary to a muscle-building program. If you want more details, ask at your library for a copy of the Journal of Medicine, and Science in Sports and Exercise, a magazine that deals with some of the arcana surrounding exercise. The pertinent data on chromium needs is spelled out in the January 1996 issue. Now One Call Does it All ...the merger off BDflK numbing with: Electrical * Heating * Cooling * Plumbing * Sheet Metal Now one call does it all for your heating, air conditioning, plumbing and electrical needs. "•VjAWJF 800-464-0485 or 827-0484 10AM to 5PM German Music, German Food, Dancing & Many Crafts! •^stm; \ \ ,*, oaoberfes, FREE BOARDING: Complimentary Boarding Pass For One or up to Four People with Coupon. ' Saturday, October 19 or Sunday, October 20 * CODE JLLJEXPIRES 10/20/96 I Coupon must be presented at ticket office before boarding. Subject to availability. Must be 21 or older. | I ~wu, I'l"" Not valid with any other discount or promotion. Value 1/100 cent. . KANSAS CELLULAR WINS BY LANDSLIDE! 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