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Chef Joe’s Kitchen: Shrimp and Grits

Chef Joe’s Kitchen: Shrimp and Grits

  This traditional Southern dish features simple ingredients. It reminds me of simpler times. – Chef Joe (Serves 2) Recipe: 4 strips of thinly sliced bacon 4 garlic cloves, sliced ½ white onion diced small ½ lbs. small shrimp peeled and de-veined 8 grape tomatoes cut in halves 2 tbsp olive oil 4 sliced green onions 1 tbsp. tomato paste…

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It was a Doggone Good Fashion Show at our Memory Cafe

It was a Doggone Good Fashion Show at our Memory Cafe

  Attendees of the Visiting Nurse Association of Florida’s Memory Café program, along with our residents, recently enjoyed a special Doggie Fashion Show presented by the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast (HSTC). The adorable fashion show “models” were rescue dogs that are part of HSTC’s Pet Therapy program. Animal-assisted therapy, or pet therapy, focuses on the love and companionship…

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Creativity Sparks During National Assisted Living Week

Creativity Sparks During National Assisted Living Week

  “A Spark of Creativity” is the theme for this year’s National Assisted Living Week (NALW), which is celebrated September 8th-14th, 2019. This annual weekly observance was established by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) in 1995. It offers an opportunity for everyone to learn about senior living communities and everything they have to offer, including healthcare, personal enrichment,…

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Hurricane Preparedness for Assisted Living Communities

Hurricane Preparedness for Assisted Living Communities

  In 2018, while serving as the Governor of Florida, Rick Scott implemented new regulations regarding hurricane preparedness for assisted living communities throughout the state. The regulations required all communities to have a backup generator and a detailed Evacuation and Emergency Plan (EPP) in place. Scott put the new rules in place after 12 residents at the Hollywood Hills Rehabilitation…

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Chef Joe’s Kitchen: Tembleque Coconut Pudding

Chef Joe’s Kitchen: Tembleque Coconut Pudding

    “This recipe from Puerto Rico is one of my favorite desserts. It’s delicious and easy to make. If you like coconut, you will love this recipe!” – Chef Joe.   Tembleque “Coconut Pudding”   Ingredients: 4 cups coconut milk ½ cup sugar ½ cup cornstarch ¼ teaspoon salt Garnish with cinnamon   Directions: In sauce pan, mix cornstarch,…

Should You Move to an Assisted Living Community?

Should You Move to an Assisted Living Community?

  Moving to an assisted living community is a highly personal decision that is based on many different factors, all of which are unique to the individual who is considering the move, as well as their families. Assisted living communities are designed for older adults who value an independent, social lifestyle but who require assistance with daily activities, such as…

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Assisted Living Communities are “Very Important” to Most Adults, Says AARP Survey

Assisted Living Communities are “Very Important” to Most Adults, Says AARP Survey

  Eighty-five percent of U.S. adults feel it’s important to have independent living, memory care, and assisted living communities in their town or close to where they reside, according to a recent AARP survey. The survey included 1,947 adults, aged 18 years and older. Although the group of participants was somewhat small, the survey still produced some interesting results regarding…

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Assisted Living Helps Fight Loneliness in Older Adults

Assisted Living Helps Fight Loneliness in Older Adults

Whether they’re engrossed in a book, taking a walk in the woods, or enjoying activities like knitting or crocheting, many seniors enjoy moments of solitude. But loneliness in older adults is not the same thing as enjoying some quality alone time. A recent survey by the AARP Foundation  found that nearly half of older adults, particularly those with lower annual incomes,…

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Having a Dog is Good for Your Heart, Studies Say

Having a Dog is Good for Your Heart, Studies Say

Ask any dog lover if their canine companion is good for their heart and they will say, “Of course they are!” But the heart healthy effects of owning a dog go beyond falling in love with their furry hugs and slobbery kisses. According to several studies and a new health report from Harvard Medical School, having a dog may decrease…

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