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Ending Alzheimer’s Disease through HPC

Ending Alzheimer’s Disease

In advance of SC14, a high-performance computing conference, Intel spoke with Dr. Rudi Tanzi the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and the Director, Genetics and Aging Research Unit at the MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease about his groundbreaking Alzheimer’s research and the critical role High Performance Computing (HPC) will play in future advances.

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Elite Care in the News: Marjorie’s Centenarian Celebration

On November 18th, Marjorie Mandelkorn celebrated her 100th birthday. In honor of Marjorie’s big day, the staff at Fanno Creek arranged a very special surprise. Geoff Pursinger of The Times attended the festivities and wrote the following story:

Memory Care Facility Turns 100th Birthday Into Trot Down Memory Lane

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Photo Credit: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ – Jane Cooney escorts her mother, Marjorie Mandelkorn, to see horses brought by Stafford Farms as a birthday surprise for Mandelkorns 100th birthday at Fanno Creek Elite Care.

Marjorie Mandelkorn doesn’t come out of her room much these days. Mandelkorn, who turned 100 on Tuesday, lives at Fanno Creek Elite Care memory care facility on Southwest Grant Avenue in Tigard. When her son arrived for her birthday, he expected to find her in her apartment, where she has been for the past year-and-a-half. To his amazement, she wasn’t there. She had ventured out of her room for a special birthday present: A chance to meet with some old friends. Two large, brown horses stopped by the memory care facility on her special day, as part of a new program to celebrate the lives of its longtime residents.

“Happy birthday,” a nurse said, wheeling Mandelkorn’s wheelchair up to one of the animals. “We brought her just for you.” Read more

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Elite Care Career Feature: Personal Assistant (Caregiver)

We are Growing!

Elite Care is growing and we’re looking for a caregiver (we call them Personal Assistants) to join our Team.

Summary of Position

The Personal Assistants (our caregivers) assist the Resident in maintaining both their independence and quality of life, while promoting an environment that fosters independence, choice and self-fulfillment. Personal Assistants (PAs) perform their care tasks and duties so that the Resident’s physical and psychological health is supported and strengthened PAs use their experience, effective communication methods and the Resident’s history & strengths all to establish a close, loving, family relationship with Residents. PAs are the backbone for our Residents Living Well Each Day.

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A Centenarian Celebration at Elite Care

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A Wish Granted

Betty had always wanted to go on a hot air balloon ride, so with her family’s help and inspiration, we celebrated her 100th birthday and granted her wish. A local balloon pilot took Betty and her Elite Care Personal Assistant on the ride of a lifetime. They soared over the family’s Willamette Valley vineyard and later touched the balloon’s basket down in the Willamette River. It was a wonderful day for Betty, her family, and the Elite Care Team Members who’d come to care for Betty as a member of the Elite Care family. The event was such a hit, we decided to create a special event—Centenarian Celebrations—to honor all our Residents on their momentous 100th birthday. Read more

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A Powerful Symbol

BY: CHAPLAIN JACK DIAZ, OATFIELD ESTATES 

I am amazed at how fast time flies. I’m even more amazed as I look back and see how God has bestowed His many blessings upon me and my family. I love how God has brought me to minister to each of you here at Elite Care at Oatfield Estates. It’s been 12 years now. My! Oh! My! How time flies when you’re having fun!

November is a rather busy month. With time changes, mid-term elections, Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving, what are we to do? This is the season I’m sure we all enjoy. This is the season of not just giving thanks, but of giving of ourselves in the spirit of love for one another. To all our Veterans, I am very thankful for your selfless service for our Country’s freedom. Your sacrifices will not go un-noted. We especially recognize this time of the year for “Thanksgiving Day.” For this day is of great significance to our great Nation. As a Nation founded in Christian values by our forefathers, I am so honored to serve you here at Elite Care, Oatfield Estates. The past twelve years have been such a blessing to me in so many ways. I am also aware that even in seasons of joy
we also have difficult times. With that in mind, I’d like to share this with you: Read more

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Service Opportunities at Elite Care

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“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” –Mahatma Gandhi

We have been hosting a couple of young ladies from Germany who have been volunteering at Fanno Creek. I asked them to write about their experience.

We, Caroline (19) and Jessica (19), from Germany, graduated in May 2014.   Like many other young people we decided to volunteer abroad to gain experience for our life. For two months –five days a week- we are part of the Spruce and Cedar families at Fanno Creek.

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The Challenges of Stopping Falls Among the Eldery

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This is part of an ongoing series examining the serious threat falls pose to seniors. Click here to learn what Elite Care is doing to Stop the Falls.

Stopping Falls a Growing Challenge

In a recent two-part series, The New York Times examined the challenges many elder and memory care facilities face in stopping falls among their residents. In part one, author Katie Hafner describes the depths of the problem in two powerful paragraphs:

“The dangers are real. The number of people over 65 who died after a fall reached nearly 24,000 in 2012, the most recent year for which fatality numbers are available — almost double the number 10 years earlier, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And more than 2.4 million people over 65 were treated in emergency departments for injuries from falls in 2012 alone, an increase of 50 percent over a decade. All told, in the decade from 2002-2012, more than 200,000 Americans over 65 died after falls. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death in that age group.”

Hafner goes on to describe how facilities are using new methods to anticipate trouble spots and then working proactively at stopping falls before they happen. One of the most interesting techniques uses special goggles or glasses, tinted to mimic the effects of glaucoma or other vision-restricting diseases. This approach has led to the implementation of simple contrast markers to help residents navigate stairs or doorway thresholds.

Watch a Video Simulating Visual Impairments Typical in Seniors: 

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Elite Care Career Feature: Housekeeper

WE ARE GROWING!

Elite Care is growing and we’re looking for a Housekeeper to join our Team

Summary of Position

The housekeeper is responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of the Residents’ rooms, the house common areas, the office, indoor meeting areas and company vehicles. The housekeeper has an eye for detail and is dedicated to the highest standards of cleanliness. Housekeepers contribute to the atmosphere of the houses with their pleasant and positive attitude.

In addition, the housekeeper assists the Chefs by delivering supplies to the kitchens and assisting the Chefs in organizing deliveries.

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Caregiving Impacts Patient’s Emotional State

Alzheimer’s Patients Feel Emotion

Science Daily reports on a recent University of Iowa study, showing emotion is present in Alzheimer’s patients even when associated memory is not. Proof, they say, of the important role caregivers play in the emotional state of their patients.

“UI researchers showed individuals with Alzheimer’s disease clips of sad and happy movies. The patients experienced sustained states of sadness and happiness despite not being able to remember the movies.

‘This confirms that the emotional life of an Alzheimer’s patient is alive and well,’ says lead author Edmarie Guzmán-Vélez, a doctoral student in clinical psychology, a Dean’s Graduate Research Fellow, and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.”

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