Archive for August, 2012

Happy Birthday, Besse Cooper!

World’s oldest person, Besse Cooper, celebrates her 116th birthday today! According to the Guinness World Records there have only been eight other people to reach the age of 116.

Besse’s birthday hits close to home for AmeriCare Georgia as she lives in our very own small town of Monroe! In honor of her achievement, a bridge was named after her as well as a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, August 24.

Besse was born in Sullivan, Tenn. in 1896; the year of the first Olympic Games in Athens, Greece and the discovery of gold in Yukon, Canada. She moved to Monroe, Georgia during World War I to become a teacher. She has lived through global milestones such as the U.S. stock market crash of 1929, the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, the first man on the Moon in 1969 and of course the widespread adoption of electricity, cars and technology as we know it today.  To say the least, Besse has seen the nation at its highest and lowest points as well as some of the most significant historical events in the world.

She married her husband Luther in 1924 and since then has had 4 children, 12 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. When asked her secret to achieving 116 years of life Besse said, “I mind my own business and I don’t eat junk food.”

Happy Birthday Besse – Thank you for showing us all that is possible.


August 28, 2012 at 4:45 pm Leave a comment

Among Many Aging Americans, Surprising Optimism

Blog writer Paula Span from the NY Times blog summarized a new study released by UnitedHealthCare  and the National Council on Aging that found refreshing results when surveying 2,250 adults 60 and older. Overall perceptions of quality of life, financial plans for retirement, and views of years ahead were generally very positive.

70 percent of these adults said the past year of their lives have been normal or better than normal, and three quarters predicted that their quality of life will remain stable or improve within the next 5 to 10 years. When it came to health, 52% of people age 70 and older expected their health to remain the same and 14% expected their health to improve.

We found these numbers to align perfectly with the attitude we see regularly from our clients through their time with us. Our caregivers form personal relationships and uplift spirits to encourage positive outlooks. We believe that expressing optimism is a wonderful way for the aging to sustain identity, regulate emotions, and focus on sources of pleasure.

Healthy Attitude, Healthy Aging!

August 20, 2012 at 8:09 pm Leave a comment

Inspiration Through These 10 Amazing Centenarians

Just how common is reaching 100 and beyond? It may be more common than it was 100 years ago, but that still doesn’t make it any less amazing. We found this inspirational article written by Michelle Seitzer, senior blogger at that reveals life secrets of 10 centenarians that seem to make the most out of life.

According to The Census Bureau, the U.S. is home to the largest number of centenarians in the world; a total of 72,000. Meet 10 of these truly amazing people:

Rosaria Schielzeth: At the age of 104, Rosaria is currently caring for her 84-year-old daughter who suffers from dementia. Family members say she has “the patience of a saint.”

Nora Hardwick: Baring it all for a charity calendar at the age of 102, Nora posed as “Miss November” and believes her philanthropic lifestyle has proved life-preserving.

Dorrie Aber Noyek: Volunteering is the secret to Dorrie’s longevity, at 105-years-old she was just honored for her 38 years of service at Memorial Regional Hospital.

“The 100+ Club” cast: When two centenarians from this documentary were asked “What’s the secret to a long life?” They responded with “Work hard and don’t complain about it!” and “Just keep breathing. Just keep breathing.” Simple yet such great advice!

Ethel Mathias: At 106 years old, Ethel has seen 19 presidents serve our country and published a book, “The Life of a Centenarian”.

Joe Binder: For several decades, Joe has worked as a valet for a Bronx diner and has loved every minute. At 102, he still enjoys dancing the night away with his 48-year-old girlfriend and has no plan of retiring anytime soon.

Tom Spowart: At 103 and living in Australia, Tom is known for starting sing-a-longs on the bus and engaging in conversation with drivers and passengers.

“Ruth”: Known as one of the best dressed women over the age of 90 in New York City, Ruth is always sharing her beauty secrets and tips! One of her classic and most famous tips is “Don’t look at the calendar, just keep celebrating everyday.”

Dorothy Richards and Marjorie Ruddle: These sweet sisters made the Guiness Book of World Records this June for being the oldest siblings in the world. Dorothy is 108 and Marjorie is 105.

Fauja Singh: At the age of 100, Fauja ran a marathon and demolished records for 100-year-old men in all eight sprinting distances.

AmeriCare Georgia has loved sharing these stories with clients and caregivers, reiterating the importance of living everyday to the fullest!

August 14, 2012 at 2:25 pm Leave a comment

Innovative Alzheimer’s Therapies

As researchers hope to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease by 2025, many creative-and effective Alzheimer’s therapies are starting to get some recognition. While it still remains an incurable disease, these easy-to-do therapies can lessen symptoms, increase function, and improve quality of life.

  1. iPad- Providing customized iPads (lightweight, touchscreen, notepad computers) to residents has become a popular strategy for many eldercare facilities. The devices include puzzles, games that promote a sense of mastery, and medication reminders.
  2. Light therapy- A study provided by Journal of the American Medical Association found that bright lighting improves mood and cognition in older people with memory disorders.
  3. Art therapy- In the 21st century art therapy has become increasingly utilized for Alzheimer’s care. Many art museums are following the Museum of Modern Art in New York and creating after-hours programs giving people with Alzheimer’s the chance to view and create art.
  4. Favorite food therapy- A “comfort centered approach” makes for happier and more peaceful aging loved ones. From chocolates to a small bedtime drink- indulging in food favorites has shown positive health benefits.
  5. Storytelling- A new dementia therapy program called TimeSlips involves showing a photo to a therapy group and asking members to make up a story based on the image. This is a great way for people with memory diseases to share their imaginations and be creative.

No known therapies can permanently reverse the course of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, but encouraging these remedies for your aging loved ones is certainly a step in the right direction!

August 6, 2012 at 6:04 pm Leave a comment

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