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Brought to you by Dr. Scott Johnson - Oregon Hearing Solutions - HEARING CARE INSIDER -


OREGON HEARING SOLUTIONS - Dr. Scott JohnsonMay is Better Hearing & Speech Month, and Dr. Scott Johnson of Oregon Hearing Solutions is partnering with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to help educate the general public and promote safe listening habits.

In honor of the month-long advocacy campaign, Dr. Johnson will also offer hearing aid product demonstrations absolutely free of charge. If you’ve considered buying a hearing aid before, or want to experience the quality and clarity of today’s personal sound-amplifying devices, now is the time to visit.

Of special concern to Dr. Johnson is the increasing danger faced by the world’s young people. A new study released by the World Health Organization reports that 1.1 billion children risk hearing loss due to unsafe listening habits.

Noise-induced hearing loss is entirely preventable—but it’s also irreversible. Parents can help prevent hearing loss by limiting headphone usage to one or two hours a day, enforcing “listening breaks,” keeping the volume on MP3 players below the halfway point and modeling good listening behaviors themselves.

“Parents who have any concern about their child’s hearing should schedule a hearing evaluation immediately,” Dr. Johnson says. “Early treatment can help prevent or mitigate many of the negative repercussions from hearing loss, so it is critical that parents not delay.”

Concerned parents can find more information online at www.identifythesigns.org. To schedule a hearing test appointment or for a free product demo, call or stop by Oregon Hearing Solutions today!

Oregon Hearing Solutions

21323 SW Sherwood Blvd, Sherwood, Oregon 97140

(503) 625-4111

www.oregonhearing.com

Brought to you by Marcie Jones - Gentog - SENIOR DAYTIME RESPITE CARE INSIDER -


GENTOG - Marcie JonesWhen you are caring for someone with dementia, they will sometimes react in an angry or aggressive way. As their caregivers, it’s up to us to figure out the trigger for the behavior in order to make things better.

Much like when infants cry, first think about the obvious. Are they in pain or physically uncomfortable (wet/soiled)? Are they uncomfortable with the noise level, the temperature or the amount of activity going on right now? Fix the problem, and hopefully the mood will shift.

But what if they are reacting to how they perceive you? An angry tone or even a stern face can trigger aggression in someone with dementia.

National expert on dementia care Teepa Snow teaches that caregivers need to practice five simple phrases that will acknowledge the person with dementia, accept responsibility, diffuse the situation and restore positive energy.

I’m sorry. I was trying to help.

I’m sorry. I made you upset.

I’m sorry the way I spoke made you feel bad.

I’m sorry that happened!

I’m sorry. This is HARD.

Any of these, spoken in a soft, kind voice, can do the trick. Next time you’re faced with anger from your loved one, take a deep breath and try one of these phrases. “I’m sorry” may be just the magic phrase that you need!!

To read more about dementia care, check out my blog at www.gentog.com.

Gentog

11535 SW Durham Rd #C5, Tigard, OR 97224

(503) 639-2600

www.gentog.com

Brought to you by Marcie Jones - Gentog - SENIOR DAYTIME RESPITE CARE INSIDER -


GENTOG - Marcie JonesOne of the ways I have navigated the care for my parents without feeling alone is by using Facebook. You may think of Facebook as just a silly program on the computer that kids use to gossip and overshare. I recognized the true value of Facebook as I reflected on two separate incidents with my parents.

Twelve years ago, my father had an accident that nearly killed him. That day, as I stood by my mom and worried that my dad would die from his injuries, I desperately needed to reach out to my siblings. They all live far away – and in three very different time zones (California, Virginia and Germany). Getting in touch with each of them and re-telling the story each time, was emotionally draining. They worried and wanted to be updated often, and that was not easy with poor cell reception and odd hours. I felt scared and disconnected, and I felt like all of the responsibility of care rested on my shoulders.

Two years ago my mother was diagnosed with lymphoma. I remember the dread that I felt and that intense need to connect with my siblings immediately. This time I was able to type in the news quickly –just once – and within minutes everyone knew what was happening and began supporting each other. Research began, and was shared. Calendars were checked, travel plans were made. Everyone knew who was flying in to help. Throughout the months of care, we all stay connected daily. Whoever was caring for the folks, kept the others updated. We faced the challenge together as a family, and we used Facebook messaging as our main avenue of communication.

The crisis is past (mom is in remission), but we continue to stay connected daily through Facebook. We share news of kids and grandkids, jobs and health challenges. We share family photos and funny quotes and ideas of all kinds. Sometimes we share publicly so all of our friends can see…sometimes we cry together in private discussions. That’s the beauty of Facebook – so many ways to communicate using just one tool.

As a caregiver, you are often isolated. Facebook is one way to stay connected with the people that you love…and that can make all the difference in the world.

"To read about other ways to use social media as a caregiver, check out my blog at www.gentog.com."

Gentog

11535 SW Durham Rd #C5, Tigard, OR 97224

(503) 639-2600

www.gentog.com

Brought to you by Dr. Scott Johnson - Oregon Hearing Solutions - HEARING INSIDER -


OREGON HEARING SOLUTIONS - Dr. Scott JohnsonHearing loss—the third most common physical ailment after arthritis and heart disease—affects over 48 million Americans. By age 65, more than a third of us experience some form of auditory impairment.

But despite its widespread presence, far too many hearing loss cases go untreated. In fact, more than two-thirds of those with hearing loss do not currently use a hearing aid. A new study, however, warns that untreated hearing loss may increase the risk of developing dementia.

Dr. Frank Lin, an otologist at Johns Hopkins University, released a study this January showing that the mental abilities of seniors with hearing loss degrade 30 to 40 percent faster than those with normal hearing.

The study tracked 2,000 men and women age 75 to 84 for six years. Those with hearing loss experienced increased difficulty with their memory and concentration.

Let’s be clear: just because you have hearing loss doesn’t mean you’re automatically going to develop dementia. In fact, there’s no direct evidence that hearing loss causes dementia, just that the two are connected.

But as an audiologist, I have seen firsthand how auditory impairment isolates individuals, breaking down the lines of communication between co-workers, family, and friends. Numerous other studies correlate loneliness and disengagement with dementia as well.

This is one of the many reasons why it’s more important than ever to treat hearing loss. Visit me at Oregon Hearing Solutions for your professional consultation today.

Oregon Hearing Solutions

21323 SW Sherwood Blvd, Sherwood, Oregon 97140

(503) 625-4111

www.oregonhearing.com

Brought to you by Marcie Jones - Gentog - RETIREMENT INSIDER -


GENTOG - Marcie JonesMany families in America now face having to care for a loved one with dementia.  Families are often separated by many miles, and the burden of care falls to one sibling more than the others.  This can be a tough dynamic.  Without good communication and a lot of love, this can be a disaster that separates siblings.  But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you are the child that lives several states away, you can still help! Here are some ideas of how:

- Schedule your vacations around Mom and Dad for now.  Maybe not every vacation, but at least once or twice a year spend some time with them.  Give your sibling a few days off while you take on the daily care.

- Call regularly.  Yes, I mean call every day.  Make it a habit to call Mom on your way to work.  Carry your cell phone on your evening walk and call then.  Listen closely, support your parents emotionally.  Let you know that you love them and have time for them.  And if you hear something different, pay attention.  You can be a caregiving partner from a distance if you stay in touch.

- Call your sibling regularly too.  Check in at least weekly to see how they are doing.  Do they need anything?  Do they need to bounce around ideas?  Do they just need to complain a little?  Listen, be supportive.

- The best gift my sister-in-law has ever given me were the words “You are the one that is there.  Whatever you decide, we’ll support.”  I AM the one that is here, and I see the day-to-day.  So I am the one that will likely make the decisions.  But it will be so much easier to do so knowing that my siblings have my back.

- Pray for us.  We need strength.  We need courage.  We need patience.  We need faith.  We need wisdom to make the right decisions.  Pray for those things.

Simply put?  If you can’t be beside us physically, be there for us emotionally.  We may be the designated caregiver, but this is definitely a family project.

Gentog

11535 SW Durham Rd #C5, Tigard, OR 97224

(503) 639-2600

http://www.gentog.com

Brought to you by Dr. Scott Johnson - Oregon Hearing Solutions - HEARING LOSS INSIDER -


OREGON HEARING SOLUTIONS - Dr. Scott JohnsonWhile disease, injury, and genetics can all lead to hearing loss, another primary reason most Americans lose their hearing stems from their continued exposure to loud noises.

Loud sound waves can damage or destroy any number of the 20,000 miniscule hairs inside each ear. That damage is permanent, but there is a way to augment and improve your hearing—visit Dr. Scott Johnson at Oregon Hearing Solutions.

With a doctorate degree in audiology from Arizona School of Health Sciences, Dr. Johnson has spent the last twenty-eight years helping individuals with hearing loss improve their sense of hearing.

At Oregon Hearing Solutions, he provides VIP customer service to all of his patients, including free continued care and batteries with every hearing aid purchase, cutting-edge technology from the nine top manufacturers, three-year warranties on all models, and the lowest price—guaranteed.

Dr. Johnson says the best part of his job is the satisfaction he gains from helping people improve their lives. “Hearing loss makes you miss out on so much, but with proper help, you’ll be amazed by how much more you are experiencing.”

Dr. Johnson and his wife Amy have lived in Sherwood for twelve years. They have two beautiful daughters, Clair & Hannah. As a proud supporter of the Bowmen, Dr. Johnson continues to sponsor athletics at Sherwood High School and is also an active member of the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce. To learn more about Dr. Johnson and Oregon Hearing Solutions, visit their website or find them on Facebook, Twitter, or Yelp.

Oregon Hearing Solutions

21323 SW Sherwood Blvd, Sherwood, Oregon 97140

(503) 625-4111

www.oregonhearing.com

Brought to you by Marcie Jones and Murt Bickett, Gentog - ASSISTED LIVING INSIDERS


Marcie Jones and Murt Bicket, GentogGentog stands for “generations together,” which represents the philosophy of intergenerational daycare — a space for both children and elderly.

“We provide daily care to seniors and to children,” says Marcie Jones, one of the founders, “and in doing so we serve the middle generations responsible for them.”

Jones and co-founder Murt Bickett were inspired to start Gentog based on Bickett’s love of children and Jones’ experience working with the elderly. After attending workshops from others who specialize in intergenerational programs, they opened Gentog in April 2008 with four staff members.

The Tigard location serves more than 125 families, including about 30 children and 30 seniors each day. They now employ 22 people, including childcare and elder care experts.

The seniors include people with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, MS, and people recovering from strokes, cancer, and other diseases. Gentog provides nutrition, medication reminders, and hygiene assistance.

Children from infants to 5-year-olds are accepted for the childcare program.

The children and seniors each have their own suite of rooms, and the two groups join in a central room several times a day for crafts, music, and other activities. There is also an outdoor space where children can play and the seniors can watch from the comfort of easy chairs.

“You know how often a child will call out ‘Watch me!’” says Jones. “In this setting there is always someone there to watch and cheer and laugh.”

Bickett and Jones live their Christian faith through their belief that multigenerational interaction keeps people of all ages happier and healthier.

Gentog

11535 SW Durham Rd., #C5

Tigard

503-639-2600

http://www.gentog.com

Brought to you by Marcie Jones - Gentog - ASSISTED LIVING INSIDER -


GENTOG - Marcie JonesMany families in America now face having to care for a loved one with dementia. Families are often separated by many miles, and the burden of care falls to one sibling more than the others. This can be a tough dynamic. Without good communication and a lot of love, this can be a disaster that separates siblings. But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you are the child that lives several states away, you can still help! Here are some ideas of how:

- Schedule your vacations around Mom and Dad for now. Maybe not every vacation, but at least once or twice a year spend some time with them. Give your sibling a few days off while you take on the daily care.

- Call regularly. Yes, I mean call every day. Make it a habit to call Mom on your way to work. Carry your cell phone on your evening walk and call then. Listen closely, support your parents emotionally.

Let you know that you love them and have time for them. And if you hear something different, pay attention. You can be a caregiving partner from a distance if you stay in touch.

- Call your sibling regularly too. Check in at least weekly to see how they are doing. Do they need anything? Do they need to bounce around ideas? Do they just need to complain a little? Listen, be supportive.

- The best gift my sister-in-law has ever given me were the words “You are the one that is there. Whatever you decide, we’ll support.” I AM the one that is here, and I see the day-to-day. So I am the one that will likely make the decisions. But it will be so much easier to do so knowing that my siblings have my back.

- Pray for us. We need strength. We need courage. We need patience. We need faith. We need wisdom to make the right decisions. Pray for those things.

Simply put?  If you can’t be beside us physically, be there for us emotionally.  We may be the designated caregiver, but this is definitely a family project.

Gentog

11535 SW Durham Rd #C5, Tigard, OR 97224

(503) 639-2600

www.gentog.com


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