Shenandoah Terrace November 2017 Newsletter

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Around New Market

If you’re already familiar with New Market, you probably know that it’s a wonderful place to spend the holidays. From the lingering fall foliage that makes Thanksgiving beautiful to the occasional New Year’s snow, the whole Valley will be scenic and festive in the upcoming months.

One of the best ways to enjoy our lovely location is by visiting the annual ‘Tis the Season Holiday Celebration. This festival brings together locals and visitors for a day full of fun, seasonal activities. In previous years, the Celebration has featured open houses at local businesses, choral concerts, a parade, and the town’s tree lighting ceremony.
The Town of New Market will announce detailed plans for this year’s event soon. But, we can already tell you that it will be held on December 2, 2017, and that it’s sure to be a good time! Whether you’re a New Market local or just getting to know our community, we hope to see you there.

For updates on ‘Tis the Season and other upcoming events, please visit or connect with the town on Facebook.


Resident Announcement

A very warm welcome to our new residents:
Barbara P. & James J.

 You may be gone from my sight,
but you are never gone from my heart.
In Memory of
Helen MacKenzie & Lilliard Hilliard

Activity Spotlight: Tossing games

Many of our residents have a difficult time standing for significant periods of time, but that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy physical activity. To keep them moving in a way that’s still comfortable, we often introduce games that residents can play while seated. Ring toss and bean bag toss were crowd pleasers on a recent October morning.
By using big, inflatable targets for both activities, our staff made it easy for everyone to see the targets and participate. You’ll notice that the tossing rings were also inflatable and quite large. Rings like these are easy to pick up and hold, and light to toss. Many players hit the target!
The beanbag game was even more playful. Its targets were the holes in a pretend wedge of cheese. The bean bags? They featured pictures of mice. Residents had the benefit of a little exercise from throwing the bean bags, and were amused by the cute mouse-and-cheese design. Our staff liked playing alongside the residents, and had a great time watching them interact and enjoy themselves.

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Important Reminders for Flu Season

Why should people get vaccinated against the flu?
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. CDC estimates that flu-related hospitalizations since 2010 ranged from 140,000 to 710,000, while flu-related deaths are estimated to have ranged from 12,000 to 56,000. During flu season, flu viruses circulate at higher levels in the U.S. population. (“Flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May.) An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with seasonal flu and spreading it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.

HOW do flu vaccines Work?
Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine.
The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. Traditional flu vaccines (called “trivalent” vaccines) are made to protect against three flu viruses; an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and an influenza B virus. There are also flu vaccines made to protect against four flu viruses (called “quadrivalent” vaccines). These vaccines protect against the same viruses as the trivalent vaccine and an additional B virus.

The flu shot: The viruses in the flu shot are killed (inactivated), so you cannot get the flu from a flu shot. Some minor side effects that may occur are:
Soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given
Fever (low grade)

Celebrating the Holidays with Memory Care Residents

For many of us, the winter holidays are centered around festive times with family and friends. These times can bring great joy, but also can be overwhelming, no matter who you are! Individuals with dementia can be especially affected by seasonal stress. Visitors, activities, and gatherings may add to the confusion and disorientation that is already a part of their lives.
Still, there are ways to include loved ones with dementia in holiday fun while trying to minimize difficult experiences. We hope you’ll keep the following tips in mind in the coming months! Here’s to a calm, therapeutic season.
1. Our most important tip: do not expect to visit the same person you once knew. Dementia brings about many changes, some of which occur in a brief amount of time. Memory, reasoning abilities, and thought processes can change from visit to visit. Do your best to go with the flow.
2. Ask staff when your loved one is at their best and try to schedule your visits for those times. Visit one-on-one or in small groups. Too many visitors at once can cause anxiety or overwhelm people with dementia.
3. Don’t say “Do you remember?” Unfortunately, they rarely do.
4. Don’t take mean or unkind things they say personally. Try to remember that the disease is doing the talking in bad moments. Unpleasant words are often prompted by feelings of anger, frustration, or fear.
5. Talk with your loved one, not at them. Speak slowly, clearly and in short sentences, avoiding difficult and complex words.
6. Share and discuss stories from the past. That’s where dementia sufferers feel comfortable. Childhood memories of holidays, gifts, and traditions are good topics to try.
7. Do not argue or point out mistakes. Validation is best! Don’t spend precious moments quibbling about who is right or wrong.
8. Give loved ones extra time to answer questions. Their thought processes have slowed, and they may need time to catch up to the things you say. Be okay with silence. Sometimes, your presence is just as comforting as any conversation.
9. Respect is key. Don’t speak too loudly – just because a person has dementia does not mean they are deaf. Strive to make eye contact and speak at their eye level, be positive, and truly listen. Don’t interrupt and be sure to smile – it’s contagious!
10. Finally, try to relax and find things to enjoy in your time together. Kindness, hugs, and laughter are universal languages.

Volunteering at Shenandoah Terrace

Are you looking for a way to make a difference in your life and the lives of others? We could use you as a volunteer at the Terrace! It doesn’t take a special skill or stunning talent to brighten the days of our residents. All you need is a little time, a little patience, and a willing heart.
We’d love to discuss ways that you could share some kindness with our community. Please contact Melissa at 540-740-8600 for more information or to get started as a volunteer. We appreciate your consideration and hope to talk with you soon!