Resource Playground

What will you find here?

We hope you’ll find this page informative and fun. We intend to pack it with provocative, relevent resources. You’ll find a list of agencies and non-profits we think you can’t live without. As this page develops, there will be current podcasts, videos and  articles to inform and delight you. Check out our page of Affirmations, where we introduce you to some positive self-talk, or our Learning Center, where we post our discoveries of classes for empowering our caregivers.

The Ohana Home Health website mission is to support your mind, body and spirit. If we hear of new studies to improve  memory, or a great podcast on nutrition, we’ll post links on this page. If we think it might make you smile, we’ll slip it in here, like say, this Youtube video of happy dogs at the beach.

We love to share and hope you’ll share some of your discoveries too. Send them to ohanahomehealth@gmail.com and write “Resource playground” in the subject.

Story time. Whether homebound and on the mend or simply in love with a well-told story, The Moth is a podcast worth checking out. Real people telling true stories to an audience. This story is one we loved about a young man who proclaims his family makes terrible soldiers.

NPR’s show, “On Being,” ran a meaningful and inspired story in March about a gentleman dealing with ALS in superior and spiritual way. Listen to the interview in it’s entirety by clicking on the unedited version.

 Food For Thought: Features and documents to enlighten you

There’s a new resource for folks living with disabilities. Aloha Independent Living Hawaii (AILH) is a recently established grass roots 501 (c)(3) non profit organization whose mission is to provide independent living programs and services for persons with disabilities in Hawaii. Contact Julia for more information: 808-652-6092.

Everyday is a good day to hear W.S. Merwin read one of his poems. If you have one minute to spare, this little gem will last you the rest your day. Merwin reads his poem ‘Rain Light.’

Lifestyle changes are often more effective in reducing the rates of heart disease, hypertension, heart failure, stroke, diabetes and cancer than almost every other form of medical intervention. This 4-minute video sheds light on all that doctor’s don’t know about nutrition.

And while we are on the subject, check out an article on “Worksite Wellness Challenge” we were included in for The Garden Island newspaper.

Geriatrics For Caregivers is a site run by geriatrician, Dr. Leslie Kernisan. The post on her blog titled, “4 Things to Try When Your Elderly Parent Seems Irrational” has practical advice for dealing with stress in a parent. It’s solid advice for dealing with most people in fact. The entire site is worth investigating.

More evidence of how a pet can improve the health of seniors. Or enjoy a video of what San Diego Hospice is doing with their Pawsitive Pals Program. If you know someone who is ill or homebound and you have a sweet, gentle dog, consider popping in for a “pawsitive” moment.

Dehydration in our elders can be difficult to detect. Here are a few signs of elderly dehydration:

Signs may include:

  • Confusion
  • Difficulty walking
  • Dizziness or headaches
  • Dry mouth
  • Sunken eyes
  • Inability to sweat or produce tears
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Low blood pressure
  • Low urine output
  • Constipation

If you suspect dehydration in an elderly loved one, you can check for a decrease in skin turgor by pulling up the skin on the back of the hand for a few seconds; if it does not return to normal almost immediately, the person is dehydrated. Learn more at A Place for Mom.

Consumer Health Choices provides reports and videos to help you make informed decisions about medical conditions, ranging from tests and treatments to drugs and supplements. Researched and well-founded answers to medical questions, for example: Is it necessary to have mercury fillings replaced by your dentist? When is a bone density scan necessary?

This is an interesting site empowering people to make better decisions when faced with the confusing world of medicine. Choosing Wisely is the website, and this link will take you to a list of tests consumers should be informed of when making a decision.

Need some immediate assistance? Contact agencies and resources close to home.

 

Links to connect you statewide.

The USAA website provides a readable 101 on Medicare and supplemental insurance. Or see their “Medicare at a Glance” chart for a clear picture of what Medicare covers. You do not have to be USAA member to appreciate how well presented this material is for the lay person.

Do you have an Advance Directive? No matter your age or health, this is a wise document to fill out for all of us.

3 Square Meals is a resource for senior citizens and their families as they plan healthy meals to achieve peak health.

Here’s a food website with simple and healthy recipes. Heidi Swanson posts recipes from or inspired by her favorite cookbooks.

In October AARP hosted a workshop one of our team attended. Kauai Hospice director, Lori Miller, presented on “Five Wishes,” a way to document end of life desires with specificity and soul. Well worth the read.

Considering 80% of long-term care is provided by family members, information is key to sanity and success. The Family Caregiver Alliance has a fabulous website where you can find support and education.

We are blessed to have an Elder Resource publication homegrown on Kauai. Founder, Chris Bothmer compiles resourceful and soulfully satisfying content for our kupuna and their caregivers.

Spirit Lifters: Features to Cheer You

One more reason to indulge in a bit of chocolate; a Harvard study with some sweet news.

Improve balance by learning seated exercises. This 10-minute video leads you through a series of leg strengtheners. The class is led by Anne Burness, who has a website devoted to strengthening senior citizens.

How do you want to age? Let this 90 year-old show you how it’s done.

Give a listen to Bill Withers, “Lean On Me,” our dedication to you.

Story time: If reading is difficult, allow the pros to read to you. New Yorker magazine has a live reading of their short fiction, like this story read by author Paul Theroux: “The Letter Writers,” by British writer, Elizabeth Taylor.

Hear how one family improved communication with with a mother afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease. “Magic Words”  aired on NPR’s “This American Life,” a story telling show with multiple writers responding to the same theme. The story on Alzheimer’s is in Act II titled, “Rainy Days and Mondys.”

Kauai Ocean Recreation Experience, known as KORE hosts activities that revolve around a one-Saturday-a-month Beach Day at Black Pot Beach in Hanalei (right between the pier and river mouth), where highly skilled and trained volunteers assist people of all ages, shapes, sizes and ability levels to access the beach and safely get back into the ocean.

 

National

Check out the resource page at the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN), which is the unified voice of the Parkinson’s community advocating for better treatments and a cure. In partnership with other Parkinson’s organizations and a powerful grassroots network, PAN educates the public and government leaders on better policies for research and an improved quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s.

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