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The December Edition | December 14, 2017
Katherine Peters
President & CEO

Message from the President

Greetings friend, and welcome to the December Comfort Connection! 
I was wrong!  In a previous newsletter, I referenced a study that stated eating dark green leafy vegetables will improve your brain health longer. I wrote, “I can’t speak to reversing dementia with a healthy diet, but the evidence is strong when it comes to prevention.”
The latest news is: you can REVERSE dementia!
Several of my readers pointed me to a book called The End of Alzheimer’s by Dale E. Bredesen. The author states Alzheimer’s can be reversed! I am happy to be wrong!
I ordered two copies of the book and gave one copy to my sister-in-law. I mentioned previously my brother was diagnosed with early-onset dementia at the age of 56. That was five years ago. She has started to implement some of the ReCODE protocols in the book. ReCODE stands for Reversing Cognitive Decline. I am hopeful my brother will maintain his current status for a long time, if not improve! ReCODE has successfully treated over 200 people.
I am a strong advocate for diet and lifestyle changes to prevent and reverse disease. So-called "chronic" diseases are only chronic when we chronically follow an unhealthy lifestyle!
We take medication to manage the symptoms instead of getting to the root of the problem, which is so often diet and lifestyle. Type II Diabetes is a prime example of this phenomenon. As I’ve learned, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease also fall into that category. This is mind-blowing, mind-altering information once we get a hold of this. It may take North America years to understand this, especially since the pharmaceutical companies continue to feed us information to the contrary.
I love this quote from Dr. Bredesen’s book regarding the beginning of his work, starting with "patient zero":
“A doctor told his patient, ‘You are just an anecdote; you are not statistically significant.’ To which his patient replied, ‘Well, my family says that I am significant. Besides, I’m healthy once again, so I don’t care about statistics.’”
I encourage you today to become significant, both in your own life and the life of those your care for. Incorporate healthy dark green leafy vegetable into your diet at least once or twice a day. And even though Christmas festivities have begun, don’t let sugar draw you into its seductive force!


Katherine Peters
President & CEO

Caregiving is Not Babysitting

It's not easy for your loved ones to let someone new into their life, especially when they initially think it signifies a loss in their independence.
Take Bev, for example. When Bev began requiring extra help and could no longer take care of daily tasks on her own as a result of dementia, she grew frustrated.
She felt smothered and didn’t like the idea of being “babysat” by a caregiver. Bev was used to being independent for such a long time that it was difficult for her to accept assistance from a professional.
But as she was about to realize, caregiving is very different from "babysitting"...

Click here to read the full story on our blog

Recipe of the Month: Spanish Chickpea & Spinach Stew

Wondering how to get some extra dark leafy greens into your diet so you can prevent and reverse disease... but don't want to eat salads when it's chilly outside?
This Spanish Chickpea & Spinach Stew is the perfect healthy, hearty meal to enjoy as the days get colder!
Cooked spinach wilts quite a bit, so don't be afraid to add extra handfuls of it to the recipe. Who knows -- you might even want to add other kinds of dark leafy greens like kale to the mix, too!
This recipe is "Katherine-approved" except for the added sugar. She suggests adding a few dates for sweetness instead of the sugar to make it even healthier! 

Click here for the recipe

Video: The Healing Power of Hens

The HenPower Project was created in 2011 to combat depression and loneliness among the elderly. It was so successful that now they've taken the show on the road!
The hens visit dementia homes and care homes -- it's incredibly therapeutic for people to simply sit with, hold, and enjoy spending time around the hens.

Click here to watch the video now

Caregiver of the Season

This month's Caregiver of the Season is Rhazel R!
Rhazel is passionate about taking care of her family. Her happy, energetic personality is infectious to those around her! Rhazel has one son and loves to spend her time reading, dancing, and cooking.
A hard worker who is always eager to pick up shifts when needed, Rhazel is known for being very loyal to her clients. She started working at Comforts of Home - Care just over a year ago in November 2016, and has been a wonderful caregiver to many of our clients.
Rhazel takes great pride in her work, and her fun-loving, positive demeanor is enjoyed by all! She is an inspirational source of compassion.
Thank you, Rhazel, for all the work you do!

Joke of the Month

Wisdom about grandparents from 8-year-olds:
"Grandparents have to answer questions like, 'Why isn't God married?' and 'How come dogs chase cats?'"
"Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don't have a television, because they are the only grownups who like to spend time with us."
"Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no little children of their own. They like other people's!"

Source: https://viralhatch.com/index.php/2017/11/05/8-year-olds-write-best-paper-ever-grandparents-priceless/
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