As we age, we start to feel pressure to watch our weight, manage our blood sugar levels and regulate our intake of essential nutrients. However, in trying to tackle these issues, we tend to overlook one of the most integral …read more
As we age, we start to feel pressure to watch our weight, manage our blood sugar levels and regulate our intake of essential nutrients. However, in trying to tackle these issues, we tend to overlook one of the most integral components of our bodies: our joints.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 50 percent of seniors age 65 and older have had arthritis at some point in their lives.1 That’s a significant percentage, especially when you consider how joint pain can limit mobility, worsen mood and contribute to senior isolation.
If you or someone you know is experiencing joint pain, there are many steps you can take today to start improving your symptoms.
This seems counterintuitive when you’re already hurting, but continuing to use your joints will ease your pain in the long run. You’ve probably noticed that sitting still for long periods of time causes stiffness, making it feel like your joints are locked into place. A whole lifetime of sitting at a desk job or participating in sedentary hobbies only compounds the problem.
Instead of succumbing to your joint pain, incorporate these tips into your everyday life:
Sometimes the hardest part of the day is getting out of bed, especially if your knees and back aren’t cooperating. Starting your day off right with a stretching routine can greatly ease your pain. You can do stretches while you’re still in bed or take a warm shower to loosen up before attempting to stretch. Don’t just limit your stretching to the morning, though. Be sure to stretch as part of your warm up before a workout and as part of your cool down right afterward. Stretch one final time before you go to bed.
Whenever you’re doing stretches, move carefully and avoid pushing your joints further than they can go. Start with a partial stretch and ease into a full stretch as your joints and muscles adjust. Consider doing dynamic stretches that get the blood pumping before doing static stretches, like reaching toward your toes.
While you may not feel results from stretching in the short-term, you’ll see a gradual increase in your flexibility over time.
What we consume has a tremendous effect on our bodies. Fortunately, some foods and drinks can help reduce joint pain and strengthen bones, making it easier to stay mobile.
As we age, our cartilage degrades and our joints wear down, leading to a condition called osteoarthritis in which the bones take much of the pressure while you move. This can result in painful bone-on-bone grinding, and chipped or damaged bones. Being overweight increases the risk of developing osteoarthritis by a significant amount. Gaining just one pound can increase the pressure put on your knees by four pounds, which means joints are severely affected when you gain larger amounts of weight.2
Weight gain also increases inflammation in the body. By shedding pounds, you can reduce the swelling plaguing your joints.
The care team at A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab can help patients manage joint pain when they stay with us after recovering from surgery or injury, regaining function after a stroke and much more. Our licensed therapists can guide you through exercises in our rehabilitation gyms, or our aquatic therapy in the pool at our Atlanta location. For more information about our therapy and rehabilitation services, call us today at 877-918-6413.
ATLANTA – On February 1, 2018, Deke Cateau assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer at A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab, one of Atlanta’s oldest nonprofit organizations. A.G. Rhodes provides therapy and rehabilitation services, short-term recovery and long-term care at …read more
ATLANTA – On February 1, 2018, Deke Cateau assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer at A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab, one of Atlanta’s oldest nonprofit organizations. A.G. Rhodes provides therapy and rehabilitation services, short-term recovery and long-term care at three metro Atlanta nursing homes. Cateau brings 15+ years of long-term care industry experience to his position, and has previously served in various leadership roles with A.G. Rhodes – including Chief Operating Officer, Chief of Strategic Implementation, and Administrator of the organization’s flagship location near Grant Park.
A native of Trinidad, which is often referred to as a “plural society,” Cateau was born into a culture of diversity. Sometimes known as a “rainbow island” or, more fondly, a “callaloo” (a dish prepared by blending a variety of ingredients), diversity is the status quo in Trinidad. In his new role, Cateau not only represents that diversity, but also leads a workforce of approximately 600 employees serving more than 1,100 seniors each year – all of whom reflect all walks of life and a wide range of ethnicity and culture.
Cateau inherits a culture of compassion and respect at A.G. Rhodes that’s been ingrained since 1904, where employees treat residents as they would members of their own family. The dedicated workforce takes pride in easing the stress and difficulties that often come with aging.
“I am honored and humbled by this opportunity to serve A.G. Rhodes,” said Cateau. “I am eager and excited to continue the organization’s vision to transform and improve the way we provide care for our aging population.”
As CEO, Cateau is responsible for an operating budget of approximately $40 million. He will continue to guide the organization in its transition to an improved model of care to better serve elders, their families and the community. He draws on experience from his various roles at A.G. Rhodes since 2009, and prior to that, numerous responsibilities with Five Star Quality Care, Inc., a national senior living communities and services provider, and his prior management of a 200-unit continuing care retirement community in Savannah, Ga.
More about Deke Cateau:
In addition to being a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, Deke Cateau is certified by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners as a Certified Dementia Practitioner and a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Care Dementia Trainer. He is also a Certified Eden Alternative Educator and a Certified Virtual Dementia Tour Facilitator for nursing homes. Cateau serves on the Board of Directors for LeadingAge Georgia.
Cateau holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Post Graduate Diploma in International Relations from the University of the West Indies St. Augustine Campus, and a certification in Global Leadership Development from the University of the Virgin Islands.
He has published two articles on long-term care: Act as Though Your Customer is Right, Nursing Homes Magazine, May 2005; and Skilled Nursing Facilities and Hospice Providers: Bridging the Gap, Nursing Homes Magazine, November 2006. In 2014, Cateau won the American College of Health Care Administrators Facility Leadership Award, and he won the Georgia Health Care Association’s Leadership Excellence Award in 2015.
About A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab
A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab is a nonprofit organization providing therapy and rehabilitation services, short-term recovery and long-term care at three metro Atlanta locations in Fulton, Cobb and DeKalb counties. The mission of A.G. Rhodes is to provide expert and compassionate rehabilitation therapy and residential care to seniors in metro Atlanta. As one of Atlanta’s oldest nonprofits and most trusted leaders in senior care, A.G. Rhodes has set the standard for serving an aging community since 1904. For more information, visit www.agrhodes.org.
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Employee Spotlight: Vickie Mathis, CNA From Atlanta, Ga. In September of 1971, at just 19-years-old, Vickie Mathis started what would become a 46-year—and counting—tenure at A.G. Rhodes. “I was so tiny,” recalls Mathis. “I was too short, but I could …read more
Employee Spotlight: Vickie Mathis, CNA
From Atlanta, Ga.
In September of 1971, at just 19-years-old, Vickie Mathis started what would become a 46-year—and counting—tenure at A.G. Rhodes.
“I was so tiny,” recalls Mathis. “I was too short, but I could do the work, and the residents took me under their wing. I felt like I was at home, and I still feel like that.”
Mathis is A.G. Rhodes’ longest serving employee, and to hear her talk about her career, you wouldn’t know she was describing work at all. She speaks with fondness and gratitude about her experiences.
“I love what I do,” says Mathis, who works at A.G. Rhodes’ flagship location near Grant Park. “The best part of my job is the residents that I’m taking care of. I listen to them and I learn from them.”
In her nearly half-century of service at A.G. Rhodes, Mathis has seen many changes throughout the organization. Among them, Mathis started when A.G. Rhodes only operated one nursing home and there wasn’t a rehabilitation department. But one thing has remained constant; Mathis’ love and admiration for the people who stay at A.G. Rhodes.
“When I come to work, I come with love,” says Mathis. “If the residents want something, I try my best to get it for them.”
Mathis says it’s important to get to know the residents, be patient with them and don’t rush through the job.
“Go read to them, water their flowers and keep them company,” says Mathis. “Pay special attention to what makes them feel at home. Give them a smile.”
Mathis also says that residents have unique histories and upbringings, and that it’s important to honor that part of their lives.
“You’d be surprised at their backgrounds,” says Mathis. “Some were doctors, some were school teachers—they all have a past.”
When she’s not working, Mathis enjoys relaxing and spending time with her husband of 27 years, and she has three grown step-children. As for any retirement plans, Mathis says she loves what she does and she’s just taking it day by day.
“This place has been my life,” says Mathis, “I’ve been blessed.”
January 30, 2018
Top 5 Things to Look for in Long-Term Care from A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab As our loved ones age, their care needs can change dramatically from year to year. Although you managed as a family caregiver last year, new …read more
As our loved ones age, their care needs can change dramatically from year to year. Although you managed as a family caregiver last year, new circumstances may make it difficult to cope this year. In these cases, a long-term care option may help keep your loved one healthy and safe while offering you peace of mind and the freedom to pursue your own goals or career. When you and your aging loved one are ready to start looking for the perfect place for them to call home, keep these important criteria in mind.
A senior’s immune system is especially delicate, making them more likely to get sick and more sensitive to dust and grime. If you enter a care community and find that it’s not clean, look for other options.
Your loved one will be relying upon and spending quite a bit of time with the care staff wherever they move. For this reason, it’s important to keep an eye on the caregivers during a visit to a potential care community. Are they happy? Do they treat their residents with respect? Are they open and friendly when you ask questions? Unhappy or rude staff is indicative of a place that is likely unpleasant for residents.
When thinking of long-term care options, there can be some misperceptions that residents who live there will be bored or under-stimulated. This is an unfortunate stereotype that simply isn’t true for most long-term care communities. Many of these communities offer clubs, activities and programming to keep residents active and engaged. When you visit a community, look around to see how engaged the residents are, and factor that into your decision.
Once you’ve seen how happy the residents are, look for the community’s programming schedule. Everyone has unique interests, and an activity schedule full of diverse programming is a good sign that the community has activities tailored for its residents. If your loved one’s activity of choice isn’t on the schedule, staff should be willing to explore ideas that your loved one would enjoy.
No one actually enjoys staying in a hospital long-term, so why should your loved one like living in a care community that looks and feels like a hospital? Remember: each community is a potential new home for your loved one. Does it feel homelike? Ask residents if they are comfortable. Additionally, ask about the quality of food or sample a meal.
Your loved one deserves the very best care, so being selective about their long-term care community only makes sense. While the Atlanta region offers its fair share of nursing care facilities, few can compare to A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab. We pride ourselves on our professionalism and compassion, and take resident and family satisfaction very seriously. If you’d like to learn more about our care options or want to schedule a tour, call us today at 877-918-6413.
Many people, regardless of their age, aren’t comfortable facing their mortality. It can be especially jarring for some seniors, who, after decades of life, love and happiness, now must consider “the end” or their declining health. You and your loved …read more
Many people, regardless of their age, aren’t comfortable facing their mortality. It can be especially jarring for some seniors, who, after decades of life, love and happiness, now must consider “the end” or their declining health. You and your loved ones don’t have to be afraid to have “the talk”, though. People who have already sorted out their affairs often see this process in a positive light, as they are protecting and preserving the future for themselves and their loved ones.
When you begin making a list of your new year’s resolutions, you’ll likely consider tasks you’ve put off for too long that will make you healthier or happier in the long run. That’s why there’s no better resolution for the new year than arranging vital documentation regarding your will and power of attorney. The peace of mind that accompanies finishing such a task will definitely set you up for success for the rest of the year.
The word “affairs” can be misleading for many people. Most adults believe it simply refers to their will and estate, but, in reality, their affairs cover their future healthcare as well. No one plans to fall ill or become disabled, which is exactly why it’s important you sit down now to take care of that paperwork while you’re well.
If the unthinkable happens and you cannot care for yourself or make your own healthcare decisions any longer, designating a loved one such as a spouse, son or daughter as a trusted representative can help ensure they make informed healthcare and insurance decisions for you and fulfill your wishes.
Getting your affairs in order can feel like an overwhelming job, but allowing others to help you and compiling a to-do list can make the task a little more manageable. Before you make any calls or fill out any paperwork, though, you’ll need to collect all your important documents for safekeeping in one secure location. These documents include birth certificates, Social Security cards, contact lists, marriage licenses, wills, tax returns, insurance paperwork and more. In short, if you think it’s of medical, legal or financial significance, it’s best to include it.
Once you’ve created an organized file for all your important documents, you can begin sorting your affairs.
The new year can often mean new care needs for aging adults. If your loved one’s care needs are more than you can provide, or your loved one needs short-term therapy and rehabilitation, A.G. Rhodes can provide the highest quality care to meet their needs. Our nursing staff and therapists are highly trained and friendly, with a passion for fostering health and healing among our residents. Contact us online or call 877-918-6413 to schedule a tour or learn more!
The Perks of Being a Social Butterfly from A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab The Benefits of Being a Social Butterfly as You Age The physical limitations we face as we age can significantly alter the lifestyles we lead. Driving may …read more
The Benefits of Being a Social Butterfly as You Age
The physical limitations we face as we age can significantly alter the lifestyles we lead. Driving may be more difficult. Carrying groceries can be a pain. Fatigue may even lead us to blow off dates with our friends and family. Despite the pain and exhaustion we may feel, it always pays to keep up with friend groups and family members. Find out how being social can improve all areas of senior health.
Conditions such as dementia are caused by a breakdown in the parts of the brain that handle memory and critical thinking. Though dementia is relatively common in the elderly, social stimulation has been proven to stave off the symptoms of dementia and other degenerative mental conditions. Speaking with loved ones, reminiscing on old memories and playing games with others can ensure seniors keep using the neural pathways associated with memory and cognition, making these pathways stronger and less likely to break down.
It’s no secret our friends make us happy, but aside from the occasional laughing fit and meaningful conversation, we often don’t consider how our friends can impact us even after they’ve gone home. Interacting with family and friends can boost your elderly loved one’s mood and quality of life overall. Staying connected can also stave off loneliness by creating a feeling of belonging and appreciation.
Regular interaction with friends can even improve your aging loved one’s physical health. The happiness they feel from being social can reduce their blood pressure, inflammation and pain resulting from conditions like osteoporosis, arthritis and depression. A little chit-chat with pals can even help boost your loved one’s immune system and energy, keeping them healthier for longer.
How Should Seniors Stay Socially Active?
There are numerous ways they can interact with others and reap the benefits of social connections. Regular outings with friends help get your loved one up and out of the house, while long phone calls can prove mentally stimulating. Help them learn a new technology or join a social media network to connect with even more friends and family members. If they want an even wider social circle, joining a hobby class or volunteering are great ways for them to meet people with similar interests.
Although aging adults are at risk of loneliness and all the negative side effects that accompany it, making regular dates with friends can prove invaluable to improving all aspects of their health. Adults with full-time care needs can find a community at Atlanta’s own A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab. As they receive help with everyday tasks from our highly-trained nursing staff, your loved one can enjoy the active and exciting lifestyle we have to offer. From outings to clubs and more, there’s something for everyone at A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab. Contact us at 877-918-6413 to schedule your tour of our beautiful community today!