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5 Outdoor Decorations for the Fall

When the cold weather begins to set in and the long summer days are suddenly getting shorter, you know that fall on its way. The fall season is full of vibrant reds, yellows, oranges, and natural elements. While you’re surrounded by the beautiful landscapes, take your outdoor areas to the next level. If you’re feeling lost, try these ideas to create a fall oasis in your front or back yard.

fall wreath

1. Wreath

Making a great first impression is important, don’t let your front door be an exception! A wreath can create a welcoming feel to guests as they are approaching your home. Take the opportunity to create a homemade leaf or glorious gourd wreath with some inspiration from Pinterest. Whatever direction you’re headed, create a fall feeling every day when you arrive home.

welcome mat

2.Outdoor Welcome Mat

This easy touch of personalization for your front porch can add a lot to your outdoor décor. There are many welcome mats that will compliment your fall feeling that can be found at Target, Home Goods, Lowes, and even Amazon! Don’t let the feeling of being “overly festive” stop you from rolling out the welcome mat for friends and family.

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3.Pumpkins, many, many pumpkins!

Pumpkins are the symbol of the season which means they need a special place in your fall décor. Take this opportunity to involve your family by partaking in an annual pumpkin carving night! Have everyone gather, sip a bit of apple cider, and tell spooky stories. Using pumpkins as a decoration doesn’t need to stop at one single pumpkin near your front door, build you own pumpkin patch. Take an afternoon to find the big, small, and, cute pumpkins to display, they come in a variety colors and are the perfect seasonal decor!

decorative barrel

4. Barrels

Choosing a wooden barrel for your décor will add a rustic feel to the front entrance of your home. The best part is, it can be continuously updated for seasonality! You can transform it into a large flower pot, to be on display for the neighborhood. Filling it with beautiful Pansy’s, Chrysanthemum’s, or Helenium’s. Rich beautiful fall colors will boost your porch this fall, add a few pumpkins or gourds will solidify theme.

fall garland

5. Fun Fall Garland

Taking a piece of décor that is typically associated with the December Holiday season and putting an autumn twist on it will make the front of you house pop! Wrap leaves around your handrails, and door frame will create that fall feelin’ everyone is craving! Make it glow in the evenings by adding purple and orange lights for an illuminated doorway!

Even though end of the year decorating is typically associated with the December holidays, don’t be afraid to take fall seriously. These months are all about the colors, scents, and warm feeling that comes when autumn rolls around. Enjoy it, cherish it, and start decorating!

Spice Up Your Life With These 10 Fall Scents

Spice Up Your Life With These 10 Fall Scents

Don’t you agree that Fall has a certain smell to it? Whether you’re walking through the mall and catch a light fragrance from Yankee Candle or taking a walk on a cool day and breathe in the crisp fall air! As Summer leaves, the variety of Fall smells brings back memories and generates excitement for the coming Season. The Fall is full of fun activities like baking sweet treats and spending time with loved ones. Start this season off right with a variety of scents throughout your home, car, office, or holiday soirée! Bringing these scents into your home will establish a consistent feeling of warmth and happiness!

  1. Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin
  2. Pumpkin Spice
  3. Apple Cinnamon
  4. Apple Cider
  5. Pecan Pie
  6. Pumpkin Chai
  7. Sandalwood
  8. Bonfire
  9. Brown Sugar Vanilla
  10. Anything Leaves, Flannel, Outdoor Scent
autumn leaves in the mountains firepit
fall candle autumn table decorations

After reading over this list, a few of these scents might bring back some of your favorite Fall and Winter memories. Don’t wait to head over to the closest HomeGoods, Target, or Bath and Body Works to pick up your favorite scent before it’s gone!

Find Yourself at a Fair This Year!

Find Yourself at a Fair This Year!

Everything You Need to Know about Your Local Fair

Close your eyes, imagine yourself surrounded by smiling people, glowing multi-colored lights that are blinking in sync, and the smell of sweet dough and confectionary sugar traveling through your nostrils. Where are you standing? At the Fair! The yearly event that is full of fried everything (Have you ever tried a fried Oreo?), award winning livestock, culinary delights and all the fun you can handle in one day. Growing up, many people associated the transitioning seasons with the excitement of the fair which was just a few weeks away.

The fair is a world of wonders waiting to be explored. Walking through the bustling paths, stalls and booths you’ll hear vendors yelling about their unique procession hidden behind the curtains, trying to rope you in. The temptation to see the World’s Largest Horse, a five-legged sheep, a snake child, a 500 pound pumpkin and more sparks your curiosity to spend those tickets!

Fair food is on a whole other level. Many attend the fair for the food alone since you can get a variety of culinary treats and the staple of fair food.. fried anything! You can find yourself looking over a menu that reads: Fried Mac and Cheese, Fried Oreos, Turkey Legs, Frito Pie, etc. There are very few places you are going to be able to find a fried PB & J French Toast sandwich or grilled frog legs! Try something new for your palate, tantalize your senses! Don’t forget to cool off with an ice-cold lemonade or fried Kool-Aid!

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smiles at the fair

The screams, laughs, smiles and awe are where you find amusement rides for every age and every level of thrill seeker! Ensuring that you hit all of the classics is must, do not miss the carousel just because you think you’re too old for it. The Ferris Wheel is the most whimsical experience – it gives you the best view of the entire fairgrounds while having a moment for yourself with friends and loved ones! Fairs are notorious for creating an antigravity experience, no strapping in, just trusting the way gravity and motion work.. just hold on to your stomach.

If you’re thinking about going to the Fair for the first time, it is a must do experience. Being able to enjoy all the fun things that it has to offer is something you can’t compare to anywhere else!

South Carolina State Fair: October 10 – 21, 2018
The Most Popular Songs 1940-1980

Do You Know What Song Was Most Popular During the Year You Were Born? 1940-1980

Music is the universal language that keeps everyone across every continent connected — which makes it incredibly important! Something to hold onto are the songs that helped shaped our lives. We can be taken back into the past with just one chord!

So, let’s travel back in time and see what songs were popular when you were born:

1940: “I’ll Never Smile Again” – Tommy Dorsey
1941: “Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy)” – Benny Goodman and Helen Forrest
1942: “Moonlight Cocktail” – Glenn Miller
1943: “I’ve Heard That Song Before” – Harry James and Helen Forrest
1944: “Swinging On A Star” – Bing Crosby
1945: “Sentimental Journey” – Les Brown and Doris Day
1946: “The Gypsy” – The Ink Spots
1947: “Heartaches” – Ted Weems
1948: “Mañana (Is Soon Enough For Me)” – Peggy Lee
1949: “Riders In The Sky” – Vaughn Monroe
1950: “Goodnight Irene” – Gordon Jenkins and The Weavers
1951: “Too Young” – Nat King Cole
1952: “Blue Tango” – Leroy Anderson
1953: “Song From Moulin Rouge” – Percy Faith
1954: “Little Things Mean A Lot” – Kitty Kallen
1955: “Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White” – Perez Prado
1956: “Heartbreak Hotel” – Elvis Presley
1957: “All Shook Up” – Elvis Presley
1958: “Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu)” – Domenico Modugno
1959: “The Battle Of New Orleans” – Johnny Horton
1960: “Theme From ‘A Summer Place’” – Percy Faith
1961: “Tossin’ And Turnin” – Bobby Lewis
1962: “Stranger On The Shore” – Mr. Acker Bilk
1963: “Sugar Shack” — Jimmy Gilmer and The Fireballs
1964: “I Want To Hold Your Hand” — The Beatles
1965: “Wooly Bully” – Sam The Sham and The Pharaohs
1966: “The Ballad Of The Green Berets” – Sgt. Barry Sadler
1967: “To Sir With Love” – Lulu
1968: “Hey Jude” — The Beatles
1969: “Sugar, Sugar” — The Archie’s
1970: “Bridge Over Troubled Water” — Simon and Garfunkel
1971: “Joy to the World” — Three Dog Night
1972: “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face” — Roberta Flack
1973: “Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree” — Tony Orlando and Dawn
1974: “The Way We Were” — Barbra Streisand
1975: “Love Will Keep Us Together” — Captain & Tennille
1976: “Silly Love Songs” — Paul McCartney & Wings
1977: “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)” — Rod Stewart
1978: “Shadow Dancing” — Andy Gibb
1979: “Call Me” – Blondie
1980: “Bette Davis Eyes” – Kim Carnes
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No one knows what your song is, but these are just as timeless as you are, trust us! Music is a beautiful time capsule that keeps us connected and is a constant reminder of what happened in the past, reminding us of how precious time is. There are beautiful memories attached to all of these songs and more. Your memories have shaped your life — being able to look back and pinpoint it through a specific song is special.

Living With Alzheimer's

Living With Alzheimer’s

Life with Alzheimer’s can make everyday tasks increasingly difficult. Accepting that there are things that are out of your control and having friends, family and resources available can provide more supportive environment as your loved one stages through Alzheimer’s. Those with Alzheimer’s, and their family/friends, may try and cover up difficulties to avoid embarrassment for themselves. Trying to cover up difficulties and ‘faking it’ can lead to a lot of errors and become a source of excess stress. Implementing consistency by setting daily goals, executing wellness routines, and having a strong network around you may help reduce stress and maximize independence to live a meaningful life.

Setting Realistic Goals

Take the time to set realistic goals and focus on what you’re able to do today. Some tasks may become too difficult for your loved one, even with a reminder. Take the time to:

1. Identify what you’re able to do and enlist family, friends or a care partner to help assume responsibilities. This will help to reduce stress and accomplish important tasks.

2. Prioritize tasks to determine if they are necessary.

3. Strategize and find a solution that works best for you to accomplish your end result.

goal setting
Credit: Alzheimer’s Association

Health and Wellness

In our previous article (Action Plan for Living With Alzheimer’s), putting together a care plan with family, friends, doctors and caretakers provides a network of supportive individuals committed to caring for you or your loved one. This should be one of the first steps that you take when planning for the future.

Creating a healthy lifestyle can assist your loved one in living well with Alzheimer’s for as long as possible. Maintain physical health by establishing a routine for diet and exercise, getting regular checkups, and monitoring any health changes. Research suggests that mild to moderate physical activity may help or slow a decline in thinking skills, reduce stress and symptoms of depression. Exercising both your body and mind are essential.

Mental stimulation, whether learning new information, reading and challenging yourself in a hobby, can increase your brain activity. While it’s not proven to deter symptoms/signs it’s beneficial for your physical health and mental well-being.

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Making a Successful Transition into Alzheimer's Care

Making a Successful Transition into Alzheimer’s Care

Determine a Plan, Choose a Memory Care Provider

Once the options for short and long term Alzheimer’s care have been evaluated, it’s time to determine a plan and choose a care provider. When choosing your provider, it’s essential to ensure that they will meet basic needs and provide a safe environment for you or your loved one.

To begin assessing care needs, identify where assistance is needed and if the person is able to perform Activities of Daily Living. Activities of Daily Living or “ADLs” include eating, bathing, getting dressed, toileting, and transferring. The performance of these ADLs is important in determining what type of long-term care is best. Also consider medication management when making this decision.

According to the CDC, in 2017
22% of all adults aged 85+
needed help with activities of daily living.

When is the best time?

Evaluating their needs will help to determine the time frame in which the care will need to begin and if they’re able to be independent.

  • independence During the early stages, they may still live independently
  • 24hr care In the middle stages, 24-hour supervision will be required
  • round-the-clock care In the late stages, they will need specialized round-the-clock care

Once you’ve determined what type of care is needed, contact providers who will be able to assist you. Resources to find specialized care providers include your local Alzheimer’s Association, doctors, support groups and trusted referrals. Once your list is compiled, reach out to them individually and explain the type of care and services that are needed. Make sure to ask questions regarding qualifications, services provided, cost of services and availability. Once you’ve narrowed your search, make sure to pre-screen provider’s backgrounds, training, references and conduct on-site visits to ensure that you or your loved one will be in a safe and secure environment.

As Alzheimer’s progresses, there is a greater need for more specialized care and security. This care can be provided in-home with round-the-clock nursing and caregiving. Additionally, the home will need to be secure and the individual will need to be monitored so they cannot do anything to harm themselves or the home. The move to a memory care community certifies that healthcare services, memory care programs, home maintenance/ cleaning, food preparation and security are specialized.

What to Keep, What to Leave

Ensuring a plan is in place and a move is made when the person is still healthy ensures that making the move is their choice and on their terms. They’re able to properly say goodbye to a home they’ve lived in for years and choose which items come with them, it’s an important part of the transition. The person is able to gradually downsize the things that they have, it’ll be less traumatic and they’re able to preserve memories, keepsakes and important items. If a move has to be made quickly from home-care to more residential care, the home and all of the belongings inside can become the overwhelming responsibility of the children, friends, and family. Going through an accumulation of belongings one had collected in their lifetime can be a painstaking task where things of value can be thrown into the garbage. Adult children and family members should carefully consider how much time, energy, and emotion that they can dedicate to a downsizing project without being burned out.

When sorting through belongings, think about where you or your loved one will be moving to, what services will be provided, and what other amenities are available there. Possibilities to consider include maintenance free living, if an automobile is needed, cleaning services, cooking services and meals, climate, appliances, amount of furniture in the space.

Choosing a long-term care community where all levels of care (Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing and Senior Rehabilitation) are available as progression continues, allows you to move into a community and not have to move again.

What you keep can vary depending on the care service you choose Moving methods

Transition

Transitioning into an Alzheimer’s or Dementia Care Community can be an adjustment that spans days, weeks or months. Depending on the progression of the disease, and the person, there is no definitive timeline for how long it will take. Adjustment can increase behavioral symptoms like depression, agitation and confusion. Ways to help them adjust include utilizing important and familiar items in their new space. Personal photos, artwork, and furniture can make a new place feel like home and create a sense of calm. Visiting frequently once they are settled will ensure that they have interaction, engagement and support in their new home. Choosing a community that cares about the family/friends just as much as the resident is important as well. If a community has activities, events, and spaces which encourage family and friends to visit, it’ll be a pleasant experience for both parties.

To learn more about dementia care, check out our blog series covering everything from Identifying Alzheimer’s to Making a Successful Transition into Memory Care.