#MilkChocolateDay Recipe – Milk Chocolate Popcorn

Posted on: July 28th, 2017

National Milk Chocolate Day was started by the National Confectioners Association. Solid chocolate, when combined with either powdered, liquid or condensed milk, is known as milk chocolate.  The most popular of all candy bars sold contain milk chocolate.  Milk chocolate is also a popular ingredient in baking, specialty coffee.

What is milk chocolate? Solid chocolate, when combined with either powdered, liquid or condensed milk, is known as milk chocolate.  The most popular of all candy bars sold contain milk chocolate.  Milk chocolate is also a popular ingredient in baking, specialty coffee drinks, and hot chocolate.

But you’re probably asking yourself, is milk chocolate good for you? According to a 2015 study, “Eating up to 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of chocolate daily is linked with lowered risks of heart disease and stroke, scientists reported on June 15th in the journal Heart. That amount of chocolate is equal to about 22 Hershey’s Kisses, two Hershey bars or two bags of M&M’s, depending on how you want to divvy up this good news.” You can read more about the finding here.

In honor of National Milk Chocolate Day, we are sharing a healthy and delicious recipe with you. To make it Diabetes friendly, we suggest using sugar-free milk chocolate, which is readily available in all supermarkets. 

Milk Chocolate Popcorn

  • 12 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 package Hershey® Sugar-Free Milk Chocolate Morsels

1. Using a hot air popper, freshly pop the kernels—Alternatively, pop on the stove with a tablespoon oil. Once the popcorn is fully popped, transfer to a large salad bowl.
2. Place chopped chocolate in a microwave safe bowl covered with a paper towel and melt for 45 seconds to 1 minute. The key is for the chocolate chips to completely melt and have a smooth consistency. Stir and reheat if necessary.
3. Drizzle the hot chocolate over the popcorn kernels and stir well to combine. Spread on parchment paper and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. Enjoy!

Assemblywoman Helene E. Weinstein Honors Residents for Older Americans Month

Posted on: May 23rd, 2017

Older Americans Month is in full swing at The Waterford on the Bay

Brooklyn, NY, May 18, 2017:  Each May, we celebrate Older Americans Month (OAM). This year’s theme, designed by The Administration of Community Living (ACL) is “Age Out Loud”. The Waterford on the Bay Assisted Living welcomed Assemblywoman Helene E. Weinstein to its’ community for a special dedication ceremony in honor of Older Americans Month.

Assemblywoman Helene E. Weinstein came to honor those residents who were 100 years of age or older. This year Assemblywoman Weinstein presented four residents living at Waterford on the Bay received a Certificate of Merit as an Older American Month Honoree. Those honored included their oldest resident, age 103. Also honored were three other residents aged, 102, 101, 100 years young.

One resident said “I am very pleased with this event, to be remembered and honored. The decorations were so nice and cheerful.”

When a staff person was asked about the event Anton, Assistant Administrator stated “Recognizing our older Americans and honoring them by celebrating their stories and their contributions to our city and our country is such an important thing that we can do. Each one of these individuals have seen and experienced things we cannot begin to imagine. They each have their individuality and live their lives with passion. They are a vital part of our country and our community. Providing support and assistance to them is our main goal at The Waterford on the Bay. We look forward to this celebration next year.”

Shirler Holker, Director of Activities stated “In celebration of OAM, it gives me great pleasure to honor and appreciate our seniors this day”.

The Waterford on the Bay is an assisted living community with a dedicated service to those suffering with dementia or other memory care need.

The Waterford on the Bay Older Americans Month Presentation by Helene Weinstein

The Waterford on the Bay Older Americans Month Presentation by Assemblywomen Helene Weinstein

Does Your Loved One Need Memory Care?

Posted on: May 15th, 2017

memory care

Lets say your dad is about 80-years old. He lives on his own and, up until recently, has been an independent, on-the-go senior. A couple of months go by and he forgets to pay his bills. You come to visit for lunch and he can’t remember how to use the kitchen stove. He even forgot his doctor’s appointment and sometimes can’t find the right words or confuses words when speaking with you. These are all signs of memory loss. Your dad may need memory care.

Memory care is care for those who have been diagnosed with memory loss and who need help with areas of daily living (ADL).            

If you suspect your loved one may be showing signs of a memory problem, please contact a medical professional for evaluation. And if you find yourself in need of a memory care facilities in your area, please reach out to us at The Waterford on the Bay.

About Memory Loss

As we age, we lose brain cells. This loss sometimes affects our ability to recall a name or remember where we left our car keys. These are often called “senior moments.” Although it’s a normal process of aging – a noticeable amount of  changes in our memory are signs of something else.

When the term memory loss is used, it’s usually associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) because AD is the most common type of loss, occurring in about 5 million Americans. The more general term for memory loss is dementia (not a specific disease itself), which is the loss of memory from brain trauma, stroke, or a degenerative disease, as well as a loss of at least one other brain function like language.

Dementia affects your mental abilities, which affect your ability to carry out ADL.

People with dementia usually have trouble solving problems, doing daily tasks, and may even have trouble controlling their emotions.

According to familydoctor.org, here are some signs that are not part of normal memory loss.

  • Forgetting things much more often than you used to
  • Forgetting how to do things you’ve done many times before
  • Trouble learning new things
  • Repeating phrases or stories in the same conversation
  • Trouble making choices or handling money
  • Not being able to keep track of what happens each day

Other diseases that fall under dementia include the following:

  • Vascular Dementia
  • Mixed Dementia
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome
  • Dementia with Lewy Bodies
  • Frontotemporal Dementia
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD)

Memory Care Facilities

Memory care facilities, like Serenity at The Waterford on the Bay, are designed for those that need help with ADLs but who still want to keep some sort of independence. The goal is to offer a safe and secure place with professional staff that is trained to care for those with memory loss.

These facilities are usually located as a separate wing of an assisted living community called special care units (SCUs). At The Waterford on the Bay, we have the top floor of our facility called Serenity, as a dedicated memory facility. The facilities have 24-hour support, private and semi-private rooms, and locked and alarmed premises to assure no one wonders off. 

There are common areas for meals, activities and socialization. Daily activities are planned that help residents with their memory. Some activities may include:

  • Games and trivia
  • Exercise
  • Baking
  • Music  & Art therapy
  • Pet appreciation
  • Local field trips
  • Reminiscing
  • Nature programs

The facility is usually designed with soothing colors, relaxing sounds, aromatherapy, and chairs and blankets. Studies show that sing this type of decor has a calming effect on Alzheimer’s patients. At The Waterford on the Bay, we commissioned hand painted murals to adorn the floor. First of all they act to create a soothing environment while acting as camouflage to certain areas on the floor. 

For more information about Memory Care Assisted Living at the Waterford on the Bay, please call 718-891-8400 or email us at admissions@thewaterfordonthebay.com

Sources:
http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_related_diseases.asp
http://www.nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers/Publications/adfact.htm
http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/seniors/common-older/124.html
http://www.wfaa.com

AND THE AWARD GOES TO … THE WATERFORD ON THE BAY!

Posted on: February 25th, 2015

2015 Winner of the Service Excellence Award

It is award season and as we learn who are this year’s Grammy winners and eagerly await the eloquent Oscar speeches, there is an award everyone caring for a Senior loved one is excited about: The Caring Star of 2015 conferred to The Waterford on the Bay by Caring.com.
Bypassing politics, sponsored editorial content, and concentrating on simply providing objective and concise information, Caring.com is today’s leading online destination for people seeking information and support, as they care for aging family members and loved ones, providing families around the country with the best information available to make confident decisions about senior care and services.
Considering that more than 40 million people in the United States care for someone over age 50, yet most have little preparation or experience when they begin their caregiving journey, this information is both valuable and in high demand.
The Service Excellence Award bestowed upon The Waterford on the Bay, recognizes its outstanding Senior care and their consistent high ratings from residents and their families, as well as eldercare experts.
“This award ”, says Lisa Sclafani LNHA, at The Waterford on the Bay, “truly reflects the quality of care, as well as the luxurious and superior accommodations we provide, from the lavish fine dining and stimulating social activities, to our concierge assistance and overall upscale ambiance. We pride ourselves on the personal attention that is distinctive of The Waterford – not to mention our breathtaking views of the bay!”
This designation, indeed, places The Waterford on the Bay in the top one percent of senior care providers nationwide according to those who matter most – their families.
For more information about The Waterford on the Bay’s all-inclusive monthly pricing, please call 718-891-8400.

Exciting Things Are Happening at Waterford!

Posted on: December 31st, 2014

New State-of-the-Art Medication Distribution Method at Waterford
Our new easy to follow pre-packaged med system helps residents stay on schedule and ensures timely distribution by med techs. Especially easy for residents who manage their own meds in their room, this system ensures they won’t forget to take any pills: No more multiple bottles to open!

Introducing Innovative Sensory-Based Memory Care at The Waterford on The Bay

Posted on: December 24th, 2014

The Waterford on The Bay, Brooklyn’s premier Assisted Living community in the heart of Sheepshead Bay, has recently unveiled a new Sensory-Based Memory Program. The Serenity Unit is a cozy and personalized environment of 38 beds on The Waterford’s fifth floor entirely dedicated to the special needs of individuals with mild to moderate levels of memory loss. In this secure and therapeutic setting, The Waterford has implemented an effective new Recreation Program based on sensory stimulation and leading-edge research that emphasizes the importance of engaging residents with dementia in activities that are purposeful, meaningful and
stress-free.

Unlike typical activity programs that place pressure on the resident to perform – which often leads to anxiety, agitation, and frustration, “The Serenity Sensory Program”, says Janet Budhram, Program Coordinator, “caters to the needs of higher functioning and lower functioning individuals, with a carefully planned selection of short ½ hour activities that provide residents with novelty, variety and the opportunity to keep active and maintain a sense of purpose. In small groups of 5-10 individuals, residents are motivated by activities that gently stimulate their senses thus keeping them focused and interested. ”

A Certified Nursing Assistant and trained Recreational Aide herself, Budhram underlines the importance of the Serenity Unit being well staffed at all times by a highly trained team of Dementia Care professionals. Registered Nurses; Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapists; as well as Recreation Staff, Home Health Aides and Personal Care Aides are all actively involved in engaging the residents in a carefully planned weekly schedule that provides residents with a sense of safe continuity that accompanies a familiar routine.

Significantly, The Serenity Unit promotes independence and self-respect, allowing residents the opportunity to freely ambulate around the floor and presenting them with optional activities that instill an overall sense of purpose to their day-to-day living. Activities include exercises, arts and crafts, sing-alongs and an array of manipulative materials such as dominoes, puzzles, and individualized table games, and are tailored to the functioning level of each group.

“Our residents enjoy aromatherapy because they can meditate and relax while listening to music” says Kathy Flynn, an RN and Certified Dementia Specialist who visits on a daily basis.

Capitalizing on The Waterford’s natural surroundings, and weather permitting, the staff takes delight in leading the residents on outdoor walks, enjoying BBQ’s on the terrace and relishing the fresh air that comes in from the Bay.

The Serenity Unit is a warm and welcoming place for individuals with mild to moderate memory impairment to make their home, with specialized programming that engages the residents in a full array of sensorial experiences designed to appeal to their values and personal preferences. They remain connected and purposeful in the safe and well cared for environment at The Waterford, where they find joy in their daily living.

Call The Waterford’s Admissions Department at 866-769-1006 for details about the Sensory-Based Memory Program and more information about their all-inclusive monthly pricing: Five star luxury environment and unsurpassed first class care has never been more affordable!

The Waterford on the Bay’s Music Video!

Posted on: December 10th, 2013

The Waterford on the Bay Senior Living recently created our own music video. We feel that this video personifies Waterford on the Bay – a warm, fun and beautiful place – hospitality at it’s finest. It was shown at this year’s annual holiday party and received fantastic reviews.
“People were laughing clapping crying…..it was great!! “.

Waterford on the Bay from Vision & Hart on Vimeo.

Meet Janet: Serenity Coordinator

Posted on: October 9th, 2013

Please allow me to introduce myself; my name is Janet Budhram and I am the Coordinator for the Serenity Unit at The Waterford On The Bay. In addition to working as the Coordinator, I am also a Certified Nursing Assistant and trained Recreational Aide. Working on the Serenity floor gives me the opportunity to work in a close family environment with our clients. Currently, there are 27 residents on this floor and working with me everyday are multiple Recreation staff, Horne Health Aides, Personal Care Aides, Registered Nurses, and speech and physical therapists.

On our floor, we start our day around 7am and we get our clients ready for restaurant style breakfast overlooking the view of the water. After meals, there is a choice of a high function or low function activity and our clients are given an option in which they would like to participate. Low functioning activities are orchestrated by Gloria, a member of our recreation staff, and consist of walking exercises, arts n crafts, sing alongs and live musical guests. High functioning activities played in smaller groups led by myself consist of games like bingo, dominoes and blackjack.

Also, we have beauty days where I sit with some of the residents and we do manicures and aromatherapy. Our residents enjoy aromatherapy because they can meditate and relax while listening to music. Kathy Flynn, an RN and Certified Dementia Specialist visits on a daily basis as well as Bella, our on staff musician. Our staff is highly trained, even our dining room wait staff and housekeeping staff are either Home Health Aides or Personal Care Aides.

Once the weather is nice we take walks outside and also enjoy BBQ’s on our outdoor terrace and our clients really enjoy getting fresh air. Also, many families come and take their loved ones out for the day or home for holidays and parties. We make sure that the Serenity Unit is a welcoming and enjoyable place for our clients to make their home as well as a place where they can be safe and happy. If you are thinking about bringing your loved one here to live, rest assured that they will receive the same care and attention that I give to all of my seniors.

Specialty RX CEU Seminar at The Waterford on the Bay

Posted on: June 20th, 2013

The Specialty RX CEU SeminarThe Specialty RX invites Administrators and Directors of Nursing to a CEU Seminar on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at The Waterford on the Bay Senior Living.

The seminar will feature speakers Lydia Restivo RN, C.D.O.N.A & Ruth West RN, BS on the topic of “THE SPINNING WHEEL OF REHAB: Where Does A Restorative Nursing Program Fit In?”

· Approved for 6 LNHA CEUs by NAB
· No Admission Fee
· Reservations Required
· Kosher Breakfast & Lunch
· Health Care Vendor Exhibits
· Valet Parking

For more information about this event, please call Signature Events at 917-327-8261 or email info@signatureeventsny.com
To register, please fill out the registration form online at www.signatureeventsny.com or fax the completed form to 718-799-1041.

2012 Holiday Party

Posted on: December 27th, 2012

Our 2012 Holiday Party for Healthcare Professionals was a success!
View photos from the event here