Thanksgiving Dinner 2015

Dear Residents and Family Members:

Suffield by the River will have a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 26th, with only one seating at 2:00 P.M.

There are a couple of ways to complete registration and return it to Suffield by the River and RSVP. The easiest, if you are technologically inclined, is to fill out the electronic form at the bottom of the page. The other way is to print out the Thanksgiving Menu and RSVP Form and return it to Front Desk NO LATER than Wednesday November 18th.

The guest charge is $26.00 per person, and the menu is listed below:

Soup: Apple Butternut Bisque Soup

Salad: Mixed Greens with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Entrees (choice of three): Roasted Turkey with Stuffing

Baked Ham with Maple Glaze, or

Lobster Ravioli

Starch: Whipped Mashed Potatoes

Vegetables: French Green Beans

Dessert: Pumpkin or Apple Pie

We hope to see you there and wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving! :)

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Father’s Day Dinner 2015

Suffield by the River will host a Father's Day Dinner at 4:30 P.M. on Sunday June 21st. There are a couple of ways to RSVP for this event for whether or not you or any guests will be joining us for the Father's Day celebration (and remember it is very that you RSVP for our holiday dinners):

You can fill out the form electronically below or you can download the atttached Father's Day 2015 form, print it out and fill it out, returning it to the Front Desk NO LATER than Monday June 15th. The guest charge is $26.00 and the menu is below:

Soup: Lobster Bisque

Salad: Caesar Salad

A Choice of Four Entrees:

Beef Tenderloin,

Baked Stuffed Shrimp,

Chicken Madeira,

or Lobster Ravioli with Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

Starch: Whipped Mashed Potatoes

Vegetables: Julienne Carrots and French Green Beans

and Dessert: Chocolate Souffle

We wish you and your family a Happy Father's Day! :)

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Mother’s Day Brunch 2015

Suffield by the River will host Mother's Day Brunch on Sunday, May 10, with two seatings at 9:00 and 11:00.  Evening dinner service FOR RESIDENTS ONLY will be at 4:00 P.M.  The guest charge is $22.00 per person, and the menu is listed below:

Carving Station with Baked Ham,

Salmon with Hollandaise Sauce,

Lobster Bisque,

Belgium Waffles,

Omelette Station, Eggs Benedict, 

Home Fries, Bacon, Sausage

Assorted Pastries, Fresh Fruit, and Assorted Desserts

Coffee, Tea, and Juice

There are two ways to RSVP: Either fill out the form electronically here, or print out the the bottom portion of this Mother's Day Brunch Form and return it to the Front Desk NO LATER than Monday, May 4th.

We hope to see you there, and if not, we hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day :)

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Exercise Beats Vitamin D for Injury Prevention

Exercise Beats Vitamin D for Injury Prevention

By Nicholas Bakalar

Exercise and vitamin D supplements may help prevent injurious falls in older adults, a randomized trial found.

Finnish researchers recruited 409 women ages 70 to 80 who were living at home. They randomly assigned them to one of four groups: a placebo without exercise, daily vitamin D supplements without exercise, placebo with exercise, and vitamin D supplements with exercise. The exercises, done regularly over two years, concentrated on balance, weight bearing, strength and agility. The study is online at JAMA Internal Medicine.

Neither vitamin D supplements nor exercise reduced the number of falls. But compared with the placebo without exercise group, those who took vitamin D alone were 16 percent less likely to be injured in a fall; the placebo and exercise group were 54 percent less likely to be injured; and those who exercised and took supplements were 62 percent less likely to be hurt.

The authors suggest that physical conditioning and vitamin D increase bone density, which could help prevent injury.

“It’s important to develop muscle power, because without muscle power, you can’t have good balance,” said the lead author, Kirsti Uusi-Rasi, a senior researcher at the UKK Institute for Health Promotion Research. As for vitamin D supplements, she said, “If you have low levels, supplements are important, but if you have sufficient levels, more is not better.”


A version of this article appears in print on 03/31/2015, on page D6 of the New York edition of the New York Times with the headline:  Aging: Ways to Prevent Injuries in Falls.

Ten Tips for Communicating with a Person with Dementia

Published on Family Caregiver Alliance (

Caregiver's Guide to Understanding Dementia Behaviors

Caring for a loved one with dementia poses many challenges for families and caregivers. People with dementia from conditions such as Alzheimer's and related diseases have a progressive brain disorder that makes it more and more difficult for them to remember things, think clearly, communicate with others, or take care of themselves. In addition, dementia can cause mood swings and even change a person's personality and behavior. This Fact Sheet provides some practical strategies for dealing with the troubling behavior problems and communication difficulties often encountered when caring for a person with dementia.

Ten Tips for Communicating with a Person with Dementia

We aren't born knowing how to communicate with a person with dementia—but we can learn. Improving your communication skills will help make caregiving less stressful and will likely improve the quality of your relationship with your loved one. Good communication skills will also enhance your ability to handle the difficult behavior you may encounter as you care for a person with a dementing illness.

  1. Set a positive mood for interaction. Your attitude and body language communicate your feelings and thoughts stronger than your words. Set a positive mood by speaking to your loved one in a pleasant and respectful manner. Use facial expressions, tone of voice and physical touch to help convey your message and show your feelings of affection. 
  2. Get the person's attention. Limit distractions and noise—turn off the radio or TV, close the curtains or shut the door, or move to quieter surroundings. Before speaking, make sure you have her attention; address her by name, identify yourself by name and relation, and use non-verbal cues and touch to help keep her focused. If she is seated, get down to her level and maintain eye contact.
  3. State your message clearly. Use simple words and sentences. Speak slowly, distinctly and in a reassuring tone. Refrain from raising your voice higher or louder; instead, pitch your voice lower. If she doesn't understand the first time, use the same wording to repeat your message or question. If she still doesn't understand, wait a few minutes and rephrase the question. Use the names of people and places instead of pronouns or abbreviations.
  4.  Ask simple, answerable questions. Ask one question at a time; those with yes or no answers work best. Refrain from asking open-ended questions or giving too many choices. For example, ask, "Would you like to wear your white shirt or your blue shirt?" Better still, show her the choices—visual prompts and cues also help clarify your question and can guide her response.
  5. Listen with your ears, eyes and heart. Be patient in waiting for your loved one's reply. If she is struggling for an answer, it's okay to suggest words. Watch for nonverbal cues and body language, and respond appropriately. Always strive to listen for the meaning and feelings that underlie the words.
  6. Break down activities into a series of steps. This makes many tasks much more manageable. You can encourage your loved one to do what he can, gently remind him of steps he tends to forget, and assist with steps he's no longer able to accomplish on his own. Using visual cues, such as showing him with your hand where to place the dinner plate, can be very helpful.
  7. When the going gets tough, distract and redirect. When your loved one becomes upset, try changing the subject or the environment. For example, ask him for help or suggest going for a walk. It is important to connect with the person on a feeling level, before you redirect. You might say,"/ see you're feeling sad—I'm sorry you're upset. Let's go get something to eat."
  8. Respond with affection and reassurance. People with dementia often feel confused, anxious and unsure of themselves. Further, they often get reality confused and may recall things that never really occurred. Avoid trying to convince them they are wrong. Stay focused on the feelings they are demonstrating (which are real) and respond with verbal and physical expressions of comfort, support and reassurance. Sometimes holding hands, touching, hugging and praise will get the person to respond when all else fails.
  9. Remember the good old days. Remembering the past is often a soothing and affirming activity. Many people with dementia may not remember what happened 45 minutes ago, but they can clearly recall their lives 45 years earlier. Therefore, avoid asking questions that rely on short-term memory, such as asking the person what they had for lunch. Instead, try asking general questions about the person's distant past—this information is more likely to be retained.
  10. Maintain your sense of humor. Use humor whenever possible, though not at the person's expense. People with dementia tend to retain their social skills and are usually delighted to laugh along with you.
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