Zella Smoak, author of “Losing Johanna” spoke to us about Alzheimer’s Disease. A former attorney and Nurse Practitioner familiar with the disease, Zella gave us tips to recognize and deal with the disease. She urged early diagnosis, as some medications can slow the process.
Early symptoms of Alzheimer’s:
1. Memory life that “disrupts” your daily life, newly acquired information. Person asks for dates, events and for same information over & over.
2. Difficulty planning and problem solving. Inability to balance a checkbook, do spread sheets & math (if they could do them before). Difficulty following a recipe.
3. Can’t complete daily tasks. Driving very difficult. Not able to remember rules of a favorite game.
4. Confusion of time & place. Forgetting where they are and how they got there. Not knowing when a holiday was or will be.
5. Trouble with visual images. Can’t see contrast, trouble with distinguishing colors, and judging distances.
6. Trouble following or joining in conversation. Struggle with words.
7. Misplacing things & not being able to retrace your steps. Accuse others of stealing. Frustration can occur.
8. Decreased or poor judgement. With money(telemarketers), grooming (may become frightened of water.
9. Begin to withdraw - from sports & hobbies that they loved. Depression can occur.
10. Changes in mood & personality. Anxious out of comfort zone, such as at doctor’s office and hospitals.
Joann Tremelling, Sierra Nevada Region Stop Trafficking Coordinator Dec 2015
Joanne shared the scary statistics of child trafficking in the Sacramento area, including our region. Most girls are 12-14 years old and boys, although not as many, are 14-17 years old. These children are wooed by young people away from their home situations with promises of all kinds, only to be sold for the sex trade. There are over 100 kids in custody in juvenile court in Sacramento who have been involved. These children are no longer considered prostitutes, but victims and there are all kinds of services offered to them because of new legislation and awareness of this problem. Most of these are runaways from the foster care system; they are nameless and faceless, most of whom are never reported as missing by their foster parents, who continue to cash their checks. The perpetrators are men, 50 % of them are married and 40% college educated.
Fortunately, more legislation is coming to help with these children. Joanne asked us all to be vigilant by looking for the following possibilities that a child is a victim:
If you see this, contact law enforcement immediately and ask for a welfare check for the child.
The way Soroptimist International is helping is by
Good Women International Mary Wollesen, speaker
Joanna Britt along with Mary Wollesen, owner of Rhythms Studio, home of Zumba, and several of the women at the studio, have banded together to form an organization called Good Women International to prevent Human Trafficking.
Mary informed us of some frightening statistics:
Those typically taken are victims of substance abuse, poverty, abuse, and those in foster care, runaways or truant. These individuals often view violence as love because of their experiences. The I-80 corridor is one of the main lines of trafficking with proximity to Bay Area ports and Nevada.
Good Women International supported A-21 (Abolition of Slavery in the 21st Century) in their creation of an anti-human trafficking curriculum for high schools. This multi-week program works to inform students of the dangers of trafficking. Currently there are no programs at Placer or Nevada County high schools, but GWI will work for inclusion in the schools.
Good Women International is a program of Village Care International, a non-profit focusing on empowering people in African villages.
Danielle Yantis, representing Western Sierra Medical Center spoke to us about the center and the problem of obesity.
Western Sierra's new facility will be opening on Old Tunnel Road December 15 with the approach allowing the patient to decide treatment when given all options by a comprehensive team. All resources will be located in one facility: medical, dental, mental health, nutrition, and pediatrics. With this holistic, interdisciplinary approach, "How can I help you help you", patients will be part of the solution. Western Sierra takes private pay, medi-cal, county and sliding scale payments.
Obesity in our country is of epidemic proportions with 1/3 of the population in this category. The AMA has decided that it is a disease and, therefore, can get medical attention. There is a genetic component. Thirty genes are related to obesity with 9% of people expressing those genes. It starts with white fat cells, which are a direct result of maternal health. White cells are found throughout the body and can expand massively. Brown fat cells are metabolically active and burn energy. This peaks at birth and starts declining as we age. Beige or brown cells in the white fat cells counteract against the harmful white cells and improve metabolic health. Exercise turns white cells into brown ones.
Theories of the cause of obesity include environmental toxins, the pleasure center of the brian overriding fullness signals, food addiction where food triggers dopamine, poor quality diet, dieting, decrease of physical activity and disease and medications. The treatment solutions are as follows:
1. Get adequate sleep
2. Stay hydrated
3. Manage Stress
4. Practice mindful eating
5. Reduce calories by 500 per day (eliminate 250 and exercise 250) with whole food
6. Increase activity
7. Identify eating habits and pick one thing to change
Dieting is also a major cause of obesity. Fad diets do not work when stopped and not eating slows metabolism. The Mediterranean diet with vegetables and fruit, lean meat, good oils, and whole grains seems to work best for weight loss and heart health.
Camille McSeveney, MSW, spoke to us about her groups, "Women of a Certain Age". which she conducts for women about conscious aging. Camille has had great response after a November 4 article in The Union and currently leads two groups of 9 women and is considering more.
The groups help women deal with their negative conceptions about aging, where they might feel invisible, excluded or discriminated against. Condescension about age is another factor some women deal with. Camille believes that youth is looking backward and that this age is a time for look at "your stuff" and become a better person. Many women live for their offspring, rather than themselves, or spend so much time trying to be younger with creams, etc, that they forget that there is much of life to live right now.
Providing a safe place to discuss these fears and feelings, Camille helps women prepare for the next phase of their lives.
For more information:
Camille McSeveney, MSW
Black "Forbidden" Rice Salad
1 1/2 c. forbidden black rice
3 1/4 c. water/ broth
2T soy sauce
3T sesame oil
1/2T ground coriander
1 lb. sweet potato or butternut squash, diced
1-2 large beats, diced
2-3 large carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, sliced
bunch of scallions, sliced
lemon juice to taste (1-2T)
*Bring rice, water, pinch of salt to a quick boil, cover and lower heat to a simmer for 30 minutes.
*Let rice sit while you whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, & coriander.
*Roast vegetables to taste. 350 for 15 minutes or until fork comes out easily. Or Steam 10-15minutes.
*Let rice cool, then add vegetables. Top with scallions. Season with lemon juice to taste.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust (low carbs)
1 head or pkg riced cauliflower
1 t basil
½ t oregano
2 cloves minced ( I use more) garlic
¼ C parmesan
¼ C Mozzarella (I just use ½ C grated parmesan)
Rice cauliflower or put pkg in covered bowl in microwave for 3 minutes, take out excess water with paper towel.
Stir in ingredients, transfer to parchment covered baking sheet
Bake for 15 or more minutes at 425
Top with whatever you like and bake an additional 10-15 minutes.
Perfect Prime Rib recipe
Prime Rib recipe
5 minutes per pound at 500 degrees, turn off oven, do not open for 2 hours
The Soroptimist Pledge Cheat Sheet as taught by Jessie Hughs
Jessie was a former president of a San Jose Soroptimist Club and a home economist for PG&E. She was an active Life Member in our club until her death at 90+ years old. She would delight in providing us with slogans if we did not have one when we had to introduce ourselves. She also taught us about the Soroptimist pin and the pledge. The following is the way Jessie instructed us on how to remember the pledge, through mnemonic devices and other means.
I pledge allegiance to Soroptimism and to the ideals for which it stands:
San Jose Dill (Pickle)
Sincerity of Friendship
Joy of Achievement
Dignity of Service
Integrity of Profession
Love of Country
I promise to PUD (Public Utility District-she worked for PG&E)
Defend these ideals
For a larger fellowship in HARRY S. TRUMAN BUT WITH A B (DON’T REMEMBER WHY YOU CAN THINK Home Savings Bank)
For Country and For God.
Remember, that even those of us repeating it for 20+ years mess it up sometime.
Soroptimist International of Grass Valley meets the first Thursday of the month at 12:30 and the third Thursday of the Month at 5:30 at the Nevada County Contractors Assn 149 Crown Point Ct. Please Contact Us for more information