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Energy Conservation Tips To Beat Fatigue

fatigueFrom the Therapy Department

We all get worn out sometimes. But fatigue, secondary to disability or aging, can really interfere with the ability to function independently. If you find that fatigue is keeping you from doing things you want to do in your life, some of these energy conservation techniques from MediLodge of Southfield may help you. Energy conservation means looking at your daily routines to find ways to reduce the amount of effort needed to perform certain tasks, eliminating other tasks, and building more rest throughout the day. Keep in mind that not every technique will work for you. These are suggestions you can use and adapt to find the right fit for you. Remember: Energy is like money—you’ve only got so much, so think about what you’re spending it on!

Rearrange Your Environment

  • Keep frequently used items in easily accessible places.
  • Replace existing heavy items with lighter ones; for example, use plastic plates and cups rather than china and glass.
  • Install long handles on faucets and doorknobs.
  • Adjust work spaces, such as raising a tabletop, to eliminate awkward positions; bad posture drains energy.
  • Install pull-out of swing-out shelving in cabinets.
  • Wear an apron with pockets to carry around cooking utensils or cleaning tools.
  • Consider moving your bed to the first floor to eliminate stair climbing.

Eliminate Unnecessary Effort

  • Sit rather than stand whenever possible: while preparing meals, washing dishes, ironing, etc.
  • Use adaptive equipment to make tasks easier; try a jar opener, a reacher, a shower chair to allow you sit while bathing, or a hands-free headset for your phone.
  • Soak your dishes before washing, then let them air dry; or use paper plates and napkins.
  • Use prepared foods when possible.
  • Get a rolling cart to transport things around the house, rather than carry them.
  • See if your grocery store will deliver your groceries.
  • Use store-provided wheelchairs or scooters when you shop.

Plan Ahead

  • Gather all the supplies you need for a task or project before starting, so everything is in one place.
  • Call ahead to stores to make sure the items you need are available.
  • Cook in larger quantities and refrigerate or freeze extra portions for later.
  • Work rest breaks into activities as often as possible. Take a break before you get tired.
  • Schedule enough time for activities—rushing takes more energy.
  • Try keeping a daily activity journal for a few weeks to identify times of day or certain tasks that result in more fatigue.


  • Eliminate or reduce tasks that aren’t that important to you.
  • Delegate tasks to friends or family members who offer help.
  • Consider hiring professionals, such as a cleaning or lawn care service, to cut down your workload.

From Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners


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The Role of Nutrition in Sarcopenia Prevention

MediLodge of Yale understands the important connection between nutrition and health. Approximately 45% of older adults in the United States are affected by Sarcopenia, a number that will continue to increase as the population ages. Sarcopenia, the Greek term meaning “poverty of the flesh,” is the progressive loss of muscle mass, function, quality, and strength driven by the aging process. This loss of muscle mass often leads to diminished strength and decreased activity levels and can contribute to mobility issues, osteoporosis, falls, and fractures, frailty and loss of physical function and independence.

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Factors that accelerate an older adult’s loss of muscle mass include: decreased physical activity, refusal to consume meals related to restrictive therapeutic diets, decreased ability to eat independently, adverse consequences of medications, and depression. The older adult on average consumes fewer calories and protein than younger adults. Studies illustrate the correlation between protein ingestion and muscle mass. So it is very important to consume proteins in an effort to support good health and to stimulate protein synthesis within the body thus promoting muscle mass. Beneficial proteins are listed below. Try to incorporate and encourage older adults to enjoy these foods and promote good health this holiday season and throughout the year.

Examples of Beneficial Proteins include:

• Pudding

• Cheese / Cottage Cheese / String Cheese

• Peanut Butter / Nuts

• YogurtMediLodge of Yale

• Hearty Soups

• Milk / Dairy Products

• Hard Boiled Eggs

• Hummus

• Granola / Seeds / Nuts

• Tuna / Beef / Pork / Poultry


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July is National Blueberry Month!

By Chris Burchell, Executive Chef, MediLodge of Monroe

July marks national blueberry month. Blueberries have been one of my favorite fruits since I was a young boy. I think my first experience with blueberries was actually a Hostess brand pie, which at the time I thought was the bee’s knees, but now I’ve come to prefer a less manufactured form of blueberry enjoyment.

Blueberries are actually one of the few fruits native to North America. Commercially offered blueberries are usually from species that naturally occur only in eastern and north-central North America. In commercial blueberry production, smaller species are known as “lowbush blueberries” (synonymous with “wild”), and the larger species are known as “highbush blueberries”. Maine produces 25% of all lowbush blueberries in North America. Michigan is the leader in highbush production. In 1998, Michigan farms produced about 250,000 tons of blueberries, accounting for approximately 32% of those eaten in the United States. That is a heck of a lot of blueberries.

Centuries ago, Native Americans knew that blueberries were good for treating stomach problems, but they were limited to eating wild blueberries. Researchers have found blueberries to be higher in antioxidants than any other fruit or vegetable tested. By combating free-radicals in our bodies, antioxidants help protect against cancer and delay the aging process. But that’s not all, there’s evidence that blueberries can reduce urinary tract infections and protect against heart disease, too. One study even found that fighter pilots who were given regular doses of blueberries had significantly improved night vision. I think I need to increase my blueberry intake!

I’m giving you a recipe that is one of my favorite for using blueberries but I highly recommend that you experiment with this delicious and good for you fruit, which happens to be a major agricultural commodity of Michigan.

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Blueberry Cobbler

Yield: 4 Servings



• 2 Cups Blueberries

• 2 Tbsp. white sugar

• 2 Tbsp brown sugar

• Pinch ground cinnamon

• dash of ground nutmeg

• 1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice

• 1-1/2 tsp. cornstarch

• 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

• 2 Tbsp white sugar

• 2 Tbsp brown sugar

• 1/2 tsp. baking powder

• pinch salt

• 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces

• 1 Tbsp. boiling water


Mix Together:

• 3/4 tablespoons white sugar

• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon



1. Preheat convection oven to 375 degrees F.

2. In a large bowl, combine fruit, 1st white sugar, 1st brown sugar, 1st cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and cornstarch. Toss to coat evenly, and pour into baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine flour, 2nd white sugar, 2nd brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend in butter with your fingertips, or a pastry blender, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in water until just combined.

4. Remove fruit from oven, and drop spoonfuls of topping over them. Sprinkle entire cobbler with the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Bake until topping is golden, about 30 minutes.


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