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MARCH 2020

Being a Family Caregiver Doesn’t Have to Be Impossible

you’ll have to complete. Does your parent or relative have medications they need to take at specific times during the day? Do they have doctor’s appointments coming up? Do you have to make accommodations for them to live in your house, such as securing handrails in the bathroom or installing a stairlift? Recording all these extra tasks into your schedule will definitely shake things up, but if you write them down and visualize them, you’ll have some peace by knowing it’s possible to complete them. RESTINGWELL When you’re creating your new schedule, don’t forget to set aside time for rest and relaxation, either with your spouse and children or by yourself. You won’t be nearly as effective as a caregiver if you don’t take time to rest and take care of yourself. Factor restful activities into your schedule, whether that means a movie night with your family or a weekend getaway with your spouse. This will ensure you have time to rest and things to look forward to. FINDING YOUR SUPPORT NETWORK Nomatter howmuch you rearrange your schedule, your time is finite, and you won’t always be able to do everything that needs

Amajor part of anyone’s life is finding balance —balance between working and family, working and resting, or taking care of others and taking care of yourself. That said, being a caregiver for an elderly loved one canmake that balancing act more difficult than ever before. Taking care of seniors, especially if they have physical or mental disabilities, is an incredible act of love and sacrifice. However, it can also be incredibly exhausting. If you’ve recently become a caregiver for an elderly parent or relative, or if you’ve been at it for a while and feel like you’re drowning, you can successfully find balance by doing these three things. BUDGETING YOUR TIME Most households try to budget their income to prevent themselves from falling into financial trouble. If you add a new monthly expense to your budget, you have to take that money from another item on your budget. Similarly, if you’re taking care of an elderly loved one, you’ll probably have to spend significant parts of your day taking care of them. While most people understand this intuitively, it still helps to actually write out your schedule and think of it like a budget.

to get done in a day. That’s why it’s just as important to knowwhich family members and friends you can rely on to help you as you care for your older loved ones. When you need a break, who can you count onmake sure that your parent or relative eats their meals, gets out of the house, and takes their medications? Keep a few people inmind and talk to them about how they would feel helping you as a caregiver. Caregiving probably won’t ever feel easy, but if you schedule well, rest well, and find friends and family who are willing to help you, it won’t be impossible. And remember, for all your questions about end-of-life care plans, be sure to give Scott Counsel a call at 856-281-3131.

Think of all the time you know you’ll have to spend caregiving and all the tasks you know

–Justin Scott

Christa’s Corner

This year, World Social Work Day is on March 17, which puts it on the same day as St. Patrick’s Day. As social workers, we like to celebrate and recognize this day with the traditional green apparel. March 17 is historically known for three-leaf clovers, St. Patrick’s Day, leprechauns, and Guinness, but it’s important not to forget to recognize social workers and others in the social service sector for their achievements. On this day, we should raise awareness and support for the important role they play in the lives of vulnerable families and communities. Each year, World Social Work Day promotes a specific theme. This year, it highlights “Promoting the Importance of Human

Relationships.”The social workers of Scott Counsel celebrate the many positive human relationships we develop with our elder clients as we help them through the post-acute and long-term care continuum. We spend a great deal of time giving so much of ourselves through compassion, advocacy, and support that we become very close to our clients. We often feel lucky to have been an integral part in the lives of the elders we serve. So, on March 17, don’t forget to raise those glasses for two special reasons! “May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go.” | 1


all of those funds to health care and education, Costa Rica is often referred to as the “Switzerland of Central America.” Known for its stable democracy, safety, and socialized health care that’s only available once you’ve obtained residency, Costa Rica also offers climates for just about everybody — from the lush jungles of the south to the hot, dry beaches of Guanacaste in the northwest. Expect to find large communities of expats to help you acclimate. MEXICO The first things that come to mind for most people when you mention Mexico are margaritas and beach umbrellas, but this country offers a lot more than that. For starters, Mexico features an enticingly low cost of living. International Living estimates a couple could live in Mexico on anywhere from $1,500–$3,000 per month, depending on location, including health care expenses. Once you’ve obtained residency status, you can sign up for national health care plans that offer full coverage for just a few hundred dollars annually.

Even if you’ve always planned for a comfortable retirement in the United States, choosing to live internationally could be a smart alternative to improve your standard of living in retirement. International Living Magazine’s Retirement Index has tracked objective retirement metrics — like the cost of living, democratic stability, and health care — for the last 40 years. They also take into account reports of correspondents actively living abroad. Here are some of their top picks for international retirement destinations. PANAMA Panama ranks No. 2 in International Living Magazine’s list of best places to retire internationally. With its tropical climate, proximity to the United States, excellent health care, and low tax burden, it’s easy to see why. In Panama City, you can expect to pay at least $2,600 a month in living expenses, but housing costs are substantially lower outside of major metropolitan markets. Panama also offers excellent discounts, up to 25% off of things like airline tickets, hotels, and energy costs through its Pensionado program. COSTA RICA If it’s a textbook paradise you’re looking for, look no further than Costa Rica. Thanks to a 1948 decision to abolish their military and direct

THE FIGHT OF THE CENTURY How a Battle of Boxers Captivated the World

Frazier earned two championship belts through major knockout fights. But when Ali settled his court case and came to reclaim his title, Frazier wasn’t ready to give it up easily. Ringside seats for the fight sold for today’s equivalent of over $1,000. Millions watched the broadcast in over 50 countries around the world, and Madison Square Garden sold out to a crowd of 20,455 spectators. The fighters possessed polar opposite tactics, backgrounds, and social impacts, but when it came to skill, they were evenly matched. The fight captivated the nation. As Sports Illustrated put it at the time, “The thrust of this fight on the public consciousness is incalculable. It has been a ceaseless whir that seems to have grown in decibel with each new soliloquy by Ali, with each dead calm promise by Frazier.” The fight exceeded all expectations with a fully engrossing 15 rounds. For the first quarter of the match, it seemed Ali would best his opponent, but Frazier came back with fury. Even though Ali continued to rise to his feet round after round, Frazier emerged victorious by the slimmest of margins, dealing Ali his first professional loss ever. The landmark event highlighted an unforgettable night of skillful prowess like the world had never seen. Even though the title fight was only the beginning of the rivalry between the two boxers, the matchup rightfully took its place as one of the greatest fights in the history of the sport.

On March 8, 1971, all eyes were on the world of boxing as people watched what would become known as “The Fight of the Century.” It was one of the most anticipated matchups the sport had ever arranged: Current heavyweight champion Joe Frazier and former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali were finally facing off, the first time two undefeated boxers would fight each other for the heavyweight title. Spectators were hungry for a battle. Both fighters held rightful claims to the title of world heavyweight champion. Ali won it in 1964 and successfully defended it for several years, but he was stripped of the title during a legal battle over his induction into the U.S. armed forces. In his absence from the sport,

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One of the greatest things about March Madness is that you don’t have to be a huge college basketball fan to get in on the fun. Kids of all ages can fill out brackets — or have a parent fill one out for them — and watch their picks duke it out on the court. While healthy competition among family members WHOSE PICKS WILL GO ALL THE WAY? March Madness Fun for the Whole Family

can be fun all on its own, check out the following tips if you’re looking to go the extra mile and reap as much fun from March Madness as you can.

TURN EACH GAME INTO AN EVENT. Not every kid may like watching basketball, but if they fill out a bracket, then they might gain at least a passing interest in who will win each game. To elevate their interest, turn


each March Madness matchup into a little party. It doesn’t have to be fancy; make fun snacks to eat while you watch or bet pieces of candy on who will have the most points to create great family bonding opportunities.

Brighten up after a cold, dark winter with this fresh and flavorful springtime dish.


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2 tbsp Parmesan cheese

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2 1/2 tbsp olive oil, divided 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, pounded to a 1-inch thickness Salt and pepper to taste 1/4 cup whole-wheat panko

1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted 6 tbsp spinach pesto 2 cups cherry tomatoes 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced 1 tsp red wine vinegar

REWARD THE WINNERS WITH PRIZES. Offer prizes to each round winner as well as the overall bracket winner to get the whole family involved. Small prize ideas for each round can include a homemade dinner of the winner’s choice, a week’s supply of their favorite snack, or a coupon for getting out of a chore. Whoever wins the whole tournament (or makes it the furthest with their bracket) deserves a bigger reward. Offer them the chance to see a movie of their choice in theaters or to eat a meal at their favorite restaurant. CREATE A LEARNING OPPORTUNITY. Learning math or geography might not sound like your child’s idea of fun, but it can be when they learn it through the lens of March Madness. See if your kids would be interested in understanding the inner workings of the ranking system or studying where some of the qualifying colleges are located on a map of the United States. They may find it so interesting that they don’t even realize they’re learning valuable skills.

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1. In a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil. 2. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and add it to pan. Cook chicken for 5 minutes on each side, then remove pan from heat. 3. In a bowl, combine panko, Parmesan cheese, and butter. 4. Spread pesto over chicken and top with panko mixture. 5. Broil chicken for 2 minutes on high heat until browned. 6. In a skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. 7. Add tomatoes and cook for 6 minutes. 8. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. 9. Season tomato mixture with salt and pepper, and add red wine vinegar. 10. Serve tomatoes with broiled chicken.

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New York City’s Chaotic Annual Tradition


explanation, however, is the May 1 move commemorated the day Dutch colonizers “moved” to Manhattan in the first place. The Moving Day tradition began vanishing in the early 20th century because many cartmen and housing builders were drafted during WorldWar I, leaving fewer movers and less available housing. Additionally, the construction of the New York City subway gave other tenants rapid access to more housing options outside Manhattan. Finally, after many cartmen were again drafted in WWII, the tradition officially ended in 1945.

and frontiersman Davy Crockett called it an “awful calamity”when he discovered the event in 1834. Still, some people loved Moving Day. Long Island farmers took their carts into the city on May 1 and charged as much as a week’s wages to move desperate tenants’ belongings to their new homes, which was a tidy sum in those days. Children were also fond of Moving Day because they got the day off school to help their families navigate the tumultuous time. A few prominent theories have emerged about the origins of this tradition. Some posit that May 1 coincided with the English celebration of May Day. Others say it morphed out of an event where servants would look for new employers. The most well-known

Moving is the worst. The costs of hiring a moving company and the sheer amount of time it takes to physically move everything make the whole affair an aggravating mess. And if you thought moving just one house on your street was terrible, imagine the chaos that would ensue if everyone in your whole city moved on the same day. That’s exactly what happened in New York City for nearly two centuries. FromColonial times until the end ofWorldWar II, May 1 was Moving Day in NewYork. On that day, every lease in the city ended, and pandemonium reigned in the streets as everyone scurried to their new homes. Eyewitness accounts of Moving Day describe the tradition as sheer mayhem. An English writer said Moving Day looked like“a population flying from the plague,”

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