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November 1, 2018
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November Is Cornucopia of Activities Month Our annual Thanksgiving Church Service will be held on Sunday, November 18th at 2:00. The Garwin UMC is in charge of the service. Everyone is welcome to attend. Fellowship and refreshments will follow the service. Thank you. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Bingo will be on Wednesday, November 21st at the regular time. Everyone is welcome! The more the merrier. If your family will be joining us for dinner on Thanksgiving Day, we ask that you please let Dietary know by Wednesday, November 14th. Thank you! We wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the families of Lillian Dostal and Barbara Hutcheson. They will be missed and we will keep them all in our thoughts and prayers. November Holidays Election Day Veteran’s Day Thanksgiving Day November Birthdays Residents Phyllis Wallace Nov 11th Staff Amy Wrage Nov 8th Katie Chizek Nov 17th Pam Lakabung Nov 18th Tammy Anderson Nov 23rd Kathy Vavroch Nov 23rd Happy Birthday to all of you!! We’d like to welcome our new residents, Mildred Pieper, Marvin Haverkamp, Dale Williams and Marjorie Degner to Westbrook Acres. We look forward to getting to know you and hope you enjoy your stay here. Our Activity Room is always open for friends and family members to reserve for various occasions. We would ask that you please make reservations with Michele or Marilyn in Activities. We will mark it down on our calendar to better serve everyone. Thank you. November 2018 Recognition Dates National Home Care & Hospice Month This month focuses on public awareness of home health care and hospice services and honors the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists, and social workers who make a remarkable difference for the patients and families they serve. We would like to honor and recognize our Veterans here at Westbrook Acres. We are forever indebted to them for their willingness to serve this great country and thankful for all the sacrifices they and their families made for our freedoms. God Bless all of you!! Casey Tucker Army Keith Alberts Navy Pete Hoing Army George Bruene Army Independent Living Lynn Steiert Army Thanks everyone for the Halloween candy that was brought in! It’s always appreciated! Everyone had a spookin’ GREAT time!! Congratulations Congratulations to Tammy Anderson on being a grandma for the first time. Kinslee Kay was born on Tuesday Oct 23rd at 8:00 a.m. She weighed 6lbs. 6oz. and was 19 inches long. We know you’ll love spoiling her Tammy! Congratulations to Jill Collins on the birth of her twin grandsons. Lucca Alan was 4lbs 6oz, and Tatum Thomas was 4lbs. 12 oz. They were born Monday, October 29th at 6:07 a.m. They commented “we’re going to struggle keeping them straight,” as yes they are identical. We wish you all the very best on your fun new journey keeping up with twins! Gladbrook’s Tree Lighting Festivities will be held downtown again this year on Monday November 26th from 5:00 – 7:00. The City Center will also have the Festival of Trees display held upstairs. The Gladbrook Commercial Club always does such a wonderful job. You won’t want to miss this, it is just beautiful. Thanks to all who have a hand in getting the Christmas spirit ready for us in such a great way! Mark Your Calendars This year’s Christmas parties will be held on Wednesday December 12th for the Alzheimer’s Unit, and Friday December 14th for the Main. We ask that you would please bring a gift in for your family member to be given to them from Santa Claus the day of our parties. You can bring them in anytime now if you’d like. If you have any questions feel free to contact Michele or Marilyn in Activities. Thank you! A letter from the Administrator: Welcome to November! The days will now begin to grow shorter…don’t forget about Daylight Saving Time the first Sunday in November. The facility has a lot of fun things planned for the upcoming holidays! It is so fun to see all of the visitors during this time of year! I want to extend a HUGE thank you to all that helped assemble and celebrate the new piano! It was a wonderful turn out with great musical talent. We are so blessed to have this wonderful community! I would also like to invite anyone interested in our Dementia Support Group to please join us! The next group is scheduled for Tuesday, November 27th at 4pm. We typically like to meet in the Activities Room. Please spread the word! Have a wonderful fall! November 2018 Sweet Potatoes versus Yams If you’ve ever scanned the produce aisle for some sweet potatoes, spotted a sign for yams, and thought, “Well, they’re basically the same thing... right?” you’re not alone. While they’re often marketed interchangeably (most likely because of a somewhat similar appearance), the truth is, yams and sweet potatoes are very different root vegetables. According to Chef Marc Bauer, master chef at the International Culinary Center, a yam is characterized by dark and sometimes rough skin, though the flesh is whiter in shade and dry. “Yams require more oil, cream, or butter when cooked and are generally starchier than the modern sweet potato,” Bauer says. They’re also grown all over the world. Sweet potatoes on the other hand, have a lighter skin, with tapered ends, and a light yellow to deep orange flesh. First introduced to the U.S. many decades ago, sweet potatoes have a naturally sweet taste. As a result, you won’t have to add as much butter, oil, or cream in order to enjoy them, says Bauer. And when it comes to recipe ideas, the possibilities are endless: Try sweet potato fries, mashed sweet potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, or loaded baked sweet potatoes (to name a few). As for how they stack up nutritionally, both vegetables pack a big punch: According to Bauer, a 100-gram serving of yams provides about 30 percent of your daily dose of Vitamin C and about 800 mg of potassium. In contrast, the same 100-gram serving of sweet potatoes will give you more than three times the content of Vitamin A needed in your daily diet, with 330 mg of potassium. But if it’s calories you’re counting, sweet potatoes might be the way to go—they have more than 20 percent fewer calories than yams. How to Choose: Look for small to medium sweet potatoes, which are sweet and creamy. (The larger ones tend to be starchier.) The skin should be firm, smooth, and even-toned. The deeper the color of the potato, in general, the richer it is in the antioxidant beta-carotene. How to Store: Keep sweet potatoes in a cool, dry place—think pantry, not refrigerator—for up to 2 weeks. Hang on to them longer and their high sugar content will cause them to spoil. So Why Can’t You Call It a Yam? While orange sweet potatoes sometimes wear this label in the United States, true yams are starchy, white-fleshed tubers common to tropical countries—not your grandmother’s famed candied casserole. (If you want to try a real yam, they’re often sold at international food markets.) Five Ways To Enjoy Sweet Potatoes •Sweet Potato Wedges With Rosemary and Brown Sugar Toss sweet potato wedges with olive oil, brown sugar, salt, pepper, and chopped fresh rosemary. Roast at 400° F, tossing once, until tender, 45 to 50 minutes. •Sweet Potato and Bacon Pasta Sauté peeled and diced sweet potatoes in olive oil with smashed garlic cloves until tender. Toss with cooked pasta, grated Parmesan, crumbled bacon, and chopped fresh chives. •Baked Sweet Potatoes With Chipotle Sour Cream Pierce whole sweet potatoes with a fork. Bake at 400° F until tender, 45 to 50 minutes. Serve with a mixture of sour cream and chipotle chili powder. Top with chopped fresh cilantro. Tip: Pureed cooked sweet potatoes are a delicious alternative to canned pumpkin puree in pies, cakes, and casseroles. Reference: Enjoy your next holiday meal with sweet potatoes or try a different recipe. Amy Mooney-Geels, RDN

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group WHEN: Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 WHERE: Westbrook Acres Activities Room TIME: 4:00pm Family Members have their own individual ways of coping with loved ones who suffer from Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Our group provides an understanding and compassionate atmosphere to discuss different ways of dealing with the effects of either disease. Snacks and beverages are provided! 605 Garfield St. Gladbrook, IA 50635 PLEASE RSVP with Heather @ 641-473-2016 If you or any of your family members would like to receive the monthly newsletter by e-mail please talk to Michele or Marilyn in Activities. Thanks!



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